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If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.
People sacrifice the present for the future. But life is available only in the present. That is why we should walk in such a way that every step can bring us to the here and the now.
Thich Nhat Hanh
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.
Having experienced personally and through my family the tragedy of Chile is something always present in my memory. I do not want events of that nature ever to happen again, and I have dedicated an important part of my life to ensuring that and to the reunion of all Chileans.
While we are living in the present, we must celebrate life every day, knowing that we are becoming history with every work, every action, every deed.
It is through gratitude for the present moment that the spiritual dimension of life opens up.
Be intent upon the perfection of the present day.
The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present.
The reason we want to go on and on is because we live in an impoverished present.
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
Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.
Listening is such a simple act. It requires us to be present, and that takes practice, but we don't have to do anything else. We don't have to advise, or coach, or sound wise. We just have to be willing to sit there and listen.
Margaret J. Wheatley
As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.
The paradox of modernism is, writers make the decision to work with the continuous present, and to work with... stream of consciousness, as it's called, for emotional reasons, and the main emotional reason is verisimilitude. I mean, this is what surprises people: Life is not in the simple past.
We must respect the past, and mistrust the present, if we wish to provide for the safety of the future.
For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.
John F. Kennedy
Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the present toward the future.
The thing I have always tried to do is surprise people: to present them with something they didn't expect.
If you read history you will find that the Christians who did most for the present world were precisely those who thought most of the next. It is since Christians have largely ceased to think of the other world that they have become so ineffective in this.
C. S. Lewis
To make any future that we dreamt up real requires creative scientists, engineers, and technologists to make it happen. If people are not within your midst who dream about tomorrow - with the capacity to bring tomorrow into the present - then the country might as well just recede back into the cave because that's where we're headed.
Neil deGrasse Tyson
I don't know if high society is different in other cities, but in Hollywood, important people can't stand to be invited someplace that isn't full of other important people. They don't mind a few unfamous people being present because they make good listeners.
I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don't have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.
The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned; it enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not to abandon it to his enemy.
Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress.
I'm living my future as long as you're living in the present and realize how beautiful life is.
John F. Kennedy
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