Pray as if You Were to Die Tomorrow

Here’s a good quote that puts perspective on how we should live and pray.

Work as if you were to live a hundred years, pray as if you were to die tomorrow.

I wonder who knows who said this, and whether or not they said it in the Bible or not.


Pray as if You Were to Die Tomorrow — 6 Comments

  1. Ali ibn Abu Talib, the son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad, said it before Franklin. “Do for this life as if you live forever, do for the afterlife as if you die tomorrow”. Don’t know if it is in the Bible.

  2. Interesting… Ben Franklin is the one name that always comes up for the pray as if you would die tomorrow quote. I guess good quotes go way back. As for the Bible there are verses that speak to the brevity of life and how we should make every day count. There are some other references in the Life Is But a Walking Shadow post.

  3. Thank you for your answer. Our research has shown that the quote, “Work as if you were to live 100 years; pray as if you were to die tomorrow,” was first published in May 1757 in Poor Richard’s Almanac written by Ben Franklin. Are there any earlier documented appearances of this quote in other written works?

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