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George CarlinThere's no present. There's only the immediate future and the recent past.

—  George Carlin, 1936-2008, American comedian

Mignon McLaughlinNeurotics think of the past with resentment, and the future with dread; the present just doesn't exist.

—  Mignon McLaughlin, 1913-1983, American magazine editor

Donald TrumpI try to learn from the past, but I plan for the future by focusing exclusively on the present. That's where the fun is.

—  Donald Trump, 1946-, President of the USA

Eleanor RooseveltYesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, and today is a gift... that's why they call it the present.

—  Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, American politician & wife of the 32nd USA president

Eleanor RooseveltToday is the oldest you've ever been, and the youngest you'll ever be again.

—  Eleanor Roosevelt, 1884-1962, American politician & wife of the 32nd USA president

Arthur SchopenhauerThe animal lacks both anxiety and hope because its consciousness is restricted to what is clearly evident and thus to the present moment: the animal is the present incarnate.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Lao-TzuIf you are depressed you are living in the past.
If you are anxious you are living in the future.
If you are at peace you are living in the present.

—  Lao-Tzu, 6th cent. BC, Chinese philosopher

NapoleonSimpletons talk of the past, wise men of the present, and fools of the future.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Benjamin FranklinOne today is worth two tomorrows.

—  Benjamin Franklin, 1706-1790, American politician & writer

Wolfgang GoetheNothing is worth more than this day.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

H.L. MenckenWe are here and it is now. Further than that all human knowledge is moonshine.

—  H.L. Mencken, 1880-1956, American columnist & cultural critic

Ambrose BiercePresent, n. That part of eternity dividing the domain of disappointment from the realm of hope.

—  Ambrose Bierce, 1842–1914, American writer

Jean-Paul SartreThere may be more beautiful times, but this one is ours.

—  Jean-Paul Sartre, 1905-1980, French philosopher

Kurt VonnegutHere we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why.

—  Kurt Vonnegut, 1922-2007, American writer

Somerset MaughamI don't think of the past. The only thing that matters is the everlasting present.

—  Somerset Maugham, 1874-1965, British writer

Will DurantForget mistakes. Forget failure. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it. Today is your lucky day.

—  Will Durant, 1885-1981, American historian & philosopher

André GideIt is now, and in this world, that we must live.

—  André Gide, 1869-1951, French writer, Nobel 1947

Jim RohnHappiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.

—  Jim Rohn, 1930-2009, American self-help speker

William JamesBegin to be now what you will be hereafter.

—  William James, 1842-1910, American philosopher

Marcel ProustDo not wait for life. Do not long for it. Be aware, always and at every moment, that the miracle is in the here and now.

—  Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French writer

Marcel ProustWe are at times too ready to believe that the present is the only possible state of things.

—  Marcel Proust, 1871-1922, French writer

Quotes in Verse

HoraceEnjoy the present smiling hour,
And put it out of Fortune's power.

—  Horace, 65-8 BC, Roman poet

Ancient Greek

AristotleThe now is a sort of a middle thing.

Το νυν εστι μεσότης τις.

—  Aristotle, 384-322 BC, Ancient Greek philosopher


Movie Quotes

Alphaville (1965)The present is terrifying because it is irreversible and because it is of iron.

—  from the film Alphaville (1965)


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