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TODAY
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[ Also see Day Past Present Time Tomorrow Yesterday ]

Again, he limiteth in a certain day, saying in David, To day, after so long a time; as it is said, To day if ye will hear his voice harden not your hearts.
      - Bible, Hebrews (ch. IV, v. 7)

A liberal worlding, gay philosopher
  Art thou that lift'st thy young and yellow head
    O'er the dim burial of the scarce-cold dead,
      Building above thy brother's sepulchre
        A home of love, that sense might almost err,
          Dreaming thine end therein to woo and wed
            The flower-haired earth forever. Yet the red
              In yonder West may well such dreams deter!
                Yes, thou all-hail'd to-day, whose outstretched hand
                  Scatters loose riches on a bankrupt land
                    Even though thou art but a leaf from off the tree
                      Of yellowing time;--a grain of glistening sand,
                        Dashed from the waters of that unsailed sea
                          Where thou to-night shall sink, and I as soon may be.
      - Laman Blanchard

Out of Eternity
  The new Day is born;
    Into Eternity
      At night with return.
      - Thomas Carlyle, To-day

To-morrow let my sun his beams display,
  Or in clouds hide them: I have lived to-day.
      - Abraham Cowley, A Vote (last lines)

To-day is ours; what do we fear?
  To-day is ours; we have it here.
    Let's treat it kindly, that it may
      Wish, at least, with us to stay.
        Let's banish business, banish sorrow;
          To the gods belong to-morrow.
      - Abraham Cowley, Anacreontique--The Epicure
         (l. 7)

Days that need borrow
  No part of their good morrow,
    From a fore-spent night of sorrow.
      - Richard Crashaw,
        Wishes to his (Supposed) Mistress
         (st. 27)

Thou art no dreamer, O thou stern To-day!
  The dead past had its dreams; the real is thine.
      - Julia Caroline Ripley Dorr

What dost thou bring to me, O fair To-day,
  That comest o'er the mountains with swift feet?
      - Julia Caroline Ripley Dorr, To-Day

To-day alone, I count my own,--
  For God alone doth know,
    Where I shall be, when o'er the lea,
      The morrow's sun doth glow.
      - Charles Nelson Douglas

To-morrow do thy worst, for I have lived to-day.
      - John Dryden

Happy the man, and happy he alone,
  He, who can call to-day his own:
    He who, secure within, can say,
      Tomorrow do thy worst, for I have liv'd today.
      - John Dryden, Imitation of Horace
         (bk. III, ode XXIX, l. 65)

Every hour comes with some little fagot of God's will fastened upon its back.
      - Rev. Frederick William Faber

Why shouldst thou fill to-day with sorrow about to-morrow, my heart?
      - Paul Flemming (fleming)

One to-day is worth two to-morrows.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Let the day's work be done as its hours are passing. Let not the opportunity that is so fleeting, yet so full, pass neglected away.
      - Nathaniel Langdon Frothingham, D.D.

Nothing is worth more than this day.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The present is a powerful deity.
  [Ger., Die Gegenwart ist eine machtige Gottin.]
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Torquato Tasso
         (IV, 4, 67)

The acts of to-day become the precedents of to-morrow.
      - Farrer Herschell, 1st Baron Herschell,
        in a speech in support of Lord Harrington's resolution

What yesterday was fact do-day is doctrine.
      - Junius (pseudonym, possibly of Sir Philip Francis),
        Letters (dedication)

Oh, how short are the days! How soon the night overtakes us!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Nothing that is can pause or stay;
  The moon will wax, the moon will wane,
    The mist and cloud will turn to rain,
      The rain to mist and cloud again,
        To-morrow be to-day.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Keramos
         (l. 34)

It is when to-morrow's burden is added to the burden of to-day that the weight is more than a man can bear.
      - George MacDonald

To-morrow life is too late: live to-day.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

To-day what is there in the air
  That makes December seem sweet May?
    There are no swallows anywhere,
      Nor crocuses to crown your hair
        And hail you down my garden way.
          Last night the full moon's frozen stare
            Struck me, perhaps; or did you say
              Really--you'd come, sweet Friend and fair!
      - Theophile Julius Henry Marzials, Rondel

Oh, the nursery is lonely and the garden's full of rain,
  And there's nobody at all who wants to play,
    But I think if I should only run with all my might and main,
      I could leave this dreary country of To-day.
      - Caroline McCormick, Road to Yesterday


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