When you are washing the dishes, washing the dishes must be the most important thing in your life. Just as when you are drinking tea, drinking tea must be the most important thing in your life. Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the whole world revolves—slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life.
When a great moment knocks on the door of your life, it is often no louder than the beating of your heart, and it is very easy to miss it.
I stood there wanting
to hoard time, a thief trying to steal
a song I couldn’t hear, a fool believing
there’s something sweet that won’t disappoint,
that pears in the hand could be anything
like pears dreamed in the mind, or a moment
stopped could be kept from rotting.
I am a dreamer. I know so little of real life that I just can’t help me reliving such moments as these in my dreams, for such moments are something I have very rarely experienced.
The gods envy us. They envy us because we’re mortal, because any moment may be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again.
David Benioff (screenwriter), “Troy” film (2004)
This is not from an actual quote from Homer’s “The Iliad”. It is from the screenplay of the film Troy (2004). This quote is commonly mis-attributed to Homer’s “The Iliad”.