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Published Saturday, August 27, 2016 @ 11:31 AM EDT
Aug 27 2016

A dying people tolerates the present, rejects the future, and finds its satisfactions in past greatness and half-remembered glory.
-John Steinbeck

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 or future.
-Oliver Goldsmith

A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.
-Albert Einstein

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.
-Leo Buscaglia

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 might enjoy.
-Giovanni Casanova

Eternal life belongs to those who live in the present.
-Ludwig Wittgenstein

Every man's life lies within the present; for the past is spent and done with, and the future is uncertain.
-Marcus Aurelius

Few of us ever live in the present. We are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone.
-Louis L'Amour

For most people, the present is enough like the future to be pretty scary.
-William Gibson

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.
-E.L. Doctorow

If the present is really all we have, then the present lasts forever.
-Anne Lamott

The present is merely the past rolled up and concentrated in this second of time.
-Will Durant

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

Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson... you find the present tense and the past perfect.
-Robert Orben

The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.
-Abraham Maslow

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.
-Blaise Pascal

The sole thing of which any man can be deprived is the present; since this is all he owns.
-Marcus Aurelius

There are two systems, the past and the future. The present is only a painful transition.
-Napoleon Bonaparte

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 eternal life.
-P.D. James

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.
-R.D. Laing


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