Best Opportunity Quotes: Seize the Moment

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Seize the day and make the most of every opportunity. Be proactive and make a difference today. Here’s a collection of the best seizing the moment quotes. Feel free to use these quotes for a letter, a card or an email. If you have an inspirational quote you would like to share feel free to add it by leaving a comment.

“Each day comes bearing its own gifts.  Untie the ribbons.” -Ruth Ann Schabacker

“The follies which a man regrets most in his life are those which he didn’t commit when he had the opportunity.” -Helen Rowland

“You may delay, but time will not.” -Benjamin Franklin

“There is a time for risky love. There is a time for extravagant gestures. There is a time to pour out your affections on one you love. And when the time comes –seize it, don’t miss it.” -Max Lucado

“Every second is of infinite value.” -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Why not seize the pleasure at once, how often is happiness destroyed by preparation, foolish preparations.” -Jane Austen

“We are always getting ready to live but never living.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

“I held a moment in my hand, brilliant as a star, fragile as a flower, a tiny sliver of one hour.  I dripped it carelessly, Ah! I didn’t know, I held opportunity.”  -Hazel Lee

“Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Galatians 6:10 (NIV)

“We cannot waste time. We can only waste ourselves.” -George M. Adams

“Our time consumes like smoke, and posts away;

Nor can we treasure up a month or day:

The sand within the transitory glass

Doth haste, and so our silent minutes pass.”

–Rowland Watkyns

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

“All the windows of my heart I open to the day.” -John Greenleaf Whittier

“Life is always walking up to us and saying, “Come on in, the living’s fine,” and what do we do?  Back off and take its picture.” – Russell Baker

“So much of our time is preparation, so much is routine, and so much retrospect, that the path of each man’s genius contracts itself to a very few hours. “ – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Get action. Seize the moment. Man was never intended to become an oyster.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“Do it now! can affect every phase of your life. It can help you do the things you should do but don’t feel like doing. It can keep you from procrastinating when an unpleasant duty faces you. But it can also help you do those things that you want to do. It helps you seize those precious moments that, if lost, may never be retrieved.” – Napoleon Hill

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” – Thomas A. Edison

“Only learn to seize good fortune, for good fortune is always here.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Then indecision brings its own delays,

And days are lost lamenting o’er lost days.

Are you in earnest? Seize this very minute;

What you can do, or dream you can, begin it;

Boldness has genius, power and magic in it.”

–Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Waste your money and you’re only out of money, but waste your time and you’ve lost a part of your life.”  – Michael Leboeuf

“Life is short, God’s way of encouraging a bit of focus.” – Robert Brault

“You’ll seldom experience regret for anything that you’ve done. It is what you haven’t done that will torment you. The message, therefore, is clear. Do it! Develop an appreciation for the present moment. Seize every second of your life and savor it. Value your present moments. Using them up in any self-defeating ways means you’ve lost them forever.” – Wayne Dyer quotes

“Don’t be fooled by the calendar.  There are only as many days in the year as you make use of.”  – Charles Richards

“You only live once; but if you live it right, once is enough.” – Adam Marshall

“Life is not anything, but an opportunity for something.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Every man dies.  Not every man really lives.”  – Braveheart

“Whether it’s the best of times or the worst of times, it’s the only time we’ve got.” – Art Buchwald

“Men make history, and not the other way around. In periods where there is no leadership, society stands still. Progress occurs when courageous, skillful leaders seize the opportunity to change things for the better.” – Harry S Truman

Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.

Ephesians 5:15-17 (NIV)

“Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.”  – Demosthenes

“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” – Sir Francis Bacon

“As you grow older, you’ll find the only things you regret are the things you didn’t do.”  -Zachary Scott

“Seize the moment of excited curiosity on any subject to solve your doubts; for if you let it pass, the desire may never return, and you may remain in ignorance.” – William Wirt

“Dream as if you’ll live forever.  Live as if you’ll die today.” -James Dean

“Lost time is never found again.” – Benjamin Franklin

“What is opportunity, and when does it knock? It never knocks. You can wait a whole lifetime, listening, hoping, and you will hear no knocking. None at all. You are opportunity, and you must knock on the door leading to your destiny. You prepare yourself to recognize opportunity, to pursue and seize opportunity as you develop the strength of your personality, and build a self-image with which you are able to live / with your self-respect alive and growing.” – Maxwell Maltz

“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” – Seneca

“And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count.  It’s the life in your years.” -Abraham Lincoln

“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

“Carpe per diem-seize the check.” – Robin Williams

“Waste not the smallest thing created, for grains of sand make mountains, and atomies infinity.  Waste not the smallest time in imbecile infirmity, for well thou knowest that seconds form eternity.” – E. Knight

“Catch, then, oh catch the transient hour;

Improve each moment as it flies!

Life’s a short summer, man a flower;

He dies – alas! how soon he dies!”

–Samuel Johnson

“The fear of death follows from the fear of life.  A man who lives fully is prepared to die at any time.” – Mark Twain

“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

“If we would only give, just once, the same amount of reflection to what we want to get out of life that we give to the question of what to do with a two weeks’ vacation, we would be startled at our false standards and the aimless procession of our busy days.”

–Dorothy Canfield Fisher

“The value of moments, when cast up, is immense, if well employed; if thrown away, their loss is irrevocable.”  – Lord Chesterfield

“A man that is young in years may be old in hours, if he has lost no time.” – Francis Bacon

“The world can therefore seize the opportunity to fulfill the long-held promise of a New World Order where diverse nations are drawn together in common cause to achieve the universal aspirations of mankind” – George Bush quotes

“To change one’s life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions.” – William James

“Carpe Diem! Seize the day. Make your lives extraordinary.” -Dead Poet’s Society

“Know the true value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it” -Lord Chesterfield

“I don’t want to get to the end of my life and find that I lived just the length of it.  I want to have lived the width of it as well.” – Diane Ackerman

“Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time.” -Johann von Goethe

“Why must conversions always come so late?  Why do people always apologize to corpses?” – David Brin

“Fear not that life shall come to an end, but rather fear that it shall never have a beginning.” – John Henry Cardinal Newman

“This American system of ours, call it Americanism, call it capitalism, call it what you will, gives each and every one of us a great opportunity if we only seize it with both hands and make the most of it” – Al Capone

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

“There’s never enough time to do all the nothing you want.” – Bill Watterson

“What would be the use of immortality to a person who cannot use well a half an hour.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Cowards die many times before their deaths;

The valiant never taste of death but once.”

–William Shakespeare

“May you live all the days of your life.” – Jonathan Swift

“Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness.” -Jean de La Bruyère



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