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Present

  • ... the present was an egg laid by the past that had the future inside its shell.

  • The present is the wave that explodes over my head, flinging the air with particles at the height of its breathless unroll; it is the live water and light that bears from undisclosed sources the freshest news, renewed and renewing, world without end.

  • The past was nothing to her; offered no lesson which she was willing to heed. The future was a mystery which she never attempted to penetrate. The present alone was significant ...

  • The delusions of the past seem fond and foolish. The delusions of the present seem subtle and sane.

    • Agnes Repplier,
    • "The Public Looks at Pills," Times and Tendencies ()
  • Love only what you do, / and not what you have done.

  • I only need to see my path / For this one day.

    • Mary Butts,
    • "To-Day," in Mary Allette Ayer, Heart Melodies ()
  • Yet there are some resting-places, / Life's untroubled interludes; / Times when neither past nor future / On the soul's deep calm intrudes.

    • Jean Ingelow,
    • "Family Pictures," Poems by Jean Ingelow ()
  • Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, savor you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it will not always be so. One day I shall dig my nails into the earth, or bury my face in the pillow, or stretch myself taut, or raise my hands to the sky, and want more than all the world your return.

  • ... the present is the merest flicker between the long long time past and the things that haven't yet happened but most assuredly will.

  • It is easy to be mindless in America, because dreaming of and living for a better tomorrow is the American way. ... The problem is, in the second half of the twentieth century, we have gotten so good at living for tomorrow that most of us spend very little time in the present.

  • My last defense / Is the present tense.

  • No time like the present.

  • The present is the point of power ...

  • Shallow men speak of the past, wise men of the present, and fools of the future.

  • No matter where life takes you ... the place where you stand at any moment is holy ground.

  • Maybe I won't last as long as other singers, but I think you can destroy your now by worrying about tomorrow.