If I could hand you a book of quotes, to remind you of what life is all about, these would be it! As a mentor, I work with driven, ambitious women who desire…money, love, adventure, things of tomorrow. And, I understand.  I’m an ambitious gal too, and I absolutely LOVE desires.  They are the essence of life. Yet, I learned a long time ago that attaching our happiness to things outside of our current experience robs us of joy in the moment.


It’s luring to get caught up in the illusion that life will be better one day.

It’s easy to forget that your life is happening now, not yesterday or tomorrow.

It’s easy to wait until you have more money, confidence or love to take action in creating your life.

It’s tempting to wait to buy that beautiful dress until we’ve lost a few pounds.

It’s tempting to put off that great dinner party or making love because you don’t have the time.

Yet, with all that waiting, life is passing you by.  And, the only moment you have to create your life is the one that’s happening right now, right here.

So, I put together 31 quotes to inspire you to French Kiss Life
to remind to seize the day (or carpe diem!).


“There are only two ways to live your life.

One is as though nothing is a miracle.

The other is as though everything is a miracle.”
― Albert Einstein


“Here I am, where I ought to be.”

― Louise Erdrich


 “I can choose either to be a victim of the world

or an adventurer in search of treasure.

It’s all a question of how I view my life.”

― Paulo Coelho


“Life is short, Break the Rules.

Forgive quickly, Kiss SLOWLY.

Love truly. Laugh uncontrollably

And never regret ANYTHING

That makes you smile.”

― Mark Twain


“Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are.

Let me learn from you, love you.

Bless you before you depart.

Let me not pass you by in the quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow.”

― Mary Jean Iron


“I don’t live in either my past or my future.

I’m interested only in the present.

If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man.

Life will be a party for you, a grand festival,

because life is the moment we’re living now.”

― Paulo Coelho


“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


“Find ecstasy in life; the mere sense of living is joy enough.” 
― Emily Dickinson


“The simple things are also the most extraordinary things,

and only the wise can see them.”

― Paulo Coelho


“I don’t want to get to the end of my life

and find that I just lived the length of it.

I want to live to have lived the width of it as well.”

― Diane Ackerman


“If you can spend a perfectly useless afternoon

in a perfectly useless manner,

you have learned how to live.”

― Lin Yutang


“Laugh often, long and loud.

Laugh until you gasp for breath.

And if you have a friend who makes you laugh,

spend lots of time with them.”

― Unknown


“Rules for Lovers:

1.  Be Romantic

2.  Be Passionate

3.  Be Imaginative

4. Never be Rushed”

― Charles Olsen


Always be ready to have the time of your life.”

― Unknown


“The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow,

but the rainbow won’t wait while you finish the work.”

― Pat Clafford


“I have never been a millionaire.

But I have enjoyed a great meal,

a crackling fire, a glorious sunset,

a walk with a friend, a hug from a child,

a cup of soup, a kiss behind the ear.  

There are plenty of life’s tiny delights

for all of us.”

― Jack Anthony


“I have enjoyed life a lot more

by saying yes than saying no.”

― Richard Branson


“You will do foolish things,

but do them with enthusiasm.”

― Colette


“It is a great art to saunter.”

― Henry David Thoreau


“When your life is nearly over, you will regret it if

you look back and recall too many nights

when you made excuses instead of making love.”

― Barbara Cooper


“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


“Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the

‘Titanic’ who waved off the dessert cart.”

― Erma Bombeck


“Tomorrow will always hold curiosities

but it is the enchantment of today’s possibilities

which has me true to the present.”

― Truth Devour


“Live life fully while you’re here. Experience everything.

Take care of yourself and your friends.

Have fun, be crazy, be weird.

Go out and screw up!

You’re going to anyway, so you might as well enjoy the process.

Take the opportunity to learn from your mistakes:

find the cause of your problem and eliminate it.

Don’t try to be perfect; just be an excellent example of being human.”

― Anthony Robbins


“Life is simple. Everything happens for you, not to you.

Everything happens at exactly the right moment, neither too soon nor too late.

You don’t have to like it… it’s just easier if you do.”

― Byron Katie


“Experiencing our familiar rooms and belongings,

our local supermarket and neighborhood streets

as if we had never been there,

is also traveling.”

― Melanie Peter


“Life should not be a journey to the grave

with the intention of arriving safely in a

pretty and well preserved body,

but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke,

thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming

“Wow! What a Ride!”

― Hunter S. Thompson


“Forget not that the earth delights

to feel your bare feet, and the winds long

to play with your hair.:

― Khalil Gibran


“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well,

if one has not dined well.”

― Virginia Woolf


“Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” 
― Allen Saunders


“In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different.”

  ― Coco Chanel


“I haven’t a clue how my story will end,

but that’s all right.

When you set out on a journey

and night covers the road,

that’s when you discover the stars.”

― Nancy Willard


“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only.

Fashion is in the sky, in the street,

fashion has to do with ideas,

the way we live, what is happening.”

―Coco Chanel


So, when you feel tempted to put life on hold, to wait for the perfect moment, to say no to coffee with a dear friend, to deny yourself of a beautifully set table or making love during the full moon, come back and reread these quotes to remind yourself of why you’re here – to live life NOW!

Do you have a favorite quote you want to share?  I’d love to add some to my French Kiss Life Quote Bible.

Bisou, bisou,


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