— Diane Arbus American photographer and author 1923 - 1971
„If you have ever seen the play Peter Pan you will remember how the pirate chief was always making his dying speech because he was afraid that possibly when the time came for him to die he might not have time to get it off his chest. It is much the same with me, and so, although I am not at this moment dying, I shall be doing so one of these days and I want to send you a parting word of goodbye.
Remember, it is the last you will ever hear from me, so think it over.
I have had a most happy life and I want each one of you to have as happy a life too.
I believe that God put us in this jolly world to be happy and enjoy life. Happiness doesn't come from being rich, nor merely from being successful in your career, nor by self-indulgence. One step towards happiness is to make yourself healthy and strong while you are a boy, so that you can be useful and so can enjoy life when you are a man.
Nature study will show you how full of beautiful and wonderful things God has made the world for you to enjoy. Be contented with what you have got and make the best of it. Look on the bright side of things instead of the gloomy one.
But the real way to get happiness is by giving out happiness to other people. Try and leave this world a little better than you found it and when your turn come to die, you can die happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your time but have done your best. "Be Prepared" in this way, to live happy and to die happy - stick to your Scout promise always - even after you have ceased to be a boy - and God help you do it.“
— Robert Baden-Powell lieutenant-general in the British Army, writer, founder and Chief Scout of the Scout Movement 1857 - 1941
„The best part about being alone is that you really don't have to answer to anybody. You do what you want.“
— Justin Timberlake American singer and actor 1981
„There is only one dream worth having... to live while you are alive, and die only when you are dead.“
— Arundhati Roy, The Cost of Living
From a speech entitled [http://ada.evergreen.edu/~arunc/texts/politics/comeSeptember.pdf Come September].
„Life is hard by the yard, son. But you don't have to do it by the yard. By the inch it's a cinch. And money can't buy everything. For example: poverty.“
— Nelson Algren, A Walk on the Wild Side
Context: But blow wise to this, buddy, blow wise to this: Never play cards with a man called Doc. Never eat at a place called Mom's. Never sleep with a woman whose troubles are worse than your own. Never let nobody talk you into shaking another man's jolt. And never you cop another man's plea. I've tried 'em all and I know. They don't work. / Life is hard by the yard, son. But you don't have to do it by the yard. By the inch it's a cinch. And money can't buy everything. For example: poverty. In jail, Cross-Country Kline to Dove Linkhorn.
— Denzel Washington actor, screenwriter, director, producer 1954
— Dale Carnegie American writer and lecturer 1888 - 1955
„Just because you are happy it does not mean that the day is perfect but that you have looked beyond its imperfections“
— Bob Marley Jamaican singer, songwriter, musician 1945 - 1981
— Julia Quinn American novelist 1970
— Kurt Cobain American musician and artist 1967 - 1994
„You can close your eyes to the things you don't want to see, but you can't close your heart to the things you don't want to feel.“
— Johnny Depp American actor, film producer, and musician 1963