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Basically, everything I try to do is to present an alternative to what somebody else is doing.
For myself, I do not now know in any concrete human terms wherein my individuality consists. In my present human form of consciousness I simply cannot tell.
Tony Blair faced a massive defection from his own party ranks during voting around the intervention in Iraq. For our present purpose, the point is not that he survived the defection, but that he had to face it.
In the '60s - and right up to the present day - the identity of a member of the British Secret Services was and is, quite rightly, a state secret. To divulge it is a crime. The Services may choose to leak a name when it pleases them.
John le Carre
To be awake is to be fully present, no noise, just you and God. Most of us only have seconds of full consciousness. To live in a state of Samadhi - that's what we're here for.
We are always acting on what has just finished happening. It happened at least 1/30th of a second ago. We think we're in the present, but we aren't. The present we know is only a movie of the past.
I'm not a very good singer. I just know how to present a song, and honey, I think I've been through enough to do it right.
I see writing and acting as different parts of the same continuum. Writing is better for intense emotion. If you're very angry about something, you shouldn't present it as strongly when you're acting. But if you're really angry and writing about it, that's the best way to get it out and across.
The further we distance ourselves from the spell of the present, explored by our senses, the harder it will be to understand and protect nature's precarious balance, let alone the balance of our own human nature.
If the future, as imagined in literature, is really the present taken to extremes, then the past is also the present, but boiled down.
Post-modernism has cut off the present from all futures. The daily media add to this by cutting off the past. Which means that critical opinion is often orphaned in the present.
At the present moment, the security of coherent philosophy, which existed from Parmenides to Hegel, is lost.
I love to drive. My present to myself from 'The Tudors' was a red Mazda MX5 hard-top convertible. I loved that car, and also what she represented - my first success.
We lie to one another every day, in the sweetest way, often unconsciously. We dress ourselves and compose ourselves in order to present ourselves to one another.
John le Carre
Corporate responsibility extends not only to the customers, the resources and the workers of the present, but also to those of the future.
My wife and I have chosen to bring up our children as vegetarians. In another time or place, we might have made a different decision. But the realities of our present moment compelled us to make that choice.
Jonathan Safran Foer
History is the present. That's why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth.
E. L. Doctorow
Creation is all space, all time - all things past, present, and future.
The educator must above all understand how to wait; to reckon all effects in the light of the future, not of the present.
I think a major cause of present Asian economic difficulties that mainly come from, you know, lack of market economy.
Kim Dae Jung
That distinctive presidential conduct is now gone forever, banished to the snows of yesteryear by Barack Obama. From the beginning of his presidency to the present, he has spoken specifically and in unprecedented fashion of Republicans as his rivals, his stumbling blocks, the primary cause of his troubles.
Iranians defend and present their Islamic and Iranian identity to other people worldwide.
Children aren't just our future. They're our present.
Put simply, behavioural economics argues that human beings' decision-taking is guided by the evolutionary baggage which we bring with us to the present day. Evolution has made us rational to a point, but not perfectly so. It has given us emotions, for example, which programme us to override our rational brain and act more instinctively.
If we learn the art of yielding what must be yielded to the changing present, we can save the best of the past.
The audience, upon learning that the real Buffalo Bill was present, gave several cheers between the acts.
C. S. Lewis
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For me the greatest beauty always lies in the greatest clarity.
Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
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