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There is only one way left to escape the alienation of present day society: to retreat ahead of it.
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.
The people who are absent are the ideal; those who are present seem to be quite commonplace.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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
Poetry is often the art of overhearing yourself say things you didn't know you knew. It is a learned skill to force yourself to articulate your life, your present world or your possibilities for the future.
Imagery is not past but present. It rests with what we call our mental processes to place these images in a temporal order.
George Herbert Mead
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.
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
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.
Existence is no more than the precarious attainment of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past, present, and future.
Hope is the magic carpet that transports us from the present moment into the realm of infinite possibilities.
H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
A gift, with a kind countenance, is a double present.
No doubt, the White House thinks the American people know Obama's story. But since the Inauguration, we've seen only the president's present: his perfect family, his Ivy League elegance, his effortless mastery of complex issues. We never see him sweat. And we forget that he ever had to struggle.
Dee Dee Myers
The haunting of history is ever present in Barcelona. I see cities as organisms, as living creatures. To me, Madrid is a man and Barcelona is a woman. And it's a woman who's extremely vain.
Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Men are able to sustain a career into their 50s and 60s and still present themselves as sex symbols. With women, on the other hand, people say, 'Why doesn't she retire?'
I love my past, I love my present. I am not ashamed of what I have had, and I am not sad because I no longer have it.
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
One thing my mom used to tell me was to look to the other side, and know that my present is not going to be everything. So if I'm having a bad day, she goes, 'Just imagine tomorrow. This is going to be over. This is going to be done with.'
The present was an egg laid by the past that had the future inside its shell.
Zora Neale Hurston
Sometimes the most beautiful thing is precisely the one that comes unexpectedly and unearned, hence something given truly as a present.
America, which has the most glorious present still existing in the world today, hardly stops to enjoy it, in her insatiable appetite for the future.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
The Gospel offers forgiveness for the past, new life for the present, and hope for the future.
I'm living my future as long as you're living in the present and realize how beautiful life is.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
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