They deem me mad because I will not sell my days for gold; and I deem them mad because they think my days have a price.
~Khalil Gibran (born Gubran Khalil Gubran, 1883–1931), Lebanese-American artist, poet, and writer. Born in the town of Bsharri in modern-day Lebanon (then part of the Ottoman Mount Lebanon mutasarrifate), as a young man he emigrated with his family to the United States where he studied art and began his literary career. He is chiefly known in the English-speaking world for his 1923 book The Prophet, an early example of inspirational fiction including a series of philosophical essays written in poetic English prose. Gibran is the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Lao-Tzu.
He who postpones the hour of living rightly is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.
~Horace. Quintus Horatius Flaccus (65 B.C.–8 B.C.), known in the English-speaking world as Horace, was the leading Roman lyric poet during the time of Augustus.