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Quotes About The Present


PRESENT, n. That part of eternity dividing the domain of disappointment from the realm of hope. ~ The Devil's Dictionary by by Ambrose Bierce

Philosophy triumphs easily over past, and over future evils, but present evils triumph over philosophy. ~ Francois De La Rochefoucauld

Strong souls, within the present live,
The future veiled, the past forgot;
Grasping what is, with hands of steel,
They bind what shall be, to their own will.
~ Lewis Morris

Sorrows remembered sweeten present joy. ~ Robert Pollock

History is more or less bunk. It's tradition. We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that's worth a tinker's damn is the history we make today. ~ Henry Ford, quoted in Famous Quotes on Living in the Present

The Present, the Present is all thou hast
For thy sure possessing;
Like the patriarch's angel hold it fast
Till it gives its blessing.
~ Whittier, My Soul and I

We can chart our future clearly and wisely only when we know the path which has led to the present. ~ Adlai E. Stevenson

Bear the burden of the present,
Let the morrow bear its own;
If the morning sky be pleasant,
Why the passing night bemoan?
~ Thomas Mackellar

Trust no future howe'er pleasant;
Let the dead past bury its dead;
Act,—act in the living present,
Heart within and God o'erhead! ~ Longfellow

The future works out great men's destinies;
The present is enough for common souls. ~ James Russell Lowell

The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect was already the cause. ~ Henri Bergson

Whenever a mind is simple and receives an old wisdom, old things pass away,—means, teachers, texts, temples fall; it lives now, and absorbs past and future into present hour. All things are made sacred by relation to it,—one as much as another. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

What is really momentous and all-important with us is the present, by which the future is shaped and colored. ~ John Greenleaf Whittier

The present joys of life we doubly taste, By looking back with pleasure on the past. ~ Martial

  Carpe diem (Enjoy the present day, seize the opportunity) ~ Latin Proverb