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How to seize the day: motivational quotes, tips and advice

If we were to remove the top of our heads and examine our thoughts during the day, we'd find a random assortment of semi-formed musings along the lines of, 'I wonder whether I'll try spicy crab cakes for dinner tonight?' - 'Ooh, Benedict Cumberbatch looks good in that' - 'Maybe I'll re-train as a physiotherapist' and 'How much do flights to Thailand cost around about now?'

In fact, so much of our time is spent in an absent whirl of halfway coherent thinking and planning, that we rarely actually do anything (outside the usual cycle of work-pub-eat-bed).

So often we don't pause to savour the sweetness of life or take a moment to realise that if we don't go ahead and action our dreams, nothing will happen in real life to make them come true.

It's around this point that a little extra motivation is needed. Inspiration, say, in the form of our favourite quotes and advice on Carping the Diem. Forget moping around or procrastinating; this is all about embracing joyousness and living in the moment.

So come cast fear and uncertainty aside and get set to showcase your impulsive side with these wise words of wisdom on seizing the day. You only live once, after all...

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