The longest, squishiest chapter in the book offers hundreds of thoughts on living from moment to moment and from cradle to grave, with clusters of quotes on failure and trying, acceptance, experience, carpe diem, happiness, work, aging, death, and more. Some of the quotes:

When I look back on my past and think how much time I wasted on nothing, how much time has been lost in futilities, errors, laziness, incapacity to live; how little I appreciated it, how many times I sinned against my heart and soul—then my heart bleeds. Life is a gift, life is happiness, every minute can be an eternity of happiness!
—Fyodor Dostoevsky, who wrote this hours after nearly being executed by a firing squad

The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.
—Henry David Thoreau

Life is made up of a series of judgments on insufficient data, and if we waited to run down all our doubts, it would flow past us.
—Learned Hand

Every day of our lives we are on the verge of making those changes that would make all the difference.
—Mignon McLaughlin

Everything in life is just for a while.
―Philip K. Dick

We are what we pretend to be, so we must be careful what we pretend to be.
—Kurt Vonnegut

All is pattern, all life, but we can’t always see the pattern when we’re part of it.
—Belva Plain

Many people today believe that cynicism requires courage. Actually, cynicism is the height of cowardice. It is innocence and open-heartedness that requires the true courage—however often we are hurt as a result of it.
—Erica Jong

The great art of life is sensation; to feel that we exist, even in pain.
—Lord Byron

wanderer, there is no path,
the path is made by walking.
—Antonio Machado

If you don’t become the ocean you’ll be seasick every day.
—Leonard Cohen

I should be suspicious of what I want.

It is never too late to be what you might have been.
—George Eliot

The best way out is always through.
—Robert Frost

Study nothing except in the knowledge that you already knew it. Worship nothing except in adoration of your true self. And fear nothing except in the certainty that you are your enemy’s begetter and its only hope of healing.
—Clive Barker

It is human nature to think wisely and to act in an absurd fashion.
—Anatole France

All our final decisions are made in a state of mind that is not going to last.  
―Marcel Proust

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

You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.

Maybe all one can do is hope to end up with the right regrets.
—Arthur Miller

My great religion is a belief in the blood, the flesh, as being wiser than the intellect. We can go wrong in our minds. But what our blood feels and believes and says, is always true. The intellect is only a bit and a bridle. What do I care about knowledge? All I want is to answer to my blood, direct, without fribbling intervention of mind, or moral, or what-not.
—D.H. Lawrence

About morals, I know only that what is moral is what you feel good after and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
—Ernest Hemingway

Between two evils, I generally like to pick the one I never tried before.
—Mae West

Each small task of everyday life is part of the total harmony of the universe.
—Saint Thérèse de Lisieux

You never know what worse luck your bad luck has saved you from.
—Cormac McCarthy

Don't fear failure. Not failure, but low aim, is the crime. In great attempts it is glorious even to fail.
—Bruce Lee

I love my rejection slips. They show me I try.
―Sylvia Plath

I hope for nothing. I fear nothing. I am free.
—Nikos Kazantzakis

Good judgment comes from experience. Experience comes from bad judgment.
—Jim Horning

You live out the confusions until they become clear.
—Anaïs Nin

Nothing in life is to be feared. It is only to be understood.
—Marie Curie

Let life happen to you. Believe me: life is in the right, always.
—Rainer Maria Rilke

I’m no longer quite sure what the question is, but I do know that the answer is “Yes.”
—Leonard Bernstein

I don’t like work—no man does—but I like what is in the work—the chance to find yourself.
—Joseph Conrad

Build your own dreams, or someone else will hire you to build theirs.
—Farrah Gray

Another belief of mine: that everyone else my age is an adult, whereas I am merely in disguise.
―Margaret Atwood

Don’t be afraid of death so much as an inadequate life.
—Bertolt Brecht

It is sad to grow old but nice to ripen.
—Bridgette Bardot

We are born in simplicity but die of complications.
—Pete Seeger

Death is not the opposite of life, but a part of it.
—Haruki Murakami

You can do anything in this world if you are prepared to take the consequences.
—W. Somerset Maugham

A multitude of small delights constitutes happiness.
―Charles Baudelaire

If only we’d stop trying to be happy we’d have a pretty good time.
—Edith Wharton

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.
—Mohandas Gandhi

There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened before.
—Willa Cather

Waste no more time arguing about what a good person should be. Be one.  
—Marcus Aurelius

Evil is boring. Cynicism is pointless. Fear is a bad habit. Despair is lazy. Hopelessness is self-indulgent. On the other hand: Joy is fascinating. Love is an act of heroic genius. Pleasure is our birthright. Chronic ecstasy is a learnable skill.
—Rob Brezsny

What a wonderful life I’ve had! I only wish I’d realized it sooner.