Present Quotes

Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present - which seldom happens to us.
Jean De La Bruyere
The only difference between a genius and one of common capacity is that the former anticipates and explores what the latter accidentally hits upon; but even the man of genius himself more frequently employs the advantages that chance presents him; it is the lapidary who gives value to the diamond which the peasant has dug up without knowing its value.
Abbe Guillaume Raynal

There is no pain so great as the memory of joy in present grief.
Aeschylus
Henry wadsworth longfellow - trust no future, however pleasant let the dead...
Tom daschle - as the representatives of the people we are here...
Ken lancaste - learn from the past, hope for the future, live in...

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
Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, represents, in the final analysis, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.
Dwight D. Eisenhowe
Not only the studying and writing of history but also the honoring of it both represent affirmations of a certain defiant faith - A desperate, unreasoning faith, if you will - But faith nevertheless in the endurance of this threatened world - Faith in the total essentiality of historical continuity.
George Frost Kennan
Education a debt due from present to future generations.
George Peabody
Taxation without representation is tyranny.
James Otis
Those who misrepresent the normal experiences of life, who decry being controversial, who shun risk, are the enemies of the American way of life, whatever the piety of their vocal professions and the patriotic flavor of their platitudes.
Henry M. Wriston
Learning to live in the present moment is part of the path of joy.
Sarah Ban Breathnach
Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.
Seneca
Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragements and doubts. We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts, and the painful groping. We see our past achievements as the end results of a clean forward thrust, and our present difficulties as signs of decline and decay.
Eric Hoffe
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
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
Buddha
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
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
Your children need your presence more than your presents.
Jesse Louis Jackson
A friend is a present you give yourself.
Robert Louis Stevenson
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.
Forget the past and live the present hour.
Sarah Knowles Bolton
The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.
Benjamin Franklin
In this present moment we are either smaller than we once were or else are on our knees.
Alan Moore, Birth Caul
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
My mind to me a kingdom is, Such present joys therein I find, That it excels all other bliss.
Sir Edward Dye
Be intent upon the perfection of the present day.
William Law
Angels may be very excellent sort of folk in their own way, but we, poor mortals in our present state, would probably find them precious slow company.
Jerome K. Jerome
And once again Mr. Sherlock Holmes is free to devote his life to examining those interesting little problems which the complexity of human life so pletifuly presents.
Sir Arther Connan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes
The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.
Aristotle
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
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
The whole drift of my education goes to persuade me that the world of our present consciousness is only one out of many worlds of consciousness that exist.
William James
Opportunity does not knock, it presents itself when you beat down the door.
Kyle Chandle
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
Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
Charles Dickens
Write down the advice of him who loves you, though you like it not at present.
English Prove
I have never been able, really, to regret anything in all my life. I have always been far much too absorbed in the present moment or the immediate future to think back.
Albert Camus, The Strange
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.