“True happiness is… to enjoy the present, without anxious dependence upon the future.”

~ Lucius Annaeus Seneca

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“Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past.”

~ Berenice Abbott

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“Your present circumstances don’t determine where you can go; they merely determine where you start.”

~ Nido Qubein

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“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

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“People gossip. People are insecure, so they talk about other people so that they won’t be talked about. They point out flaws in other people to make them feel good about themselves. I think at any age or any social class, that’s present.”

~ Blake Lively

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“Pick the day. Enjoy it – to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come… The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present – and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.”

~ Audrey Hepburn

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“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”

~ Buddha

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“Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.”

~ John F. Kennedy

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“Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine.”

~ Nikola Tesla

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“Modern science says: ‘The sun is the past, the earth is the present, the moon is the future.’ From an incandescent mass we have originated, and into a frozen mass we shall turn. Merciless is the law of nature, and rapidly and irresistibly we are drawn to our doom.”

~ Nikola Tesla

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“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”

~ Joan Rivers

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“It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.”

~ George Harrison

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“The past is a ghost, the future a dream and all we ever have is now.”~

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“I had my chance.’ He said it, retiring from a lifetime of wanting. ‘I had my chance, and sometimes in life, there are no second chances. You look at what you have, not what you miss, and you move forward.”

~ Jamie Ford, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

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“My ex-girlfriend was exquisite, while my current girlfriend is merely quisite. The ex always makes the past seem more excellent than the present.”

~ Jarod Kintz, Xazaqazax

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“How can the past and future be, when the past no longer is, and the future is not yet? As for the present, if it were always present and never moved on to become the past, it would not be time, but eternity.”

~ Augustine of Hippo, Confessions

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“The meaning of life is contained in every single expression of life. It is present in the infinity of forms and phenomena that exist in all of creation.”

~ Michael Jackson

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“When you find your definitions in God, you find the very purpose for which you were created. Put your hand into God’s hand, know His absolutes, demonstrate His love, present His truth, and the message of redemption and transformation will take hold.”

~ Ravi Zacharias

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“Make treating yourself a priority and always remember your life is happening now. Don’t put off all your dreams and pleasures to another day. In any balanced personal definition of success there has to be a powerful element of living life in the present.”

~ Mireille Guiliano

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“Confine yourself to the present.”

~ Marcus Aurelius

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“If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future.”

~ Winston Churchill

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“I count as blessings things I could have benefited from, even if I neglected to utilize them. A gift is still a gift, even if left wrapped and unopened.”

~ Jarod Kintz, Xazaqazax

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“The past attracts me, the present frightens me, because the future is death.”

~ Guy de Maupassant, The Complete Short Stories of Guy de Maupassant, Part One

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“I don’t want a future, I want a present. To me this appears of greater value. You have a future only when you have no present, and when you have a present, you forget to even think about the future.”

~ Robert Walser, The Tanners

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“But now, I know, how absence can be present, like a damaged nerve, like a dark bird.”

~ Audrey Niffenegger, The Time Traveler’s Wife

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“The Gospel offers forgiveness for the past, new life for the present, and hope for the future.”

~ John Sentamu

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“You have got to decide, look, this is who I am; this is my best way to present myself, and I’m going to ride that horse to the finish line. Not everybody will like it, but that’s OK.”

~ Phil McGraw

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“Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many – not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.”

~ Charles Dickens

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“If the rate of expansion one second after the Big Bang had been smaller by even one part in a hundred thousand million million, it would have recollapsed before it reached its present size. On the other hand, if it had been greater by a part in a million, the universe would have expanded too rapidly for stars and planets to form.”

~ Stephen Hawking

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