Patrick Stewart, the famed actor behind Star Trek’s Captain Picard, is celebrating his 81st birthday today. In honor of his big day, we have some “out of this world” quotes from the lovable and wise Jean Luc Picard that will help you reach for the stars.
“Seize The Time! Live Now! Make Now Always The Most Precious Time. Now Will Never Come Again.”
Carpe Diem! When a bar fight ended with Picard stabbed in the heart, he only laughed at the fact and uttered this quote. Picard’s advice to seize the day is something we should all keep in mind when going about our daily routines. It’s important to live life to the fullest because you never know what the future holds.
“There Was A Time You Looked At The Stars And Dreamed Of What Might Be.”
In this scene Picard is confronting his evil clone, Shinzon. Shinzon planned to eliminate all forms of life in the Federation yet Picard still finds a way to emphasize with him. Here Picard recognizes the pain Shizon himself has gone through and shows the importance of trying to find the good in all people and being aware of how people’s circumstances affect their lives.
“Things Are Only Impossible Until They’re Not.”
It only takes one person to break a barrier and prove that something is possible. People used to think it was impossible to make it to the moon but now scientists and astronauts explore outer space on a daily basis. Here, Picard reminds us that there is always the potential to break new ground and do the unthinkable. Don’t let past expectations hold you back from what can be achieved in the future.
“I prefer to think of the future as something that is not written in stone.”
Your life is what you make of it. No one follows a set path and it’s never too late to make a change. Picard reminds us that you can take control of your fate and make the reality you want to see.
“Time is a companion that goes with us on a journey. It reminds us to cherish each moment, because it will never come again. What we leave behind is not as important as how we have lived.”
It’s important not just to live in the moment, but to enjoy the moment as well. Stop and smell the roses, take in the beauty of life and treasure every day. Picard emphasizes that when you look back on life, you should smile without regrets, knowing you have fully seized each and every day.