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As a bestselling author of the award-winning inspirational book, “The Legacy Letters,” Carew Papritz thrives on the incurable combination of an undying curiosity and an adventurer’s heart. He truly lives his book’s central message to “live life to the fullest.”

Carew Papritz Quotes

Just because you're breathing, doesn't mean you're alive.

I travel to be replenished with beauty, for travel makes the beauty of this world seem like a Christmas that never ends. I travel for the jolting, angelic act of seeking strangeness and newness and profoundness . . .

Make doing your best a habit, and you’ll never know not doing your best. If you build roads, then build them Roman - make them last two thousand years. Dig ditches as if you were taking them to the state fair to win another blue ribbon for best ditches . . .

Enjoy what you are learning and doing. This is one of the hardest concepts in the entire world to understand. Harder yet to put into practice.

Money can buy you knowledge, but not the wisdom to use it wisely.

Sometimes we make being happy so difficult. And being thankful such a chore.

There are hard days to live. You awake to a day when you feel you've done it all before, and you're going to do it again, so why do it at all.

Becoming a man means doing the right thing even though it may be hard or difficult. Boys do what is easiest. A man does what is right, whether easy or not.

It is you who must someday break through the protective polish of who you are, to become naked and powerful to who you can truly be.

The things you don't know or understand are as important as your desire to know them. This is the relationship of man to mystery.

Reading teaches us the nuances of humanity. To find the beauty of what is moral and ethical in your own actions and discover the strange subtlety of what it is to question why you should exist.

Only you can know the difference between your wants and your needs, and your sacrifice of your life's time to both.

All you have to do to quickly become OLD is to slowly GIVE UP being ALIVE.

A good man lives for the joy in life and the happiness of being alive, not shackled to the wants of the future or the regrets of the past.

Let my memories of you be like water on the moon. A beautiful impossibility - but allowing me to sleep and dream of infinite beginnings rather than Othello endings.

Start with a brand new good-morning. To your husband or your wife. To your kids. To those you work with - and don't work with. What's the harm? How difficult is it? And it isn't, and you know it. So do it.

Old is old at any age. Old is when you quit asking questions about this, that, and everything. Old is when you forget how to love-or worse, don't care. Old is when you don't want to dance anymore. Old is when you don't want to learn anything new except how to be old. Old is when people tell you that you are old-and you believe them.

It is everything that makes a man. It is everything that makes this man. And that is who I am alive, and that is who I am dead.

You know there's got to be a better way of life - somewhere, sometime, somehow - but you're not exactly sure what better is.

It’s a fool who thinks having a kid is a right, which is the biggest crock of fish heads I’ve ever heard.

Why travel? To be changed, and to be changed again and again.

Sometimes I travel just to be overwhelmed – for it’s good every now and then to be overwhelmed.

I travel for the jolting, angelic act of seeking strangeness and newness and profoundness.

I travel because I become uncomfortable being too comfortable.

I travel because life is short, and I will not wait for fear of death or sanctuary to become a prison of my own making.

Take off my clothes and there becomes a man. Take off my skin and there becomes my bones. Break all my bones and there becomes my heart. Smash my heart and there becomes my soul. And that you cannot take.

Time. Either you are for it or against it. So be here now. Not later.

Spring is a time to make up a big bouquet of flowers for someone you love, or are trying to love, or are in love with.

I gather the last remnants of the evening’s breeze, so cool and lazy within my arms, feeling it curl up like a small and innocent kitten.

I travel because it makes me realize how much I haven't seen, how much I'm not going to see, and how much I still need to see.

POLITENESS must carry the true weight of SINCERITY and INTEGRITY for it to be a true act of POLITENESS.

You become a man when you marry not just for love but to be a partner with your wife. To be the best man you can be with her, and when you fall short, to admit your shortcomings and to constantly strive to be a great man to your wife.

As I see it, you GET married - but you MAKE a marriage.

The Number One Rule of Working Is: DO THE BEST WORK YOU CAN. Why do anything but your best? What's the point?

It’s a heck of a responsibility to look after a spirit. So give kids the best of who you are. That’s the most you can ever do.

Be generous with your life - love deeply, honestly, and without reservation.

So How Much of a THING or THINGS is Enough? And if you have EVERYTHING, have you achieved perfect HAPPINESS?

Thanksgiving - fall's finale. Best damn holiday of the year in my worldly estimation.

I can FEEL her next to me. This UNION. Of WARMTH. Of CARING. Of the INDESCRIBABLE. As if there were NO PARTING and NEVER could be.

So, if the truest currency of life is time, then how do you get more time? Because if more is merrier, than having more time should make us more happier. Right? Therefore, all we have to ask ourselves is can we buy more time? . . .

KIDS. They know a BRIBE when they see one. They want a PARENT, not a PAY-OFF. They don’t care if you’re Jack-King-Rodeo or Mister-You-Own-New-York. All they understand is time spent WITH YOU or WITHOUT YOU. It’s that SIMPLE.

Your time is your time. Be awake to it. It's hard work to be wisely alive.

Sometimes I feel as if I'm only a doorman awaiting the arrival of her royal majesty.

Read what you like, not what you're told to like. That way you'll read for a lifetime.

Why read? Because books are precious guides to our humanity - civilization’s backbone - that tenuous ridgeline that allows us to climb above the jungle and see what the horizon has to offer. Thus they represent the yearning to go beyond, to explore. Yet they are also human-sized . . .

There’s so much to learn. So much to enjoy. So terribly much to be curious about. Take your life and run with it. Make a habit of being alive. This much of anything, I have learned. And am still learning.

Get someone-anyone-to read books to you. Having books read to you at any age is the supremo ultimato of living.

You are only here now, and then you are gone. So be hungry. Hunger toward beauty. Hunger toward love. Hunger towards the unimaginable and unthinkable.

You haven't seen a thing until you've seen this man fight. My sword is sharp. My heart strong. My spirit ferocious - and I am going to live. Let the swords clash. Let the fight begin.

I can feel her next to me. This union. Of warmth. Of caring. Of the indescribable. As if there were no parting and never could be.

Marriage is love put to it's ultimate test - the grindstone of life. Where the idealism of love meets the everydayness of marriage.

Marriage is not the beginning of the journey, nor the end - it is the journey.

Older doesn't always mean wiser. It just means that you've had more time to do the same things over and over again- right, wrong, and different.

To become a man is to carry out your word because you gave your word. And your word is you as a man." - The Legacy Letters, by Carew Papritz

MUSIC. Tunneling right down into your CORE and SOULTIME. Hep, sloppy, SEXY and cerebral. Chancy and hip-swinging like ELVIS and your first teenage KISS.

Don’t have kids until you’re ready. And when you do have them, have them all the way. They aren’t like some Cadillac that you can turn back into the dealership after three years.

Don’t spoil kids by trying to buy them off, to buy their time. Kids aren’t stupid. They know a bribe when they see one. They want a parent not a payoff.

Love your kids and just be there for them. You don't have to eyeball their every moment or to orchestrate all their comings and goings. They know this. They know that's too much. All they want is to be assured that there's a home fire cooking, that there are two foremen and a rulebook, and that there's someone to tuck them in at night.

Do not give a damn what "they" have to say (and you will know who they are) for you are either very right or very wrong, but at least you are very something.

Money-it can buy your kids anything, but it cannot teach them love, respect, and the true value of living life without things.

More than likely you’ll do well enough alone by the engines of your own fate until you either hit a few really nasty bumps in the road or grow old enough to realize that there may be a diamond or two in what you thought was your old man’s bucket.

Money. It fits around your neck like some permanent noose. always waiting for your next misstep.

Money may buy you the means to a happiness, but it cannot buy happiness itself.

Money - it can buy you a moment of glee but not a lifetime of happiness.

Money can buy you everything to fill your time but it cannot buy time itself. And things are definitely not time.

Starting the day - Another chance to be new again. How many of us still wish for that? To be your own sunrise. To awaken like a prayer - both solemn and joyful at still being alive . . .

There's so much to learn. So much to enjoy. So terribly much to be curious about. Take your life and run with it. Make a habit of being alive. This much of anything, I have learned. And am still learning.

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