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Re: Get busy living or get busy dying

Posted by DRC on March 16, 2005

In Reply to: Re: Get busy living or get busy dying posted by Gary on March 16, 2005

: : : what does that phrase mean?

: : That attitude is important?

: Bob Dylan, in his song It's Alright Ma, I'm Only Bleeding, has it thatL

: ...he not busy being born
: Is busy dying.

: I don't know if that's where your question originated from or if that idea has been expressed before that.

: Anyway, while interpreting Bob Dylan's lyrics can often be a mug's game, I've always interpreted that to mean - if you aren't getting on with life and making the most of it you are wasting your gifts.

This phrase was also used in the movie "Shawshank Redemption".