Every Man Dies But Not Every Man Lives Essay Definition

We so often fill our days with unnecessary stress and strife by focusing on the negative instead of the positive, taking part in mean-spirited and hurtful gossip, making mountains out of mole hills, or bickering over issues that in the larger scheme of things are inconsequential. 

Here are a few quotes to help you bring things into better perspective because truly ... the time that we spend on such pettiness is too precious to waste.

♦ Don't be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. ~Charles Richards

Enjoy yourself. It's later than you think. ~Chinese Proverb

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

Every man dies. Not every man really lives. ~Braveheart

Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today. ~James Dean

The bitterest tears shed over graves are for words left unsaid and for deeds left undone. ~Harriet Beecher Stowe, Little Foxes, 1865

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

♦ ... taking the long way home through the market I slow my pace down. It doesn't come naturally. My legs are programmed to trot briskly and my arms to pump up and down like pistons, but I force myself to stroll past the stalls and pavement cafes. To enjoy just being somewhere, rather than rushing from somewhere, to somewhere. Inhaling deep lungfuls of air, instead of my usual shallow breaths. I take a moment to just stop and look around me. And smile to myself. For the first time in a long time, I can, quite literally, smell the coffee. ~Alexandra Potter, The Two Lives of Miss Charlotte Merryweather

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

♦As you grow older, you'll find the only things you regret are the things you didn't do. ~Zachary Scott

♦ And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years. ~Abraham Lincoln

♦ I'm less interested in why we're here. I'm wholly devoted to while we're here. ~Erika Harris

♦ To change one's life: Start immediately. Do it flamboyantly. No exceptions. ~William James

♦ A man that is young in years may be old in hours, if he has lost no time. ~Francis Bacon, Essays

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

♦ Men for the sake of getting a living forget to live. ~Margaret Fuller

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

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

You may delay, but time will not. ~Benjamin Franklin

I wish I could stand on a busy corner, hat in hand, and beg people to throw me all their wasted hours. ~Bernard Berenson

Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out. ~Oliver Wendell Holmes

I held a moment in my hand, brilliant as a star, fragile as a flower, a tiny sliver of one hour. I dropped it carelessly, Ah! I didn't know, I held opportunity. ~Hazel Lee

If you wait, all that happens is that you get older. ~Larry McMurtry, Some Can Whistle

Minutes are worth more than money. Spend them wisely. ~Thomas P. Murphy

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

The more side roads you stop to explore, the less likely that life will pass you by. ~Robert Brault

Every day of our lives we are on the verge of making those slight changes that would make all the difference. ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Whether it's the best of times or the worst of times, it's the only time we've got. ~Art Buchwald

If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have another chance. ~Andrea Boydston

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

♦ 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

♦ If you were going to die soon and had only one phone call you could make, who would you call and what would you say? And why are you waiting? ~Stephen Levine

♦ Why be saddled with this thing called life expectancy? Of what relevance to an individual is such a statistic? Am I to concern myself with an allotment of days I never had and was never promised? Must I check off each day of my life as if I am subtracting from this imaginary hoard? No, on the contrary, I will add each day of my life to my treasure of days lived. And with each day, my treasure will grow, not diminish. ~Robert Brault

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

Who knows whether the gods will add tomorrow to the present hour? ~Horace

I think I don't regret a single 'excess' of my responsive youth—I only regret, in my chilled age, certain occasions and possibilities I didn't embrace. ~Henry James

Every day is an opportunity to make a new happy ending. ~Author Unknown

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

Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans. ~Allen Saunders, 1957

Lost time is never found again. ~Benjamin Franklin

I wasted time, and now doth time waste me. ~William Shakespeare

Only that day dawns to which we are awake. ~Henry David Thoreau

Every second is of infinite value. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We are always getting ready to live but never living. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

♦ Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable. ~Sydney J. Harris

♦ You only live once; but if you live it right, once is enough. ~Adam Marshall

When one has a great deal to put into it a day has a hundred pockets. ~Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human

♦ Each day comes bearing its own gifts. Untie the ribbons. ~Ruth Ann Schabacker

♦ The moment when you first wake up in the morning is the most wonderful of the twenty-four hours. No matter how weary or dreary you may feel, you possess the certainty that, during the day that lies before you, absolutely anything may happen. And the fact that it practically always doesn't, matters not a jot. The possibility is always there. ~Monica Baldwin

♦ Don't ever save anything for a special occasion. Being alive is the special occasion. ~Author Unknown

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Sherrie Bourg Carter is the author of High Octane Women: How Superachievers Can Avoid Burnout (Prometheus Books, 2011).

Reputed to have been born in Elderslie in the 1270s, William Wallace was a freedom fighter for Scotland and Ireland against England, near the end of the 13th century.

My interest in Scottish history had something of a major resurgence following the 1995 movie “Braveheart”, which, although enjoyable, was not historically exact. But, as you would expect in a Hollywood production, fact and fiction were somewhat distorted for the sake of drama, and in one instance, impossible.

William Wallace: The Facts

The implication that Wallace was the father of Edward III, born to Isabella of France, following an affair, was far off the mark, considering that Isabella was only 10 years old when Wallace died, and Edward III wasn’t born until 7 years after Wallace’s death.

Getting back to the facts, Wallace was brought up by his uncle in Dunipace, after his father died when he was a boy. He was to continue his father’s fight and he raised an army against King Edward I of England. King Edward had dismissed any talk of Scottish Independence, and viewed Wallace as an outlaw. Rebellion followed, and many men joined forces with Wallace as he began to drive the English out of Perthshire and Fife.

In May 1297, He attacked the town of Lanark, killing the English sheriff, to avenge the death of Marion Braidfute of Lamington, (the woman who became his wife in the film).


Much blood was spilled up to, and after the famous Battle of Stirling Bridge in 1297.

It took place on the 10th September, and Wallace and his men, heavily outnumbered, had occupied the high ground of Ochil Hills, forcing Edward’s army to fight uphill.

One last plea from the King’s spokesman, asking Wallace to surrender was met with defiance, with Wallace replying :

“Tell your king that William Wallace will NOT be ruled. Lower your flags and march straight back to England, stopping at every home to beg forgiveness for a hundred years of theft, rape, and murder.”

William Wallace was victorious, and in December of 1297, he was elected Guardian of the Kingdom and uncrowned ruler of Scotland. He assembled his army on Roslin Moor, marched south into Northumberland, and meticulously ravaged the counties of Durham, Northumbria, and Cumbria, taking anything of value back over the border.

A further raid took place in ‘the Barns of Ayr’ with Wallace setting fire to the camp, and burning 500 English soldiers in a revenge attack for the murder of his uncle.

The English King brought a large army to Falkirk in May the following year, 1298, and goaded Wallace into fighting a second battle. This time Wallace was defeated and in September resigned as Guardian of Scotland in favour of Robert the Bruce.

He fled to France in 1299.

He returned from France in 1303, and evaded capture by the English until 5 August 1305. His capture was the result of an act of betrayal by John de Menteith, a Scottish knight loyal to Edward, who turned him over to English soldiers at Robroyston.

Wallace was first taken to Dumbarton Castle, and then to London under heavy guard, and tried for treason. He was then ceremoniously paraded through the streets of the city, like some sort of trophy. He was sentenced to be hung, drawn and quartered.

His head was put on a pike at the top of London Bridge, and his limbs were displayed separately, in Newcastle, Berwick, Stirling, and Aberdeen. King Edward hoped that this public display would deter all insurgents, but one Robert the Bruce had other ideas.

The Bruce family had no connection with the capture of Wallace, and Robert The Bruce, who had previously been fuelled by his own ambition, was now ready to play his part in the struggle to maintain Scotland’s independence from English rule.

The Bruce’s finest hour was to come in 1314 at the Battle of Bannockburn, when he was victorious over Edward’s army, despite being heavily outnumbered, three to one.


The Wallace Monument, located just outside Stirling, was completed in 1869 on the Abbey Craig, where Wallace had watched the English army gather at Stirling Bridge.

The monument has a visitor pavilion with a coffee shop and gift shops, plus there’s free car parking available. You can also enjoy an audio tour which lets you re-live Wallace’s life and trial, and the Wallace sword is on display here.

“It’s all for nothing if you don’t have freedom”
William Wallace

FOOTNOTE: For many years after the exploits of Wallace and Robert The Bruce, the nation fought on, refusing to accept English rule right up until the year 1707, when the Acts of Union brought the countries together, creating the Kingdom of Great Britain.


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