The app We Croak sends you a reminder five times a day that you’re going to die. It’s based on the Bhutanese wisdom that contemplating our mortality that many times each day makes us happier individuals. I can say that it works. It also has a very impressive library of quotes. I’m going to keep some of my favourites here since the app – rather wonderfully – never lets you revisit them or save them to your phone. Like us, they are very transitory and impermanent.
I wrote about the app and its connection to my teaching in a blog post.
My favourite quotes
Hoping to live days of greater happiness, I forget that days of lesser happiness are passing by. ELIZABETH BISHOP
People pay for what they do, and still more for what they have allowed themselves to become. And they pay for it very simply: by the lives they lead. JAMES BALDWIN
There is no first, or last in Forever – / It is Centre, there. all the time – EMILY DICKINSON
The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately. SENECA
No summer ever came back, and no two summers were ever alike. Times change, and people change; and if our hearts do not change as readily, so much the worse for us. NATHANIEL HAWTHORNE
The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next. URSULA K. LE GUIN
We’re all going to die, all of us; what a circus! That alone should make us love each other, but it doesn’t. CHARLES BUKOWSKI
Dying is strange and hard if it is not our death, but a death that takes us by storm, when we’ve ripened none within us. RAINER MARIA RILKE
Hey look! I get to create whatever persona I want to, and it’s all up to me. And the truth is. we are all basically the universe – pretending to be humans for a brief moment of time. RUPAUL
In each thing there is an insinuation of death. Stillness, silence, serenity are all apprenticeships. FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA
Wildness… it is perennially within us, dormant as a hard-shelled seed, awaiting the fire or flood that awakes it again. GARY SNYDER
Not success. Not growth. Not happiness. The cradle of your love of life… is death. STEPHEN JENKINSON