Present Quotes

Only those books come down which deserve to last. All the gilt edges, vellum and morocco, all the presentation copies to all the libraries will not preserve a book in circulation beyond its intrinsic date.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Wherever a set of alternative possible routes toward achieving a given end presents itself, a student movement will tend to choose the one which involves a higher measure of violence or humiliation directed against the older generation.
Lewis S Feue

Learn from the past, Hope for the future, Live in the present.
Ken Lancaste
Alan moore, birth caul - in this present moment we are either smaller than...
William bolitho - you need more fact in the dangerous art of giving...
Katherine mansfield - i am treating you as my friend asking you share...

Since I do not foresee that atomic energy is to be a great boon for a long time, I have to say that for the present it is a menace. Perhaps it is well that it should be. It may intimidate the human race into bringing order into its international affairs, which, without the pressure of fear, it would not do.
Albert Einstein
Real generosity toward the future consists in giving all to what is present.
Albert Camus
Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present.
Roger Babson
Men are so stupid and concerned with their present needs, they will always let themselves be deceived.
Machiavelli, The Prince
A friend is a present you give yourself.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Past and to come seem best things present worst.
Mary Bertone
Where fear is present, wisdom cannot be.
Lactantius
We must respect the past, and mistrust the present, if we wish to provide for the safety of the future.
Jeseph Joubert
Man spends his life in reasoning on the past, in complaining of the present, in fearing future.
Antoine Rivarol
No mind is much employed upon the present recollection and anticipation fill up almost all our moments.
Samuel Johnson
If the present world go astray, the cause is in you, in you it is to be sought.
Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy
Life is eating us up. We shall be fables presently. Keep cool it will be all one a hundred years hence.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Beauty is the first present nature gives to women and the first it takes away.
Mere
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
One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer Present or Not Guilty.
Theodore Roosevelt
The future is much like the present, only longer.
Don Quisenberry
Had I been present at the creation, I would have given some useful hints for the better ordering of the universe.
Alfonso the Wise
Creativity represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited energy of the child with it apparent opposite and enemy, the sense of order imposed on the disciplined adult intelligence.
Norman Podhoretz
God will be present, whether asked or not.
Latin Prove
I am treating you as my friend, asking you to share my present minuses in the hope that I can ask you to share my future pluses.
Katherine Mansfield
To be able to fill leisure intelligently is the last product of civilization, and at present very few people have reached this level.
Bertrand Russell, Conquest of Happiness (1930) ch. 14
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
The beautiful, which is perhaps inseparable from art, is not after all tied to the subject, but to the pictorial representation. In this way and in no other does art overcome the ugly without avoiding it.
Paul Klee
If there were a verb meaning to believe falsely, it would not have any significant first person, present indicative.
Ludwig Wittgenstein
One day at a time - This is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.
Ida Scott Taylor.
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
Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus, Meditations, 200 A. D.
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
The greatest loss of time is delay and expectation, which depend upon the future. We let go the present, which we have in our power, and look forward to that which depends upon chance, and so relinquish a certainty for an uncertainty.
Seneca
All human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future; and hence we often make troublesome changes without amendment, and frequently for the worse.
Benjamin Franklin
Your children need your presence more than your presents.
Jesse Louis Jackson
I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.
Alan Watts
Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy.
Sarah Ban Breathnach