"Remember all the people who died on Sept 11, 2001 of non-terrorism-related causes. They all ended up just as dead, and their friends were all just as sad. Put another way: mortality is universal and expresses itself in all places and at all times. Why should we care more about people dying merely because a bunch of them happened to do so in close temporal-spatial proximity on one random day ten years ago?"
"The system in which we work is full of expectations cast upon us from our first breath. Every degree of success is accompanied by an equal dose of bureaucracy. Any early success that you may have only breeds higher expectations and a burden to deliver. This burden is a weight that often obstructs vision and sound judgment."
"Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure — these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart."