Famous Quotes on Living in the Present

Famous Quotes on Living in the PresentLiving in the present has been sought after for centuries by far-sighted leaders from all walks of life.  They have wisely learned that it is always the present moment.  Indeed, nothing real happens except in the present moment.

Therefore, all happiness is in the present and unhappiness comes from thoughts about past hurts and  future worries.  Being present enables you to live and love to your fullest potential. Your health, your love life, your confidence and your inner peace all rise.

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Anthony de Mello (1931-1987), Jesuit priest, author and speaker.  Circa 1984
“The present moment is never intolerable. What’s intolerable is what’s going to happen in the next four hours. To have your body here at 8 pm and your mind at 10:30 pm, that’s what causes us suffering.”

Martin Luther King (1929-1968), speaking about the Vietnam War in 1967
“We are now faced with the fact, my friends, that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history, there is such a thing as being too late.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) from the ‘Self Reliance’ essay, 1841
“But man postpones or remembers; he does not live in the present, but with reverted eye laments the past, or, heedless of the riches that surround him, stands on tiptoe to foresee the future. He cannot be happy and strong until he too lives with nature in the present, above time.”

Jean de La Bruyère (1645-1696)  French essayist and moralist
“Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present, which seldom happens to us.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) American poet and educator
“In the world’s broad field of battle,  In the bivouac of life,
Be not like dumb, driven cattle!  Be a hero in the strife!
Trust no Future, howe’er pleasant!  Let the dead Past bury its dead!
Act, act in the living Present! Heart within, and God o’erhead!”

Henry Ford (1863-1947) Founder of Ford Motor Company, quoted in 1916
“History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that’s worth a tinker’s damn is the history we make today.”

Simone Weil (1909-1943) French philosopher, teacher, social activist
“Today it is not nearly enough to be a saint, but we must have the saintliness demanded by the present moment, a new saintliness, itself also without precedent.” 

Wayne Dyer (1940-2015) self-help author, speaker
“The more I give myself permission to live in the moment and enjoy it without feeling guilty . . . the better I feel about the quality of my work.”

François Fenelon (1652-1715) French archbishop, theologian, writer
“You really don’t even own the present moment, for even this belongs to God.”
“Above all, live in the present moment and God will give you all the grace you need.”

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882) American poet
“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.”

Mother Teresa (1910-1997); Nun, missionary
“I believe in person to person. Every person is Christ to me, and since there is only one Jesus, that person is the one person in the world at that moment.”

Albert Einstein (1879-1955)  Physicist
“I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.”
“People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”

Jesus Christ
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough troubles of its own.” Matthew 6:24, The Bible

Abraham Maslow (1908-1970)  Psychologist, Maslow’s hierarchy of needs
“The ability to be in the present moment is a major component of mental wellness.”

Brother Lawrence ( circa 1640- 1691)  Monk, author of The Practice of the Presence of God
“If I were to be responsible for guiding souls, I would urge everyone to be aware of God’s constant presence, if for no other reason than His presence is a delight to our souls and spirit.”

John Kuypers (1957- ) Leadership coach
“The core principle for being at peace in the present moment is to act or accept, but never stay stuck.”

Mark Van Doren (1894-1972) American poet, author, professor
“There is one thing we can do, and the happiest people are those who can do it to the limit of their ability. We can be completely present. We can be all here. We can give all our attention to the opportunity before us.”

Alan Watts (1915-1973) British-American philosopher/theologian
“I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.”

Dr. Viktor Frankl (1905-1997) psychiatrist, author, Man’s Search For Meaning
“We had to learn…that it did not really matter what we expected from life but rather what life expected from us.” Man’s Search For Meaning, 1946

Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965) British Prime Minister
“It is a mistake to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time.”

Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) spiritual leader, India
“When I despair, I remember that all through history, the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they seem invincible but in the end they always fall. Think of it. Always.”

Spencer Johnson (1940- ) Author, The Present, The One Minute Manager, Who Moved My Cheese?
“Look at what happened in the Past. Learn something valuable from it. Do things differently in the present.” pg 81, The Present

Eckhart Tolle (1948- )  author, The Power of Now, A New Earth
“…the foundation for greatness is honoring the small things of the present moment instead of pursuing the idea of greatness.” A New Earth
“By watching the mechanics of the mind, you step out of its resistance patterns, and you can then allow the present moment to be.” The Power of Now

Blaise Pascal (1623-1662); French mathematician & philosopher
“The present is never our goal: the past and present are our means: the future alone is our goal. Thus, we never live but we hope to live; and always hoping to be happy, it is inevitable that we will never be so.

Ram Dass (1931- ) American spiritual teacher
“The heart surrenders everything to the moment. The mind judges and holds back.”

Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811-1896) Author, Uncle Tom’s Cabin
“The past, the present and the future are really one: they are today.”

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