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The past becomes a texture, an ambience to our present.
Every age yearns for a more beautiful world. The deeper the desperation and the depression about the confusing present, the more intense that yearning.
When you come across someone colorful and vibrant maybe in the present it isn't so interesting, but, in the past, it sheds a wonderful light onto living life.
The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect was already in the cause.
For me, looking back is akin to being on a tightrope and looking down. It doesn't help you in the present moment to deal with what you have to deal with in order to move forward.
The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.
The people who are absent are the ideal; those who are present seem to be quite commonplace.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Whenever you are angry, be assured that it is not only a present evil, but that you have increased a habit.
We must not only cease our present desire for the growth of the state, but we must desire its decrease, its weakening.
Sometimes the past seems too big for the present to hold.
Man is an artifact designed for space travel. He is not designed to remain in his present biologic state any more than a tadpole is designed to remain a tadpole.
William S. Burroughs
Of this our true individual life, our present life is a glimpse, a fragment, a hint, and in its best moments a visible beginning.
I wish to present myself in front of the camera, each time under the features of a different woman. I would like to live and apprehend the problems, the conflicts, the feelings and the impulses of women radically different from me.
A God is thinkable, therefore a God is also actually present.
Death is present every day in our lives. It's not that I take pleasure in the morbid fascination of it, but it is a fact of life.
But this Veterans Day, I believe we should do more than sing the praises of the bravery and patriotism that our veterans have embodied in the past. We should take this opportunity to re-evaluate how we are treating our veterans in the present.
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
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
Always say 'yes' to the present moment... Surrender to what is. Say 'yes' to life - and see how life starts suddenly to start working for you rather than against you.
Life gives you plenty of time to do whatever you want to do if you stay in the present moment.
I have become my own version of an optimist. If I can't make it through one door, I'll go through another door - or I'll make a door. Something terrific will come no matter how dark the present.
Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it.
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.
Be intent upon the perfection of the present day.
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.
Existence is no more than the precarious attainment of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past, present, and future.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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