PRESENT QUOTES

quotations about the present

Present quote

Life is all memory except for the one present moment that goes by so quick you can hardly catch it going.

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS, The Milk Train Doesn't Stop Here Anymore

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The past is always judged by the present.

NEITH BOYCE, Enemies

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The habit of looking to the future and thinking that the whole meaning of the present lies in what it will bring forth is a pernicious one. There can be no value in the whole unless there is value in the parts.

BERTRAND RUSSELL, Conquest of Happiness

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The past is the present, isn't it? It's the future too.

EUGENE O'NEILL, Long Day's Journey Into Night

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When you surrender to what is and so become fully present, the past ceases to have any power. You do not need it anymore. Presence is the key. Now is the key.

ECKHART TOLLE, The Power of Now

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The days of life are consumed, one by one, without an object beyond the present moment; ever flying from the ennui of that, yet carrying it with us; eternally in pursuit of happiness, which keeps eternally before us. If death or bankruptcy happen to trip us out of the circle, it is matter for the buzz of the evening, and is completely forgotten by the next morning.

THOMAS JEFFERSON, letter to Mrs. Bingham, February 7, 1787

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The present is the ever moving shadow that divides yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies hope.

FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT, The Living City

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Zen lives in the present. The Whole teaching is: how to be in the present; how to get out of the past which is no more and how not to get involved in the future which is not yet, and just to be rooted, centered, in that which is.

OSHO, Zen: The Path of Paradox

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I'm interested in the way in which the past affects the present and I think that if we understand a good deal more about history, we automatically understand a great more about contemporary life.

TONI MORRISON, interview, Time, January 21, 1998

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He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.

GEORGE ORWELL, Nineteen Eighty-Four

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When people can't abide things as they are, when they can't abide the present, they do one of two things ... either they ... either they turn to a contemplation of the past ... or they set about to ... alter the future. And when you want to change something ... YOU BANG! BANG! BANG! BANG!

EDWARD ALBEE, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

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The past lies like a nightmare upon the present.

KARL MARX, The 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

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In basketball -- as in life -- true joy comes from being fully present in each and every moment, not just when things are going your way.

PHIL JACKSON, Sacred Hoops

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Under the sublime law of progress, the present outgrows the past. The great heart of humanity is heaving with the hopes of a brighter day. All the higher instincts of our nature prophesy its approach; and the best intellects of the race are struggling to turn that prophecy into fulfilment.

HORACE MANN, A Few Thoughts for a Young Man

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Reality is a question of perspective; the further you get from the past, the more concrete and plausible it seems--but as you approach the present, it inevitably seems incredible.

SALMAN RUSHDIE, Midnight's Children

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Today is the first and last day of forever.

STEPHENIE MEYER, Breaking Dawn

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To stay present in everyday life, it helps to be deeply rooted within yourself; otherwise, the mind, which has incredible momentum, will drag you along like a wild river.

ECKHART TOLLE, The Power of Now

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Live in the present, remember the past, and fear not the future, for it doesn't exist and never shall. There is only now.

CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI, Eldest

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The future and the past are equally meaningless because they are nebulous entities, times that do not exist, containing events which have no echo because they are gone, or which hold no import because they are yet to happen. What is important is the here and now, and now, and now, and the spaces between the nows.

TIM LEBBON, Face

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Tomorrows were full of awful things. Today, now, was the essential.

ARIANA FRANKLIN, Mistress of the Art of Death

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