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Nor is it right to say there are three times: past, present and future. Perhaps it would be more correct to say: there are three times: a present of things past, a present of things present, a present of things future.”
Augustine of Hippo - Confessions
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Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils; but present evils triumph over it.”
François de La Rochefoucauld - Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims
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When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.”
Alexis de Tocqueville
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The future influences the present just as much as the past.”
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche
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Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present, which seldom happens to us.”
Jean de La Bruyere
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The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.”
Gautama Buddha
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The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect was already in the cause.”
Henri Bergson - Creative Evolution
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The time present of things past is memory; the time present of things present is direct experience; the time present of things future is expectation.”
Augustine of Hippo - Confessions
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Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.”
Oscar Wilde
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What is history? An echo of the past in the future a reflex from the future on the past.”
Victor Hugo
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Everything that was is no longer; everything that will be is not yet. Look no further for the secret of our ills.”
Alfred de Musset
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Ah, who brings the happy moments,
Glorious days of sweet first love;
Who can bring back a single hour
Of that blessed time again.”

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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If, then, my awareness of the past and future makes me less aware of the present, I must begin to wonder whether I am actually living in the real world.”
Alan Watts
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The mysterious way leads inwards. Eternity with its worlds — the past and future — is in ourselves or nowhere.”
Novalis - Pollen
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It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it elude you and remain forever a harmonious conception of memory.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Study the past, if you would divine the future.”
Confucius
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We see past time in a telescope and present time in a microscope. Hence the apparent enormities of the present.”
Victor Hugo
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I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.”
Alan Watts
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We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.”
George Bernard Shaw
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We live trapped, between the churned-up and examined past and a future that waits for our work.”
Anna Freud
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Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too.”
Marcus Aurelius
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Philosophy finds it an easy matter to vanquish past and future evils, but the present are commonly too hard for it.”
François de La Rochefoucauld
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A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.”
Honore de Balzac
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It is in the very nature of things human that every act that has once made its appearance and has been recorded in the history of mankind stays with mankind as a potentiality long after its actuality has become a thing of the past.”
Hannah Arendt
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The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”
Albert Einstein
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