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In order to be utterly happy the only thing necessary is to refrain from comparing this moment with other moments in the past, which I often did not fully enjoy because I was comparing them with other moments of the future.

In the present, every day is a miracle.

It is difficult to live in the present, ridiculous to live in the future and impossible to live in the past.

It is not the weight of the future or the past that is pressing upon you, but ever that of the present alone. Even this burden, too, can be lessened if you confine it strictly to its own limits.

It is now, and in this world, that we must live.

It seems to be the fate of man to seek all his consolations in futurity.

It's not that "today is the first day of the rest of my life," but that now is all there is of my life.

Let us live today.

Light tomorrow with today!

Live for today. Multitudes of people have failed to live for today. ... What they have had within their grasp today they have missed entirely, because only the future has intrigued them.

Live wastes itself while we are preparing to live.

Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart.

Men spend their lives in anticipation, in determining to be vastly happy at some period when they have time. But the present time has one advantage over every other-it is our own.... We may lay in a stock of pleasures, as we would lay in a stock of wine; but if we defer the tasting of them too long, we shall find that both are soured by age.

My head is buried in the sands of tomorrow, while my tail feathers are singed by the hot sun of today.

Never put off until tomorrow what you can do today, because if you enjoy it today, you can do it again, tomorrow.

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

No mind is much employed upon the present; recollection and anticipation fill up almost all our moments.

Now is all we have. Everything that has ever happened to you, and anything that is ever going to happen to you, is just a thought.

Now is the only time we own; give, love, toil with a will. And place no faith in tomorrow, for the clock may then be still.

Now or never was the time.


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