A dying people tolerates the present, rejects the future, and finds its
satisfactions in past greatness and half-remembered glory.
A great source of calamity lies in regret and anticipation; therefore a
person is wise who thinks of the present alone, regardless of the past
A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the
After all, the wrong is done. It is past and cannot be changed. We have
only the present and the future upon which to move forward.
At the present rate of progress, it is almost impossible to imagine any
technical feat that cannot be achieved- if it can be achieved at all-
within the next few hundred years.
-Arthur C. Clarke
Enjoy the present, bid defiance to the future, laugh at all those
reasonable beings who exercise their reason to avoid the misfortunes
which they fear, destroying at the same time the pleasure that they
Eternal life belongs to those who live in the present.
Every man's life lies within the present; for the past is spent and done
with, and the future is uncertain.
Few of us ever live in the present. We are forever anticipating what is
to come or remembering what has gone.
For most people, the present is enough like the future to be pretty
History is always the interpretation of the present.
-George Herbert Mead
History is the present. That's why every generation writes it anew. But
what most people think of as history is its end product, myth.
If the present is really all we have, then the present lasts forever.
The present is merely the past rolled up and concentrated in this second
Live in the present, remember the past, and fear not the future, for it
doesn't exist and never shall. There is only now.
Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson... you find the present tense and the
The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental
The present enshrines the past- and in the past all history has been
made by men.
-Simone de Beauvoir
The present is never our goal, the past and present are our means; the
future alone is our goal. Thus, we never live but we hope to live; and
always hoping to be happy, it is inevitable that we will never be so.
The sole thing of which any man can be deprived is the present; since
this is all he owns.
There are two systems, the past and the future. The present is only a
We can experience nothing but the present moment, live in no other
second of time, and to understand this is as close as we can get to
We live in a moment of history where change is so speeded up that we
begin to see the present only when it is already disappearing.
Categories: The present