We tend to live a lot in the future, as well as in the past, but truly all we have is the present. Not that we can ever totally stop thinking about either of those, but it helps to practice mindfulness when possible. Here are some quotes that will inspire you to be a little more present today.

1. Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present. – Jim Rohn

2. With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

3. We seem to be going through a period of nostalgia, and everyone seems to think yesterday was better than today. I don’t think it was, and I would advise you not to wait ten years before admitting today was great. If you’re hung up on nostalgia, pretend today is yesterday and just go out and have one hell of a time. – Art Buchwald

4. People are always asking about the good old days. I say, why don’t you say the good now days? – Robert M. Young

5. When one door closes another door opens, but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us. – Alexander Graham Bell

6. Nothing ever gets anywhere. The earth keeps turning round and gets nowhere. The moment is the only thing that counts. – Jean Cocteau

7. Forever is composed of nows. – Emily Dickinson

8. History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside. – John F. Kennedy

9. If you worry about what might be, and wonder what might have been, you will ignore what is. – Author Unknown 

10. Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present. – Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

11. Life’s a journey, not a destination. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

12. The primary cause of unhappiness is never the situation but thought about it. Be aware of the thoughts you are thinking. Separate them from the situation, which is always neutral. It is as it is. – Eckhart Tolle

13. 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. – Henry Ford

14. 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

15. It is a mistake to look too far ahead. The chain of destiny can only be grasped one link at a time. – Sir Winston Churchill

16. The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present – and I don’t want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future. – Audrey Hepburn

17. One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today. – Dale Carnegie


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