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For my part, I desire to see the time when education — and by its means, morality, sobriety, enterprise and industry — shall become much more general than at present, and should be gratified to have it in my power to contribute something to the advancement of any measure which might have a tendency to accelerate the happy period.

Abraham Lincoln

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There exists only the present instant... a Now which always and without end is itself new. There is no yesterday nor any tomorrow, but only Now, as it was a thousand years ago and as it will be a thousand years hence.

Meister Eckhart

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Whatever has happened to you in your past has no power over this present moment, because life is now.

Oprah Winfrey

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Posterity! You will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it.

John Adams

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Reflect upon your present blessings of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.

Charles Dickens

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As an architect, you design for the present, with an awareness of the past, for a future which is essentially unknown.

Norman Foster

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To sit for one's portrait is like being present at one's own creation.

Alexander Smith

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A great source of calamity lies in regret and anticipation; therefore a person is wise who thinks of the present alone, regardless of the past or future.

Oliver Goldsmith

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People gossip. People are insecure, so they talk about other people so that they won't be talked about. They point out flaws in other people to make them feel good about themselves. I think at any age or any social class, that's present.

Blake Lively

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The universe is built on a plan the profound symmetry of which is somehow present in the inner structure of our intellect.

Paul Valery

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Present – quotes and aphorisms

I have survivor skills. Some of that is superficial — what I present to people outwardly — but what makes people resilient is the ability to find humour and irony in situations that would otherwise overpower you.

Amy Tan

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The human world is a long way from meeting the needs of the present, and it is borrowing massively from the future — not only by piling up money debt, but also by degrading the resources from which all real wealth ultimately comes.

Donella Meadows

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If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future.

Winston Churchill

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To live in the light of a new day and an unimaginable and unpredictable future, you must become fully present to a deeper truth — not a truth from your head, but a truth from your heart; not a truth from your ego, but a truth from the highest source.

Debbie Ford

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Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress.

Charles Kettering

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Life is divided into three terms — that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present, to live better in the future.

William Wordsworth

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But this Veterans Day, I believe we should do more than sing the praises of the bravery and patriotism that our veterans have embodied in the past. We should take this opportunity to re-evaluate how we are treating our veterans in the present.

Nick Lampson

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Be present and in the moment.

Alyssa Milano

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Foreign policy exactly suits Obama's strong points as a leader, which turn out not to be giving the masses a clear sense of direction and hope, but instead exercising good judgment on a case-by-case basis while thinking many steps ahead of the present moment.

George Packer

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It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream.

Edgar Allan Poe

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