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You only live once; but if you live it right, once is enough by Mae West

“You only live once; but if you live it right, once is enough.”

A Mae West quote

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Encouraging Thoughts

As a society, we are often reminded that life is short and that we should make the most of it. This is exactly what Mae West meant when she said “You only live once; but if you live it right, once is enough.” To live every day to the fullest is to make the most of your life, to take chances, to explore and to experience as much as possible.

But what does it mean to “live it right”? Maybe we should slightly change this section to “live it right for you”. What makes you happy? What kind of life do you want to live? It is YOUR life, so make sure you achieve what YOU want to achieve. The idea is that, at the end of your life, you can look back and say that you really did live it, that you lived it to the fullest, and that you have no regrets. And remember, it’s never too late to start living the life you deserve!

How can I use this quote in my life?

To use this quote in your life, you should take a moment to visualize yourself as a much older person, nearing the end of your life. Imagine yourself smiling, content, and happy with what you have done with your time. Say to yourself, “I lived my life right. And I lived it right because…” and then list three things that come to mind. Write these down and think each of them over. How can you start directing your life towards being at peace with yourself that each of those goals were met?

About the Author

Mae West was an American actress, singer, playwright, and screenwriter. She was born on August 17, 1893 in Brooklyn, New York. West rose to fame during the 1920s and 1930s as a stage performer, and later as a film actress, appearing in over 25 films throughout her career. She was known for her risqué humor and clever wit, which earned her a reputation as a vaudeville performer and Hollywood star. West was also known for her legendary one-liners, many of which have become timeless classics, such as “Too much of a good thing can be wonderful.” and “When I’m good, I’m very good. But when I’m bad I’m better.”