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Where there is no passage of time there is also no moment of time, in the full and most essential meaning of the word. If taken outside its relationship to past and future, the present loses its integrity, breaks down into isolated phenomena and objects, making of them a mere abstract conglomeration.
— Mikhail Bakhtin —

You have to open up to the world and learn optimism ... Contentment with the past, happiness with the present, and hope for the future. Learned optimisim.

— Jennifer Crusie

With best thoughts, words and actions we� align our past, present and future.

— John R. Dallas Jr.

Here's my image of Ash Wednesday: If our lives were a long piece of  fabric with our baptism on one end and our funeral on another, and we don't know the distance between the two, then Ash Wednesday is a time when that fabric is pinched in the middle and the ends are held up so that our baptism in the past and our funeral in the future meet. The water and words from our baptism plus the earth and words from our funerals have come from the past and future to meet us in the present. And in that meeting we are reminded of the promises of  God: That we are God's, that there is no sin, no darkness, and yes, no grave that God will not come to find us in and love us back to life.

— Nadia Bolz-Weber

Don't let your imagination be crushed by life as a whole. Don't try to picture everything bad that could possibly happen. Stick with the situation at hand, and ask, "Why is this so unbearable? Why can't I endure it?" You'll be embarrassed to answer. Then remind yourself that past and future have no power over you. Only the present-and even that can be minimized. Just mark off its limits.

— Marcus Aurelius

Human's can't live in the present as animals do; they just live in the present. But human's are always thinking about the future or the past.

— Townes Van Zandt

Stories that rise from deep suffering can provide the most potent remedies for past, present, and even future ills.

— Clarissa Pinkola Estés

Touching the present moment, we realize that the present is made of the past and is creating the future.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

Where there is no passage of time there is also no moment of time, in the full and most essential meaning of the word. If taken outside its relationship to past and future, the present loses its integrity, breaks down into isolated phenomena and objects, making of them a mere abstract conglomeration.

— Mikhail Bakhtin

April is the two-week-old kitten, the month-old lamb, the six-month-old heifer, the two-year-old girl. Too young to know it has either past or future, it wears the ribbon of the fleeting present as part of itself ...

— Gladys Hasty Carroll

There was nothing for it but to pace through just behind or ahead of the spooling present that was never there, caught in the nonexistent interval between the nonexistent past and the nonexistent future.

— Kim Stanley Robinson

We who hold his (Wolfe Tone) principles believe that any movement which would successfully grapple with the problem of national freedom must draw its inspiration not from the mouldering records of the past, but from the glowing hopes of the living present, the vast possibilities of the mighty future.

— James Connolly

Evasion of the unadorned immediacy of life is as deep-seated as it is relentless. Even with the ardent desire to be aware and alert in the present moment, the mind flings us into tawdry and tiresome elaborations of past and future. This craving to be otherwise, to be elsewhere, permeates the body, feeling, perceptions, will - consciousness itself. It is like the background radiation from the big bang of birth, the aftershock of having erupted into existence.

— Stephen Batchelor

The meeting of two eternities, the past and future ... is precisely the present moment.

— Henry David Thoreau

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