“Mientras haya vida, hay esperanza” Where there’s life (or more literally “Whilst there’s life) there’s hope”.
This is one of those phrases which stands on its own without a lot of comment, and whilst I am not a great one for all those self-affirmation e-mails, this is a great truth about the value of life itself.
José Luis Sampedro says that life is about: “Hacerse lo que uno es” (Becoming what one is). Curiously, he explains this by saying that as we go through life we discover who we are not, and that process guides us into being who we are.
Shakespeare had the same idea – “To thine own self be true”.
If you want to listen to Sampedro on the subject, here is a link. It’s hard to follow, but worth the effort if your Spanish is up to it.