Carpe diem!

April 5, 2011 4:02am CST
Have you heard of the expression "carpe diem"? It's a French word for "seize the day". It has a connection with the idea that life is nasty, brutish, short, and solitary and therefore you must seize every day. In short, live life to the fullest! What do you think of Carpe diem, do you agree with the idea of live for the day? Just want to know :D
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@didi13 (2927)
• Romania
28 Apr 11
Everyone knows that there is no recipe for happiness. The first step towards happiness is, no matter how obvious it may seem, to you stop being unhappy. To succeed in life means, to reach your goals keeping good relations with the world around you, to have an image of himself as good, but without sacrificing your personality and needs for this. Today, people no longer considered a successful ideal social life is built on the unhappiness. The material aspects of life and of relationships follows a certain logic, of a life fulfilled emotionally with her ??issues, unconscious and biological, which are harder to control. The best weapon against the misery that is the most enjoyable, is the idea of ??profit and more beautiful moments that life gives. To enjoy the pleasant time, to amplify it, to prolong it is an effective vaccine against unhappiness. Course, is easier said than done. In general, we perceive the good feeling that when we get it, for one reason or another, it changes. Losing something, someone ... suffer, and I think that what we know to appreciate. And just like that, we return to the respected advice of philosophy, the venerable "CARPE DIEM". Take advantage of this moment! Happiness is feeling "here and now. "
• Singapore, Singapore
9 Mar 16
I love what you said about this phrase "carpe diem", especially you just reminded me of holidays and be present each " here and now". It helps my memory some when I can take a photo at those times.
@owlwings (39070)
• Cambridge, England
5 Apr 11
"Carpe diem" is actually Latin and the term was first penned by the poet Horace in his Odes. The full quote is "[i]Dum loquimur, fugerit invida Aetas: carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.[/i]" meaning: "While we are talking, envious time is fleeing: pluck the day, put no trust in the future." "Carpe" actually means 'pluck' (as in gathering ripe fruit), which, to me, makes a lot more sense than 'seize'. So 'carpe diem' is better read as 'pluck or gather the day [when it is ripe]'. The phrase came into popular English usage through Lord Byron's Letters, published in 1830, where he wrote: "I never anticipate, - carpe diem - the past at least is one's own, which is one reason for making sure of the present." I very much agree with the sentiment that one should make the most of the present and Shakespeare, apparently, also did when he wrote that most beautiful love-song: [i]O MISTRESS mine, where are you roaming? O, stay and hear! your true love's coming, That can sing both high and low: Trip no further, pretty sweeting; Journeys end in lovers meeting, Every wise man's son doth know. What is love? 'tis not hereafter; Present mirth hath present laughter; What 's to come is still unsure: In delay there lies no plenty; Then come kiss me, sweet-and-twenty! Youth 's a stuff will not endure.[/i] (Shakespeare: Twelfth Night)
@marguicha (91807)
• Chile
4 Sep 11
THere┬┤s nothing more to say after you answered so well, friend. And the beauty of living the present to the fullest has nothing ugly in the way the great poets saif it. Pierre de Ronsard, the great French poest, put it in his own words saying "cueillez des aujourd┬┤hui les roses de la vie" (gather now the roses of life).
@olliekobra1 (1826)
5 Jul 12
Carpe diem isnt French its actually a latin phrase which is transalated as 'seize the day'.
@magtibaygom (4865)
• Philippines
5 Apr 11
If you just sit there and watch the world go round, nothing will happen to you. You will miss a lot. So, instead of just wait for the golden opportunity to come (which is not coming), instead of just sitting there watching others make things happen, better seize the day. That's carpe diem to me.