59+ Best Carpe Diem Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Carpe diem, a phrase that comes from the Roman poet Horace, means literally “Pluck the day”, though it’s usually translated as “Seize the day”. Inspirational carpe diem quotes will challenge the way you think, change the way you live and transform your whole life.

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Famous Carpe Diem Quotes

Don’t wait for extraordinary opportunities, seize common occasions and make them great. Orison Swett Marden.

Carpe diem. (Seize the day.)  Horace

Life is a very great gift and a great good, not because of what it gives us, but because of what it enables us to give to others. Thomas Merton.

Now is the time to seize the day.

If you don’t go after what you want, you’ll never have it. If you don’t ask, the answer is always no. If you don’t step forward, you’re always in the same place. Nora Roberts.

Wake up and Live. Bob Marley

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Try to be happy in this present moment, and put not off being so to a time to come – as though that time should be of another make from this which has already come and is ours. Thomas Fuller.

Seize the moment. Erma Bombeck

You live longer once you realize that any time spent being unhappy is wasted. Ruth E. Renkl.

One can make a day of any size. John Muir

The fool, with all his other faults, has this also, he is always getting ready to live. Epicurus.

Forever is composed of nows. Emily

As you wait for better days, don’t forget to enjoy today, in case they’ve already started. Robert Brault.

Don’t count the days. Make the days count.

top carpe diem quotes

Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live. Nicolas De Chamfort.

Seize the day or die regretting the time you lost.                                                                                                       

If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

Make each day your masterpiece. John Wooden

Each moment of your life is a picture you have never seen before and will never see again. So live each moment to make it count & make each moment beautiful. Ash Sweeney.

On this Monday morning, seize the day and conquer it.

It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. George Harrison

Today is the day you’ve been waiting for. Marty Rubin

Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by dragging day, in all the thousand small uncaring ways. Stephen Vincent Benét.

Lost time is never found again. Benjamin Franklin

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. Henry Miller.

inspiring carpe diem quotes

Carpe Diem. Seize the day, Make your lives Extraordinary.                                                                                             

Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams… Make today worth remembering. Steve Maraboli.

Those who seize the day become seriously rich. Richard Koch

We might have hope, but there’ll be no assurance of tomorrow, so do whatever you want today. Kaceem Aveiro.

Seize the day, trusting as little as possible in the future. Horace

For a long time, it had seemed to me that life was about to begin, real life. But there was always some obstacle in the way. Something to be got through first, some unfinished business, time still to be served, a debt to be paid… At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life. Fr. Alfred D’Souza.

The future depends on what you do today. Mahatma Gandhi                                                                                                   

If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward. Martin Luther King, Jr..

Go for it now. The future is promised to no one. Wayne Dyer

Begin doing what you want to do now. We have only this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand, and melting like a snowflake.”- Marie Ray.

Seize the day, take hold of it, and make it whatever you want. Jessica

The best of today, as you will never have another chance to experience this day again.  Kaijuanda Sutton.

famous carpe diem quotes

Get rid of all the hesitation, it’s time for you to seize the day. Greyson Chance

All the gold in the world cannot buy a dying man one more breath – so what does that make today worth? Og Mandino.

Inspirational Carpe Diem Quotes

You will never find time for anything. If you want time you must make it.  Charles Buxton

There is only one day left, always starting over: It is given to us at dawn and taken away from us at dusk.  Jean-Paul Sartre.

I still find each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think, all the walks I want to take, all the books I want to read, and all the friends I want to see. John Burroughs.

There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind. C.S. Lewis

“Every day of our lives we are on the verge of making those slight changes that would make all the difference. Mignon McLaughlin.

I, not events, have the power to make me happy or unhappy today. I can choose which it shall be. Yesterday is dead, tomorrow hasn’t arrived yet. I have just one day, today, and I’m going to be happy in it.  Groucho Marx.

I can’t control my destiny, I trust my soul, my only goal is just to be. There’s only now, there’s only here. Give in to love or live in fear. Jonathan Larson.

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it, dream of it, live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea, and just leave every other idea alone. Swami Vivekananda.

I’ve been absolutely terrified every moment of my life – and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do. Georgia O’Keeffe.

When we approach love and creativity with the level of conviction that the powers-that-be in the world today are approaching hatred and destruction, then and only then will we have a chance. Marianne Williamson.

Stop waiting for the perfect day or the perfect moment. Take this day, this moment and lead it to perfection. Steve Maraboli.

If you listen really close, you can hear them whisper their legacy to you. Go on, lean in. Listen, you hear it? Carpe diem, seize the day boys, make your lives extraordinary. Robin Williams

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment. Fools stand on their island of opportunities and look toward another land. There is no other land; there is no other life but this.  Henry David Thoreau.

You have to do stuff that average people don’t understand because those are the only good things. Andy Warhol.

Life is not long, and too much of it must not pass in idle deliberation of how it shall be spent. Samuel Johnson.

There is one thing we can do, and the happiest of people are those who do it to the limit of their ability. We can be completely present. Mark Van Doren.

The important thing is not how many years in your life but how much life in your years. Edward J. Stieglitz.

Life is what you make it. Always has been, always will be. Eleanor Roosevelt .

The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. Eleanor Roosevelt.

The times you lived through, the people you shared those times with — nothing brings it all to life like an old mix tape. It does a better job of storing up memories than actual brain tissue can do. Every mix tape tells a story. Rob Sheffield.