Being Alive Quotes

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Matt Haig
“It is easy to mourn the lives we aren't living. Easy to wish we'd developed other other talents, said yes to different offers. Easy to wish we'd worked harder, loved better, handled our finances more astutely, been more popular, stayed in the band, gone to Australia, said yes to the coffee or done more bloody yoga.
It takes no effort to miss the friends we didn't make and the work we didn't do the people we didn't do and the people we didn't marry and the children we didn't have. It is not difficult to see yourself through the lens of other people, and to wish you were all the different kaleidoscopic versions of you they wanted you to be. It is easy to regret, and keep regretting, ad infinitum, until our time runs out.
But it is not lives we regret not living that are the real problem. It is the regret itself. It's the regret that makes us shrivel and wither and feel like our own and other people's worst enemy.
We can't tell if any of those other versions would of been better or worse. Those lives are happening, it is true, but you are happening as well, and that is the happening we have to focus on.”
Matt Haig, The Midnight Library

Eve Ensler
“I finally know the difference between pleasing and loving, obeying and respecting. It has taken me so many years to be okay with being different, and with being this alive, this intense. (xxvi)”
Eve Ensler, I Am an Emotional Creature

Matt Haig
“We only need to be one person.
We only need to feel one existence.
We don't have to do everything in order to be everything, because we are already infinite. While we are alive we always contain a future of multifarious possibility.”
Matt Haig, The Midnight Library

Matt Haig
“Of course, we can't visit every place or meet every person or do every job, yet most of what we'd feel in any life is still available. We don't have to play every game to know what winning feels like. We don't have to hear every piece of music in the world to understand music. We don't have to have tried every variety of grape from every vineyard to know the pleasure of wine. Love and laughter and fear and pain are universal currencies. We just have to close our eyes and savour the taste of the drink in front of us and listen to the song as it plays. We are as completely and utterly alive as we are in any other life and have access to the same emotional spectrum.”
Matt Haig, The Midnight Library

Henry Cloud
“You aren't alive if you aren't in need.”
Henry Cloud, Safe People: How to Find Relationships That Are Good for You and Avoid Those That Aren't

Haruki Murakami
“Tobacco’s a killer,” Kafuku said. “Being alive is a killer, if you think about it,” Misaki said.”
Haruki Murakami, Men Without Women: Stories

Tamara Ireland Stone
“You do realize the message of this play, right?" Tyler asked.
"Sure." My arm was still over my eyes. "It's about life on a farm and falling in love and watching the people you love die. So, you know, that's awesome."
He ignored the sarcasm. "It's about being alive. About noticing all the little things, because no one ever knows if it's the last time they'll see them.”
Tamara Ireland Stone, Little Do We Know

“It felt so amazing to be alive I could never think of anything else.”
Marty Rubin

Arzum Uzun
“Take every breath as an event.”
Arzum Uzun

Marie Lu
“You killed the princess in the tower."

"In some ways, she was already dead, wasn't she? Are you truly alive if you spend your entire life locked in a tower, hidden away for so long that you wouldn't even know to flee if the door opened for you?"

His words rang deep in my chest, as true and clear as the music of him that had first called to me all those years ago. His irises were gold, hypnotizing me. *Are you alive, Nannerl?* they seemed to say to me. *Don't you want to be?*”
Marie Lu, The Kingdom of Back

“There’s not much point to being alive if you don’t do what you can to make life better for someone else, is there?”
Michael Thomas Ford, The Road Home

Victoria Schwab
“Sydney's arms were beginning to ache from lifting the shovel, but for the first time in a year, she wasn't cold. Her cheeks burned, and she was sweating through her coat, and she felt alive.
As far as she was concerned, that was the only good thing about digging up a corpse.”
Victoria Schwab, Vicious

“The biggest reason for our existence is to feel the rapture of being alive.”
Lebo Grand

“Like a caterpillar that excruciatingly turns upside down inside a dark cocoon to transform into a beautiful butterfly, human consciousness must also undergo a similar process, evolving and becoming a rational and sensible being. It is a painful human awakening from ignorance to wisdom, from bigotry to tolerance, from indifference to empathy. (— Danny Castillones Sillada, The Sensation of Not Being Dead)”
Danny Castillones Sillada

Romain Gary
“To 'live', to be truly alive, it is not enough simply to breathe, to suffer, nor even to be happy; life is a secret that cannot be discovered on one’s own. True living is done in pairs.”
Romain Gary, Au-delà de cette limite votre ticket n'est plus valable

“The deeper the awakening of man is, the nearer he is towards the Truth in completing the task of his transitory existence. And when his time is up, it is, by intrinsic necessity, an inescapably irreversible condition that he should no longer wake up! (— Danny Castillones Sillada, The Sensation of Not Being Dead)”
Danny Castillones Sillada

Samir Satam
“I am not a visitor. I am more of a trespasser, interested in secret little deaths of people who think they are alive, people who are inching towards death with each breathing moment, people who don't realize that life is just a temporary phase of a long journey, like I never did when I was alive, people who will soon become trespassers like me. Why do I think that this phase of trespassing is permanent? Maybe I too am just as stupid as these humans to think I am wiser than them!”
Samir Satam, Litost: Sliced Stories

“Being alive is having what I want.”
Marty Rubin

“Life is not the problem, life is a solution. Those who think it to be endured are miserable souls and their views were shaped by negative energy, those who believe that there is anything better, are misled by their urge to live eternally and are apparent witnesses to the greatness of life since they want more of it and not less.

I know that life under a human form is a gift, few creatures get the privilege to experience it as such; to whatever cause I had the chance to experience it in its fullness in a positive way, I am utterly grateful.”
Lamine Pearlheart, Aether

“Mostly what I write and think about is how happy I am to be alive.”
Marty Rubin

Trevor Carss
“Being a kid was much more fun than being an adult. Life was sweeter then.”
Trevor Carss

“Overwhelmed by the miracle of being alive I could scarcely think of anything else.”
Marty Rubin

Romain Gary
“To the people, Morel was the hero of a cause that had nothing to do with nations and political ideologies, a cause that had nothing to do with Africa and touched what was deepest in them — a secret rancor — a confused dream of being able one day to emerge victorious from the difficulty of being a man. They were staking a claim to respectful and decent treatment.”
Romain Gary, The Roots of Heaven

“It might sound farcical, if not a cliché, to say that life is marvelously beautiful. But for those who have survived from a tragic event or terminal illness, waking up every morning is a miracle, as a magical sensation of new life dancing in the palms of their hands. (— Danny Castillones Sillada, The Sensation of Not Being Dead)”
Danny Castillones Sillada

“Sometimes, what is seemingly unbearable in life holds the key to the Truth, as a liberating agent for the human mind to transcend from the absurdity and cruelty of this world. (— Danny Castillones Sillada, The Sensation of Not Being Dead)”
Danny Castillones Sillada

“Arguably, to live and to be conscious of one’s existence is either a curse or a miracle. It is a curse because no one voluntarily chooses to be born in an awful world of perishable dreams and desires, and to suffer from the fear of death and the agony of dying. On the other hand, it is a miracle because to be alive is the rarest and most mysterious sensation in the world that neither science nor technological inventions could replicate. (— Danny Castillones Sillada, The Sensation of Not Being Dead)”
Danny Castillones Sillada

Ivy Oakes
“Everyone who breathes has problems; it’s how the world keeps spinning. Life always brings us problems, and if it doesn’t, we create some. Which makes them worse in my conception, since they are personal consequences. And the last time I checked, I was still breathing.”
Ivy Oakes, What if Stars Don't Die

Steve Leasock
“Are you confused about being human? The reason is because you are much more than what the mind wants you to think or believe, and you know this innately. Being does not mean that we will not become ill. It does not imply that this human form will not encounter difficulty and pain. Being does not suggest that we will receive a paradise that the mind thinks we lost and are so desperate to find. Being is simply that; it is.”
Steve Leasock, Love Will Show You the Way: Choosing the Path of Least Resistance

Madeleine Ryan
“It's strange to think that we're all here because someone wasn't killed at some point.”
Madeleine Ryan, A Room Called Earth

“Being alive is a kind of meaningless miracle. I mean there's no point to it, but it's absolutely wonderful.”
Marty Rubin

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