Present Quotes

There has never been an age that did not applaud the past and lament the present.
Lillian Eichler Watson
It is when we notice the dirt that God is most present in us.
Clive Staples Lewis

The future is much like the present, only longer.
Don Quisenberry
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In the modern world of business, it is useless to be a creative original thinker unless you can also sell what you create. Management cannot be expected to recognize a good idea unless it is presented to them by a good salesman.
David M. Ogilvy
Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Thanks to his constant habit of shaking the bottle in which life handed him the wine of experience, he presently found the taste of the lees rising as usual into his draught.
Henry James, "The Ambassadors", Book Fourth, Chapter 2
Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present.
Roger Babson
Live neither in the present nor the future, but in the eternal. The giant weed of evil cannot flower there this blot upon existence is wiped out by the very atmosphere of eternal thought.
H Hahn Blavatsky
I came into the world either too early or too late at present, I am good for nothing.
Prince Klemens Wenzel Nepomuk Lothar von Metternich
We simply rob ourselves when we make presents to the dead.
Publilius Syrus
The honey from the flowers of the senses, Ever present within, ruler of time, Goes beyond fear. For this Self is Supreme.
Maitri Upanishads
Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction and skillful execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives.
William A. Foste
As the same fire assumes different shapes When it consumes objects differing in shape, So does the one Self take the shape Of every creature in whom he is present.
Maitri Upanishads
We think very little of time present; we anticipate the future, as being too slow, and with a view to hasten it onward, we recall the past to stay it as too swiftly gone. We are so thoughtless, that we thus wander through the hours which are not here, regardless only of the moment that is actually our own.
Blaise Pascal
Quality is never an accident. It represents the wise choice of many alternatives.
Willa Foste
Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils but present evils triumph over it.
La Rochefoucauld
Men are so stupid and concerned with their present needs, they will always let themselves be deceived.
Machiavelli, The Prince
Leaders are the ones who keep faith with the past, keep step with the present and keep the promise to posterity.
Harold J. Seymore
Real generosity toward the future consists in giving all to what is present.
Albert Camus
No mind is much employed upon the present recollection and anticipation fill up almost all our moments.
Samuel Johnson
If there were a verb meaning to believe falsely, it would not have any significant first person, present indicative.
Ludwig Wittgenstein
It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words And this, too, shall pass away.
Abraham Lincoln
It is difficult to live in the present, ridiculous to live in the future, and impossible to live in the past. Nothing is as far away as one minute ago.
Jim Bishop
A friend is a present you give yourself.
Robert Louis Stevenson
God will be present, whether asked or not.
Latin Prove
Yes, we have to divide up our time like that, between our politics and our equations. But to me our equations are far more important, for politics are only a matter of present concern. A mathematical equation stands forever.
Albert Einstein
Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
Albert Einstein
Be intent upon the perfection of the present day.
William Law
Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Our religious faith gives us the answer to the false beliefs of Communism... I have the feeling that God has created us and brought us to our present position of power and strength for some great purpose.
President Harry Truman, Public Papers of the President of the United States: Harry S. Truman - 1951 U. S. Gov. 1966 pp548 - 549
The most dangerous aspect of present - Day life is the dissolution of the feeling of individual responsibility. Mass solitude has done away with any difference between the internal and the external, between the intellectual and the physical.
Eugenio Montale
Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
George Orwell
Male and female represent the two sides of the great radical dualism. But in fact they are perpetually passing into one another. Fluid hardens to solid, solid rushes to fluid. There is no wholly masculine man, no purely feminine woman.
Margaret Fuller, Woman in the Nineteenth Century, 1845
A friendship can weather most things and thrive in thin soil but it needs a little mulch of letters and phone calls and small, silly presents every so often - Just to save it from drying out completely.
Pam Brown
I believe that individuals can make a difference in society. Since periods of change such as the present one come so rarely in human history, it is up to each of us to make the best use of our time to help create a happier world.
The Dalai Lama, 1992 Speech
When the present is full of gloom, the past becomes haven of refuge that provides relief and inspiration.
Jawahar Lal Neheru
It is satisfying for the descendant of a dissident refugee from Elizabeth I to present his credentials to Elizabeth II.
Kingman Brewster, Jr.