Best Collection of Randy Pausch Quotes

Randy Pausch, American Educator ( October 23, 1960 - July 25, 2008 )

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Never, ever underestimate the importance of having fun.~Randy Pausch

Having Fun Fun Importance

An injured lion still wants to roar.~Randy Pausch

Lion Roar Still

I am going to keep having fun every day I have left, because there is no other way of life. You just have to decide whether you are a Tigger or an Eeyore.~Randy Pausch

Life Day Having Fun

Never lose the childlike wonder. Show gratitude... Don't complain; just work harder... Never give up.~Randy Pausch

Work Gratitude Complain

Brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls aren't there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to show us how badly we want things.~Randy Pausch

Want Reason Walls

We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the game.~Randy Pausch

Change Cards Game

If I don't seem as depressed or morose as I should be, sorry to disappoint you.~Randy Pausch

Sorry You Should

You can't get there alone. People have to help you, and I do believe in karma. I believe in paybacks. You get people to help you by telling the truth, by being earnest.~Randy Pausch

Truth Alone Karma

Experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted.~Randy Pausch

Experience You Get

Work hard. I got tenure a year early. Junior faculty members used to say to me: 'Wow, what's your secret?' I said: 'It's pretty simple. Call me any Friday night in my office at 10 o'clock, and I'll tell you.'~Randy Pausch

Work Work Hard Night

The metaphor I've used is... somebody's going to push my family off a cliff pretty soon, and I won't be there to catch them. And that breaks my heart. But I have some time to sew some nets to cushion the fall. So, I can curl up in a ball and cry, or I can get to work on the nets.~Randy Pausch

Family Work Time

I played in football games where you walk off the field and the scoreboard didn't end up the way you wanted. But you knew that you really did give it all. And the other team was too strong.~Randy Pausch

Strong Team End

We have a finite amount of time. Whether short or long, it doesn't matter. Life is to be lived.~Randy Pausch

Life Time Short

The particular way I'm going to die is not going to be particularly pleasant. It will probably be physically uncomfortable, and it won't be an easy thing for my wife and kids to watch. I think it will be a real challenge to see if I can squeeze the lemons hard enough to still get lemonade the last few weeks.~Randy Pausch

Wife Challenge Die

If you are hopeful, if you are optimistic, other people want to help you. And if you are down in the dumps, other people may still help you, but I've noticed that they're walking, not running, over to you.~Randy Pausch

May Walking People

I'm hanging in there, trying to spend as much quality time with my wife and kids as possible, and though it's very frustrating to know I won't beat the cancer, there's a great satisfaction in knowing that I'm walking off the field with no regrets.~Randy Pausch

Wife Time Great

Chemo days make me tired, though it's hard to say that's because of the chemo when you have kids who have inherited their dad's usual energy level.~Randy Pausch

Dad Tired Me

I always thought every day was a gift, but now I am looking for where to send the thank you note.~Randy Pausch

Thank You Day I Am

I've never understood pity and self-pity as an emotion.~Randy Pausch

Emotion Never Understood

Cancer didn't change me at all. I know lots of people talk about the life revelation. I didn't have that.~Randy Pausch

Life Change People

I've decided to tell my kids things like: 'I love the way each of you tilted back your heads when you laughed.' I will give them specific stuff they can grasp.~Randy Pausch

Love You Way

I think the only advice I can give you on how to live your life well is, first off, remember... it's not the things we do in life that we regret on our deathbed, it is the things we do not.~Randy Pausch

Life Regret Remember

Wait long enough, and people will surprise and impress you.~Randy Pausch

People Surprise Long

Educators shouldn't be afraid of cliches. You know why? Because kids don't know most of them! They're a new audience. And they're inspired by cliches.~Randy Pausch

You Know Afraid

Pretty much any time I got a chance to do something cool, I tried to grab for it, and that's where my solace comes from.~Randy Pausch

Time Cool Chance

Make clear that people understand what your circumstances are. And looking for pity - that's a mistake.~Randy Pausch

People Mistake Looking