Yesterday is ashes, tomorrow wood.
Only today does the fire burn brightly.
common to overlook what is near by keeping the eye fixed
on something remote. In the same manner present
are neglected, and attainable good is
slighted by minds busied
in extensive ranges and intent
upon future advantages. -Samuel
We all get 24 hours a
day. It's the only fair thing;
it's the only thing that's
equal. It's up to us as to
what we do with those 24 hours. -Sam Huff
compare the troubles which we have to undergo in the
course of the year
to a great bundle of sticks, far too
large for us to lift. But God does not require us
carry the whole at once. He mercifully unties the
bundle, and gives us
first one stick, which we are to
carry today, and then another, which we are
tomorrow, and so on. This we might easily manage,
if we would only take
the burden appointed for us each
day; but we choose to increase our troubles
yesterday's stick over again today, and adding tomorrow's
to our load, before we are required to bear it.
present contains all that there is. It is holy ground;
for it is the past, and it is the future.
-Alfred North Whitehead
away all ambition beyond that of doing the day's work
The travelers on the road to success live in the
heedless of taking thought for the morrow.
neither in the past nor in the future,
but let each day's
work absorb your entire
energies. -William Osler
I expect to pass through the world
but once. Any good therefore that I can do,
kindness or abilities that I can show to any fellow
let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect
for I shall not pass this way
again. -William Penn
day is a little life; every waking and rising a little birth;
every fresh morning a little youth; every going to rest and
sleep a little death.
each morning with a smile brightening
my face; to greet the day with
reverence for the opportunities it contains; to approach my work
a clean mind; to hold ever before me, even
in the doing of little
things, the Ultimate
Purpose toward which I am working;
to meet men
and women with laughter on my
lips and love in my heart; to be gentle,
and courteous through all the hours; to approach
the night with
weariness that ever woos sleep
and the joy that comes from work well done--this is how I desire to waste wisely my
days. -Thomas Dekker (c.
I still find
each day too short for all the thoughts I want to think,
all the walks
I want to take, all the books I want to read,
and all the friends I
want to see. -John Burroughs
One of the most tragic things I know
about human nature is that all of us
tend to put off
living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden
over the horizon--instead of enjoying the roses
blooming outside our windows today.
The best preparation
for good work tomorrow
is to do good work
today. -Elbert Hubbard
do not worry about
will worry about itself. Each
day has enough
trouble of its own. -Luke
have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument,
song I came to sing remains unsung to this
Finish every day and
be done with it. You have done what you could.
blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them
as soon as you can.
Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well
and serenely and with too high a spirit
to be cumbered
with your old nonsense. This day is all that is good and
It is too dear, with its hopes and invitations, to
waste a moment on yesterdays. -Ralph Waldo Emerson
Anyone can carry
their burden, however hard, until nightfall.
Anyone can do their work, however hard, for one
day is a lifetime in miniature. To awaken each morning is
to be born again,
to fall asleep at night is to die to
the day. In between waking and sleeping are
hours of the day. What we cannot do for a lifetime
do for a daytime. "Anyone," wrote Robert Louis Stevenson, "can
live sweetly, patiently,
lovingly, purely, till the sun
goes down." Anyone can hold their temper
for a day and
guard the words they speak. Anyone can carry
heroically for one day. Anyone can strive
to be happy for
a day and to spread happiness around. Anyone can radiate
love for a day. Anyone can rise
above fear for a day and
meet each new situation with courage. Anyone can be kind
and thoughtful and considerate for a day. Anyone can
endeavor to learn something new each day
and mark some
growth. . . . The supreme art of living is to strive to live each day
well. . . . Live a day at a time and remember that
tomorrow is another today.
-Wilferd A. Peterson
I am in
the present. I cannot know what tomorrow will bring forth. I can know only what the truth is for me today.
what I am
called upon to serve.
who every morning plan the
transactions of the day and follow out that plan
a thread that will guide them through the labyrinth of the
most busy life.
The orderly arrangement of their time is
like a ray of light which darts itself
through all their occupations. But where no plan is laid, where the
disposal of time
is surrendered merely to the chance of
incidents, chaos will soon reign.
Do not look back on happiness, or
dream of it in the future.
You are only sure of today; do
not let yourself be cheated out of
it. -Henry Ward Beecher
Would'st shape a noble life? Then
No backward glances toward the past,
And though somewhat be lost and gone,
Yet do thou act as one new-born;
What each day needs, that shalt thou ask,
Each day will set its proper tasks.
Just for today I will
that I am
getting better and
becoming whole. I
realize that I
have more to
to a relationship
than I did yesterday.
Just for today my
beautiful, I am
all I need to get
through the day. -Katherine
we are left with then is the present, the only time where
We place the past and the future as well
into the hands of God. The biblical
statement that "time
shall be no more" means that we will one day live
in the present, without obsessing about past or
future. -Marianne Williamson
They who have so many
causes of joy, and so great, are very much in love
sorrow and irritability if they lose all these pleasures
to sit down upon their little handful of thorns.
Enjoy the blessings of this day,
if God sends them,
and bear patiently and sweetly the evils of it,
day only is ours. We are dead to yesterday, and we
are not yet born
to tomorrow. But if we look abroad
and bring into one day's thoughts
the evil of many things
certain and uncertain, what will be and
what will never
be, our load will be as intolerable as it is unreasonable.
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