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Yesterday is ashes, tomorrow wood.
Only today does the fire burn brightly.

Eskimo proverb


It is common to overlook what is near by keeping the eye fixed on something remote.  In the same manner present opportunities are neglected, and attainable good is slighted by minds busied in extensive ranges and intent upon future advantages.       -Samuel Johnson

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
I 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 to 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 to carry 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 by carrying yesterday's stick over again today, and adding tomorrow's burden to our load, before we are required to bear it.       -John Newton
The present contains all that there is. It is holy ground; for it is the past, and it is the future.       -Alfred North Whitehead
Throw away all ambition beyond that of doing the day's work well.  The travelers on the road to success live in the present, heedless of taking thought for the morrow.  Live neither in the past nor in the future, but let each day's work absorb your entire energies.        -William Osler

Nothing is worth more than this day.       -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
I expect to pass through the world but once. Any good therefore that I can do, or any kindness or abilities that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now.  Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
-William Penn
Each 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.       -Arthur Schopenhauer
To awaken each morning with a smile brightening my face; to greet the day with reverence for the opportunities it contains; to approach my work with 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, kind, 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. 1570-c. 1641)
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 that are blooming outside our windows today.       -Dale Carnegie
The best preparation for good work tomorrow is to do good work today.        -Elbert Hubbard
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own.       -Luke 10:33,34

I have spent my days stringing and unstringing my instrument, while the song I came to sing remains unsung to this day.       -Rabindranath Tagore
Finish every day and be done with it.  You have done what you could.  Some 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 fair.  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.       -Robert Louis Stevenson
Each 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 the golden hours of the day.  What we cannot do for a lifetime we can 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 their burden 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


Today is the only time we can possibly live.       -Dale Carnegie
I am in the present.  I cannot know what tomorrow will bring forth.  I can know only what the truth is for me today.  That is what I am called upon to serve.        -Igor Stravinsky
Those who every morning plan the transactions of the day and follow out that plan carry 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.       -Victor Hugo
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 cast
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.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Just for today I will remember that I am getting better and becoming whole.  I will realize that I have more to bring to a relationship than I did yesterday.   Just for today my life is beautiful, I am beautiful, and I have all I need to get through the day.       -Katherine Gardner
What we are left with then is the present, the only time where miracles happen.  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 fully 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 with sorrow and irritability if they lose all these pleasures and choose 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, for this 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.
-Jeremy Taylor

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