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Quotes for
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The Present


We do not remember days,
we remember moments.

Cesare Pavese


There is only the moment.  The now.  Only what you are experiencing at this second is real.  This does not mean you live for the moment.  It means you live in the moment.         -Leo Buscaglia


On Arturo Toscanini's eightieth birthday, someone asked his son, Walter, what his father ranked as his most important achievement.  The son replied, "For him there can be no such thing.  Whatever he happens to be doing at the moment is the biggest thing in his life-- whether it is conducting a symphony or peeling an orange."       -Ardis Whitman

Life is not lost by dying; life is lost minute by minute, day by day, in all the thousand small, uncaring ways.        -Stephen Saint Vincent Benet

The only time that any of us have to grow or change or feel or learn anything is in the present moment.  But we're continually missing our present moments, almost willfully, by not paying attention.        -Jon Kabat-Zinn

Each moment is magical, precious and complete and will never exist again.  We forget that now is the moment we are in, that the next one isn't guaranteed.  And if we are blessed with another moment, any joy, creativity or wisdom it brings will ensue from the way we live in the present one.         -Susan L. Taylor
It is privilege of living to be . . . acutely, agonizingly conscious of the moment that is always present and always passing.       -Marya Mannes

A single gentle rain makes the grass many shades greener.  So our prospects brighten on the influx of greater thoughts.  We should be blessed if we lived in the present always, and took advantage of every accident that befell us, like the grass which confesses the influence of the slightest dew that falls on it; and did not spend our time in atoning for the neglect of past opportunities, which we call doing our duty.  We loiter in winter while it is already spring.        -Henry David Thoreau
If we really want to live, we'd better start at once to try; If we don't, it doesn't matter, we'd better start to die.
-Wystan Hugh Auden
To finish the moment, to find the journey's end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.       -Ralph Waldo Emerson
What we are talking about is learning to live in the present moment, in the now.  When you aren't distracted by your own negative thinking, when you don't allow yourself to get lost in moments that are gone or yet to come, you are left with this moment.  This moment--now--truly is the only moment you have.  It is beautiful and special.  Life is simply a series of such moments to be experienced one right after another.  If you attend to the moment you are in and stay connected to your soul and remain happy, you will find that your heart is filled with positive feelings.
-Sydney Banks
Life is a succession of moments.  To live each one is to succeed.       -Corita Kent
The past is gone, and I don't know what's coming in the future.  It's obvious that if I want my life to be whole, to resonate with feeling and integrity and value and health, there's only one way I can influence the future:  by owning the present.  If I can relate to this moment with integrity, and then this moment with integrity, and then this moment with integrity, wakefully, then the sum of that is going to be very different over time, over mind moments that stretch out into what we call a life, than a life that is lived mostly on automatic pilot, where we are reacting and being mechanical and are therefore somewhat numb.       -Jon Kabat-Zinn


Every second is of infinite value.       -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
But what minutes!  Count them by sensation, and not by calendars, and each moment is a day.      -Benjamin Disraeli

No longer forward nor behind
I look in hope or fear;
But, grateful, take the good I find,
The best of now and here.

John Greenleaf Whittier

I have the happiness of the passing moment, and what more can mortal ask?         -George R. Gissing
Our latest moment is always our supreme moment.       -Samuel Butler

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People who are “being” are fully present.  They are totally engaged in the moment.  This engagement includes an easy appreciation and sense of connection with whomever or whatever they are relating to at the time.  These people are aware of a job well done or a difficulty surmounted and will respect and often acknowledge the person who has accomplished it.  “Being” is a state of heart and mind that is receptive and able to listen carefully.
-Sallirae Henderson
Live in the present.  Do the things that need to be done.  Do all the good you can each day.  The future will unfold.       -Peace Pilgrim
We are within a mystery, a dream of the moment, and the epitome of life is to live ever present within it.  Our past illusions and fantasies are not relative to the present moment.  Here and now is where all the mystery lies hidden.       -unattributed

Don't think about the future.  Just be here now.  Don't think about the past.  Just be here now.       -Ram Dass
Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that never was before and never will be again.       -Pau Casals
I was regretting the past and fearing the future.  Suddenly God was speaking.  "My name is 'I Am.'"  I waited.  God continued.

"When you live in the past, with its mistakes and regrets, it is hard.  I am not there.  My name is not 'I was.'

"When you live in the future, with its problems and fears, it is hard.  I am not there.  My name is not 'I will be.'

"When you live in this moment, it is not hard.  I am here.  My name is 'I Am.'"

Helen Mellicost
I've stopped thinking all the time of what happened yesterday.  And stopped asking myself what's going to happen tomorrow.  What's happening today, this minute, that's what I care about.  I say:  What are you doing at this moment, Zorba? . . . I'm kissing a woman.  Well, kiss her well, Zorba!  And forget all the rest while you're doing it; there's nothing else on earth, only you and her!       -Nikos Kazantzakis
How wonderful are islands!  Islands in space, like this one I have come to, ringed about by miles of water, linked by no bridges, no cables, no telephones.  An island from the world and the world's life.  Islands in time, like this short vacation of mine.  The past and the future are cut off; only the present remains.  Existence in the present gives island living an extreme vividness and purity.  One lives like a child or a saint in the immediacy of here and now.  Every day, every act, is an island, washed by time and space, and has an island's completion.  People, too, become like islands in such an atmosphere, self-contained, whole and serene; respecting other people's solitude, not intruding on their shores, standing back in reverence before the miracle of another individual.       -Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Look at life through the windshield, not the rearview mirror.

My sister Barbara tried to teach me this lesson more than twenty years ago.  At the time, she was planning her wedding under what I can only describe as bittersweet circumstances.  On the one hand, my sister was about to realize a life-long dream:  at age thirty-eight, she was about to marry the man she had been in love with since they were teenagers.  On the other, she had just been diagnosed with colon cancer. . . .

"What good would it do to be angry, Patsy?" she said gently.  "I can't change the past and I can't control the future.  I can, however, make the most of the present.  Shot and I are together now.  At this moment.  And, if you think about it, this moment is all any of us really has."

The ability to live fully in the moment--in the time and place we are right now--is one of the greatest secrets I know of living joyfully.  Because once you grasp it, freedom is very close.  You stop worrying about the past and stressing out about the future.  Enjoying life--not agonizing about what happened yesterday or what might happen tomorrow--becomes your priority.  Your days become a gift, not a grind.        -Patti LaBelle

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