We have often heard the short phrase Carpe diem! But, what is it really and what does it mean? Well, carpe diem is a Latin aphorism that was used by the Roman poet, Horace, in his book, Odes, to mean “seize the day”. Carpe can be translated to mean “seize”, “make use of” or “enjoy” and Diem is day and therefore, the best translation would be “seize the day” or “seize the moment”.
More often than not, we spend so much time worrying about our troubles, the challenges we are facing in life and wondering what tomorrow is going to be like or working hard today hoping that tomorrow may be better. We do this so much that we forget to live today. We forget to enjoy today.
It’s ok to reminisce about the past or dream about the future at times but it’s not good to dwell on it for too long because life might just pass you by. Life is too short to waste it dwelling on what was,wishing on what could have been or wondering what will be. As life presents itself to you, deal with it accordingly at that very moment. Don’t try to figure out why certain things are happening, just be happy and positive, you will be surprised to see how your troubles will not last.
Each moment that you spend crying, sad or depressed, you will never get it back. You will miss great laughs, precious moments and huge opportunities. The same applies to thinking about the future. One thing we must all understand is that, life changes every day and it might not even turn out the way we want or plan. The best thing that you can do is to just live now. Forget the past, stop trying to figure out life and just enjoy now. Now only comes once and you must make use of it NOW. We have listed 20+ carpe diem quotes to inspire you to seize the day!
1. Make it perfect
Don’t wait for the perfect moment. Take the moment and make it perfect.
2. One life
One life. One shot. Make it count.
3. Seize the day
Seize the day. Because, believe it or not, each and every one of us in this room is one day going to stop breathing, turn cold and die.
4. Yesterday is gone
Seize the day. You can’t put God’s kingdom off until tomorrow. Every day, there are opportunities all around you for a fresh start.
Dream as if you will live forever. Live as if you will die today. James Dean.
6. Opportunities all around
Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin. Mother Teresa
7. Plan to carpe diem
I plan to carpe diem, but first I need to carpe coffee.
8. Let it go
Don’t ruin a good day by thinking about a bad yesterday. Let it go.
9. Seize the day
Seize the day. Make your lives extraordinary.
10. Make days count
Sometimes we are all too quick to count the days that we forget to make the days count.
11. Do it now
One day you will wake up and there won’t be any more time to do the things that you have always wanted. Do it now. Paulo Coelho
Rejoice while you are alive; enjoy the day; live life to the fullest; make the most of what you have. It’s later than you think. Horace.
13. Believe in yourself
A bird sitting on a tree is never afraid of the branch breaking, because her trust is not on the branch but on its own wings. Always believe in yourself.
14. Seize the day
Seize the day…every day.
15. Celebrate victories
We have all eternity to celebrate the victories but only a few short hours before sunset to win them. Amy Carmichael
16. Seize the day
I am a person who always believes in carpe diem. Seize the day…you know, really, it is an opportunity, which by the way, knocks on the door each and every day, but it’s only if we can recognize it and walk through it that we can make a difference in our lives and move in a direction that we want to move into. Fran Drescher
17. Your journey
Your journey has molded you for the greater good. It was exactly what it needed to be. You’ve lost time. It took each and every situation that you have encountered to bring you to the now. And now is right on time. Asha Tyson.
18. The best days
The best days are when you don’t need anything extreme or special to happen to make it great. You just appreciate and enjoy what is and that’s perfect enough.
19. Take a breath
Take a breath, close your eyes, enjoy this moment as if it were your last.
20. The little things in life
Enjoy the little things in life, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.
21. The secret
The secret of being happy is accepting where you are in life and making the most out of every day.