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Present Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Present

Please enjoy these Present Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition,
is not only a waste of energy
but the worst habit you could possibly have.
- Dale Carnegie

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I Receive ALL of Life with Thanksgiving -
I have gratitude for EVERYTHING
that has ever occurred to bring me to this moment.
I give thanks for the joys and the sufferings,
the moments of peace and the flashes of anger,
the compassion and the indifference,
the roar of my courage and the cold sweat of my fear.
I accept gratefully the entirety of my past and my present life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past,
but by the love we're not extending in the present.
- Marianne Williamson

Your greatest gift to your family and friends is yourself -
your relaxed, happy, and fully-present self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

The ability to be in the present moment
is a major component of mental wellness.
- Abraham Maslow

You can't change the past,
but you can ruin the present
by worrying about the future.
- Anonymous

A friend is a present you give yourself.
- Robert Louis Stevenson

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"I" is a non-stop storyteller, spinning tales
of the past, the present and the future -
constantly editing, interpreting
and directing this inner movie.
- Josh Baran

The heart knows nothing of the past,
nothing of the future;
it knows only of the present.
- Osho

How paramount the future is to the present
when one is surrounded by children.
- Charles Darwin

Forgiveness ... is the finishing of old business
that allows us to experience the present,
free of contamination from the past.
- Joan Borysenko

I accept gratefully the entirety of my past and my present life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Whenever you are angry, be assured that
it is not only a present evil,
but that you have increased a habit.
- Epictetus

Gain happiness by living in the present -
without regret for the past or fear of the future.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

One of the illusions of life is that the present hour
is not the critical, decisive hour.
Write it on your heart that
every day is the best day in the year.
No man has learned anything rightly,
until he knows that every day is Doomsday.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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

Lighten up! Slow down the shopping.
Your greatest gift to your family and friends is yourself -
your relaxed, happy, and fully-present self.
Consider gifting hand-made cards with messages
of true appreciation in place of store-bought presents.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

He who spends time regretting the past,
loses the present and risks the future.
- Quevedo

Do not dwell in the past,
do not dream of the future,
concentrate the mind on the present moment.
- The Buddha

Fill your heart with the creative power
to accept the past,
decorate the present
and transform the future.
- Osho

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

If we open a quarrel between past and present,
we shall find that we have lost the future.
- Winston Churchill

Do the small things of life with a relaxed awareness.
When you are eating, eat totally -
chew totally, taste totally, smell totally.
Touch your bread, feel the texture.
Smell the bread, smell the flavor.
Chew it, let it dissolve into your being.
- Osho

Stop wishing and fearing the future
long enough to be fully present in TODAY.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Yesterday is history,
tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift.
That is why it is called Present.
- Anonymous

When we come into the present,
we begin to feel the life around us again,
but we also encounter whatever we have been avoiding.
We must have the courage to face whatever is present -
our pain, our desires, our grief,
our loss, our secret hopes our love -
everything that moves us most deeply.
- Jack Kornfield

I choose to live my life in the present, with consciousness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The past has no power over the present moment.
- Eckhart Tolle

You must live in the present,
launch yourself on every wave,
find your eternity in each moment.
- Henry David Thoreau

Who controls the past controls the future.
Who controls the present controls the past.
- George Orwell

The distinction between the past, present and future
is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
- Albert Einstein

The mind exists in time, in fact the mind is time;
it exists in the past and the future.
And remember, time consists of only two tenses,
the past and the future.
The present is not part of time,
the present is part of eternity.
- Osho

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.
- Rabindranath Tagore

I think this is what hooks one to gardening:
it is the closest one can come to being present at creation.
- Phyllis Theroux

America's present need is not heroics but healing;
not nostrums but normalcy; not revolution but restoration.
- Warren G. Harding

The importance of money flows from it being a link
between the present and the future.
- John Maynard Keynes

Training yourself to live in the present -
without regretting the past or fearing the future -
is a recipe for a happy life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present.
- Roger Babson

History is a relentless master.
It has no present, only the past rushing into the future.
To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.
- John F. Kennedy

Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded.
It's a relationship between equals.
Only when we know our own darkness well
can we be present with the darkness of others.
Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.
- Pema Chodron

In rivers, the water that you touch
is the last of what has passed
and the first of that which comes;
so with present time.
- Leonardo da Vinci

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it
is like wrapping a present and not giving it.
- William Arthur Ward

The secret of health for both mind and body
is not to mourn for the past,
nor to worry about the future,
but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.
- The Buddha

The present is the ever moving shadow
that divides yesterday from tomorrow.
In that lies hope.
- Frank Lloyd Wright

Mothers don't let your daughters grow up to be models unless you're present.
- Janice Dickinson

Your present circumstances don't determine where you can go;
they merely determine where you start.
- Nido Qubein

It is a mark of soulfulness to be present in the here and now.
When we are present, we are not fabricating inner movies.
We are seeing what is before us.
- John Bradshaw

My biggest hero, Gregory Peck, was my birthday present on April 14,
1973.
I just sat and stared at him.
- Loretta Lynn

In 1993 my birthday present was a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.
- Annette Funicello

I do not want to foresee the future.
I am concerned with taking care of the present.
God has given me no control over the moment following.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The work of art shows people new directions and thinks of the future.
The house thinks of the present.
- Adolf Loos

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

Happiness is not something you postpone for the future;
it is something you design for the present.
- Jim Rohn

The present is a point just passed.
- David Russell

A gift, with a kind countenance, is a double present.
- Thomas Fuller

In dwelling, live close to the ground.
In thinking, keep to the simple.
In conflict, be fair and generous.
In governing, don't try to control.
In work, do what you enjoy.
In family life, be completely present.
- Lao Tzu

If we were to select the most intelligent,
imaginative, energetic, and emotionally stable third of mankind,
all races would be present.
- Franz Boas

Beauty is the first present nature gives to women and the first it takes away.
- Fay Weldon

Jane Austen is at the end of the line that begins with Samuel Richardson,
which takes wonder and magic out of the novel,
treats not the past but the present.
- Leslie Fiedler

I can't laugh, be happy, present myself at any prize
and also win on the centre court.
- Gabriela Sabatini

Crazy Horse saw history as integrated in the present,
incorporated into daily life.
- Stephen Ambrose

People tend to vote the present tense -
not the subjective.
- Diane Sawyer

I try to live my life every day in the present,
and try not to turn a blind eye to injustice and need.
- Susan Sarandon

I move to appoint a Committee to correspond with the neighboring colonies,
on the present important Crisis.
- Isaac Low

When trying to remember my share in the glow of the eternal present,
in the smile of God, I return to my childhood,
too, for that is where the most significant discoveries turn up.
- Herman Hesse

Every age yearns for a more beautiful world.
The deeper the desperation and the depression about the confusing present,
the more intense that yearning.
- Johan Huizinga

Subject matter that is not bound to reality offers
more opportunity to write a unique story and cinematically
present it in very unique ways.
- Richard King

Creation is all space, all time - all things past,
present, and future.
- Matthew Fox

The past is an old armchair in the attic,
the present an ominous ticking sound,
and the future is anybody's guess.
- James Thurber

As in geology, so in social institutions,
we may discover the causes of all past changes
in the present invariable order of society.
- Henry David Thoreau

The Intelligence Committee will also examine present
counterintelligence programs for the Department of Energy,
the National Laboratories, and the Department of Defense.
- Charles Foster Bass


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