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Quotes about the present

Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.
Seneca / 

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 / 

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.

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Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.
Marcus Aurelius - Meditations / 

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 / 

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

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 / 

The present is not a potential past; it is the moment of choice and action.
Simone de Beauvoir / 

The present is not a potential past; it is the moment of choice and action.

Whoever you are, here is your master:
He is, was or will be.

Voltaire - Poésies mêlées / 

Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present, which seldom happens to us.
Jean de La Bruyere - Les Caractères / 

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 / 

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

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 / 

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.
Albert Camus / 

Your life is short. You must turn to profit the present by the aid of reason and justice.
Marcus Aurelius - Meditations / 

The present is big with the future; the future could be read in the past; the distant is expressed in the near.
Gottfried Leibniz - Principes de la nature et de la grâce / 

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 / 

Death is not an event in life: we do not live to experience death. If we take eternity to mean not infinite temporal duration but timelessness, then eternal life belongs to those who live in the present.
Ludwig Wittgenstein - Tractatus Logico-philosophicus / 

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

The present alone is true and real: it is time as it is really fulfilled and our existence lies exclusively in it.
Arthur Schopenhauer / 

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 / 

I am simply what I am, or I begin to be that. I live in the present. I only remember the past, and anticipate the future. I love to live.
Henry David Thoreau / 

There is no justification for present existence other than its expansion into an indefinitely open future.
Simone de Beauvoir - The Second Sex / 

I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don't have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.
Virginia Woolf

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

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

We see past time in a telescope and present time in a microscope. Hence the apparent enormities of the present.
Victor Hugo

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.
Mahatma Gandhi

The long time to come when I shall not exist has more effect on me than this short present time, which nevertheless seems endless.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

It is said that the present is pregnant with the future.

Politics is for the present, but an equation is for eternity.
Albert Einstein

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