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Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present.
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
John F. Kennedy
Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today.
Thich Nhat Hanh
True happiness is... to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
The only real security is not in owning or possessing, not in demanding or expecting, not in hoping, even. Security in a relationship lies neither in looking back to what it was, nor forward to what it might be, but living in the present and accepting it as it is now.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.
It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs at present. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.
C. S. Lewis
Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.
The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.
Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.
One of the best ways to make yourself happy in the present is to recall happy times from the past. Photos are a great memory-prompt, and because we tend to take photos of happy occasions, they weight our memories to the good.
I try to learn from the past, but I plan for the future by focusing exclusively on the present. That's where the fun is.
Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine.
The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.
It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it elude you and remain forever a harmonious conception of memory.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God's gift, that's why we call it the present.
Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present - and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.
God is not present in idols. Your feelings are your god. The soul is your temple.
The clear and present danger of climate change means we cannot burn our way to prosperity. We already rely too heavily on fossil fuels. We need to find a new, sustainable path to the future we want. We need a clean industrial revolution.
Humans are the only creatures with the ability to dive deep in the sea, fly high in the sky, send instant messages around the globe, reflect on the past, assess the present and imagine the future.
But for me to have the opportunity to stand in front of a bunch of executives and present myself, I had to hustle in my own way. I can't tell you how frustrating it was that they didn't get that. No joke - I'd leave meetings crying all the time.
People gossip. People are insecure, so they talk about other people so that they won't be talked about. They point out flaws in other people to make them feel good about themselves. I think at any age or any social class, that's present.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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