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PRESENT
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What avails it that indulgent Heaven
  From mortal eyes has wrapt the woes to come,
    If we, ingenious to torment ourselves,
      Grow pale at hideous fictions of our own?
        Enjoy the present; nor which needless cares
          Of what may spring from blind misfortune's womb,
            Appal the surest hour that life bestows.
              Serence, and master of yourself, prepare
                For what may come; and leave the rest to Heaven.
      - John Armstrong

'Tis but a short journey across the isthmus of Now.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

Shakespeare says, we are creatures that look before and after; the more surprising that we do not look around a little, and see what is passing under our very eyes.
      - Thomas Carlyle

It is children only who enjoy the present; their elders either live on the memory of the past or the hope of the future.
      - Sebastien-Roch-Nicolas de Chamfort

Something beyond! The immortal morning stands
  Above the night, clear shines her prescient brow;
    The pendulous star in her transfigured hands
      Lights up the Now.
      - Mary Clemmer (Mary Clemmer Ames)

Let us attend to the present, and as to the future we shall know how to manage when the occasion arrives.
      - Pierre Corneille

We may make our future by the best use of the present. There is no moment like the present.
      - Maria Edgeworth

Things are more like they are now than they ever were before.
      - Dwight David Eisenhower

One of the illusions is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. No man has learned anything rightly, until he knows that every day is Doomsday.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

This time is a very good one if we but know what to do with it.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

This time, like all other times, is a very good one, if we but know what to do with it.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

We can see well into the past; we can guess shrewdly in to the future; but that which is rolled up and muffled in impenetrable folds is today.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Try to be happy in this present moment, and put not off being so to a time to come,--as though that time should be of another make from this, which has already come and is ours.
      - Thomas Fuller (1)

Devote each day to the object then in time, and every evening will find something done.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The present moment is a powerful deity.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Duty and to-day are ours; results and futurity belong to God.
      - Horace Greeley

Abridge your hopes in proportion to the shortness of the span of human life; for while we converse, the hours, as if envious of our pleasure, fly away: enjoy, therefore, the present time, and trust not too much to what to-morrow may produce.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Busy not yourself in looking forward to the events of to-morrow; but whatever may be those of the days Providence may yet assign you neglect not to turn them to advantage.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Shun to seek what is hid in the womb of the morrow, and set down as gain in life's ledger whatever time fate shall have granted thee.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus)

Take all reasonable advantage of that which the present may offer you. It is the only time which is ours. Yesterday is buried forever, and to-morrow we may never see.
      - Victor Hugo

Of the present state, whatever it be, we feel and are forced to confess the misery; yet when the same state is again at a distance, imagination paints it as desirable.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

The present is never a happy state to any human being.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Let us enjoy the fugitive hour. Man has no harbor, time has no shore; it rushes on, and carries us with it.
      - Alphonse de Lamartine

In the parliament of the present every man represents a constituency of the past.
      - James Russell Lowell

Every day is a gift I receive from Heaven; let us enjoy to-day that which it bestows on me. It belongs not more to the young than to me, and to-morrow belongs to no one.
      - F. de Mancroix


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