An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





To sensible men, every day is a day of reckoning.


John W. Gardner (1912-2002, American educator, social activist)


We cannot put off living until we are ready. The most salient characteristic of life is its coerciveness: it is always urgent, "here and now," without any possible postponement. Life is fired at us point-blank.


Jose Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955, Spanish essayist, philosopher)


They deem me mad because I will not sell my days for gold; and I deem them mad because they think my days have a price.


Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese poet, novelist)


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


Andre Gide (1869-1951, French author)


I have the happiness of the passing moment, and what more can mortal ask?


George Robert Gissing (1857-1903, British novelist, critic, essayist)


Giving presents is a talent; to know what a person wants, to know when and how to get it, to give it lovingly and well. Unless a character possesses this talent there is no moment more annihilating to ease than that in which a present is received and given.


Pamela Glenconner


A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Every second is of infinite value.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Nothing is worth more than this day. You cannot relive yesterday. Tomorrow is still beyond your reach


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Since Time is not a person we can overtake when he is gone, let us honor him with mirth and cheerfulness of heart while he is passing.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


We usually lose today, because there has been a yesterday, and tomorrow is coming.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


What is not started today is never finished tomorrow.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


A life uncommanded now is uncommanded; a life unenjoyed now is unenjoyed; a life not lived wisely now is not lived wisely.


David Grayson (1870-1946, American journalist and writer)


Today is yesterday's effect and tomorrow's cause.


Phillip Gribble


The present moment is significant, not as the bridge between past and future, but by reason of its contents, which can fill our emptiness and become ours, if we are capable of receiving them


Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961, Swedish statesman, Secretary-General of the UN)


No one ever complains about a speech being too short!


Ira Hayes


Be fully in the moment, open yourself to the powerful energies dancing around you.


Ernest Hemingway (1898-1961, American writer)


A preoccupation with the future not only prevents us from seeing the present as it is, but often prompts us to rearrange the past.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


A day's impact is better than a month of dead pull.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


Pick my left pocket of its silver dime, but spare the right -- it holds my golden time!


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


Believe that each day that shines on you is your last.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


Seize the day, and put the least possible trust in tomorrow.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


Seize the day.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


When we have a world of only now, with no shadows of yesterdays or clouds of tomorrow, then saying what we can do will work.


Goldie Ivener


Yesterday's the past and tomorrow's the future. Today is a gift -- which is why they call it the present.


Bill Keane


Live not in yesterdays, Look back and you may sorrow. Live precisely for today, Look forward to tomorrow.


J.J. Hulsgen


The past cannot be regained, although we can learn from it; the future is not yet ours even though we must plan for it.... Time is now. We have only today.


Charles E. Hummel


The present is the necessary product of all the past, the necessary cause of all the future.


Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899, American orator, lawyer)


A loser seldom lives in the present, but instead destroys the present by focusing on past memories or future expectations.


Muriel James (American psychotherapist, lecturer)


I believe that only one person in a thousand knows the trick of really living in the present.


Storm Jameson (1891-1986, British writer)


Love and time -- those are the only two things in all the world and all of life that cannot be bought, but only spent.


Gary Jennings


Each day, each hour, an entire life.


Juan Ramon Jiminez


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


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


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


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Present opportunities are neglected, and attainable good is slighted, by minds busied in extensive ranges and intent upon future advantages.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


The present time is seldom able to fill desire or imagination with immediate enjoyment, and we are forced to supply its deficiencies by recollection or anticipation.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


The present is the now, the here, through which all future plunges to the past.


James Joyce (1882-1941, Irish author)


The biggest sin is sitting on your ass.


Florynce R. Kennedy


Life is a succession of moments. To live each one is to succeed.


Sister Corita Kent


Do today's duty, fight today's temptation; do not weaken and distract yourself by looking forward to things you cannot see, and could not understand if you saw them.


Charles Kingsley (1819-1875, British author, clergyman)


Make the most of today. Translate your good intentions into actual deeds.


Grenville Kleiser (1868-1953, American author)


Today a thousand doors of enterprise are open to you, inviting you to useful work. To live at this time is an inestimable privilege, and a sacred obligation devolves upon you to make right use of your opportunities. Today is the day in which to attempt and achieve something worthwhile.


Grenville Kleiser (1868-1953, American author)


Today is the day in which to express your noblest qualities of mind and heart, to do at least one worthy thing which you have long postponed.


Grenville Kleiser (1868-1953, American author)


When we come into the present, we begin to feel the life around us again, but we also encounter whatever we have been avoiding. We must have the courage to face whatever is present -- our pain, our desires, our grief, our loss, our secret hopes our love -- everything that moves us most deeply.


Jack Kornfield


He who has lived a day has lived an age.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


Half of today is better than all of tomorrow.


Jean De La Fontaine (1621-1695, French poet)


I always say to myself, what is the most important thing we can think about at this extraordinary moment.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Relying on God has to begin all over again every day as if nothing had yet been done.


C.S. Lewis


Each day the world is born anew for him who takes it rightly.


James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


The prospect of being pleased tomorrow will never console me for the boredom of today.


Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680, French classical writer)


Few of us ever live in the present, we are forever anticipating what is to come or remembering what has gone.


Louis L'Amour (1908-1988, American Western author)


The present, like a note in music, is nothing but as it appertains to what is past and what is to come.


Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864, British poet, essayist)


The great rule of moral conduct is, next to God, to respect Time.


Johann Kaspar Lavater (1741-1801, Swiss theologian, mystic)


One realm we have never conquered: the pure present.


D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930, British author)


I think in terms of the day's resolutions, not the year's.


Henry Moore


The present is the blocks with which we build.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


Trust no future, however pleasant! Let the dead past bury its dead! Act -- act in the living Present! Heart within and God overhead.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


We die daily. Happy those who daily come to life as well.


George MacDonald (1824-1905, Scottish novelist)


To disdain today is to prove that yesterday has been misunderstood.


Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949, Belgian author)


You do well to have visions of a better life than of every day, but it is the life of every day from which the elements of a better life must come.


Maurice Maeterlinck (1862-1949, Belgian author)


The present reeks of mediocrity and the atom bomb.


Rene Magritte (1898-1967, Belgian surrealist painter)


Top presenters have total control of their fears. They make fear their slave, not the master.


Doug Malouf (1934-, Australian novelist)


Live in the present. The past is gone; the future is unknown -- but the present is real, and your opportunities are now. You must see these opportunities; they must be real for you. The catch is that they can't seem real if your mind is buried in past failures, if you keep reliving old mistakes, old guilts, old tragedies. Fight your way above the many inevitable Traumatizations of your ego, escape damnation by the past, and look to the opportunities of the present. I don't mean some vague moment in the present -- next week or next month, perhaps. I mean today, this minute.


Maxwell Maltz (1944-, Canadian-born American plastic surgeon, author of "Psycho-Cybernetics")


Each day is a special gift from God, and while life may not always be fair, you must never allow the pains, hurdles, and handicaps of the moment to poison your attitude and plans for yourself and your future. You can never win when you wear the ugly cloak of self-pity, and the sour sound of whining will certainly frighten away any opportunity for success. Never again. There is a better way.


Og Mandino (1923-1996, American motivational author, speaker)

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Resolve to edge in a little reading every day, if it is but a single sentence. If you gain fifteen minutes a day, it will make itself felt at the end of the year.


Horace Mann (1796-1859, American educator)


It is privilege of living to be... acutely, agonizingly conscious of the moment that is always present and always passing.


Marya Mannes (1904-1990, American writer)


Use your precious moments to live life fully every single second of every single day.


Wieder Marcia (American author, speaker)


Tomorrow's life is too late. Live today.


Marcus Valerius Martial (40-104, Latin poet and epigrammatist)


As every thread of gold is valuable, so is every moment of time.


John Mason


The passing moment is all we can be sure of; it is only common sense to extract its utmost value from it.


W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright)


The most effective way to ensure the value of the future is to confront the present courageously and constructively.


Rollo May (1931-, American psychologist)


The present is the symbol of the future.


Joseph McSorely


Humor heals the heckler.


Gerald C. Meyers


Humor heals the heckler.


Gerald C. Meyers


The word "now" is like a bomb thrown through the window, and it ticks.


Arthur Miller (1915-, American dramatist)


I just take one day. Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not come. We have only today to love Jesus.


Mother Teresa (1910-1997, Albanian-born Roman Catholic missionary)


We shall be better prepared for the future if we see how terrible, how doomed the present is.


Iris Murdoch (1919-, British novelist, philosopher)


Minutes are worth more than money. Spend them wisely.


Thomas P. Murphy


We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it. But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday's burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.


John Newton (1725-1807, British poet, wrote "Amazing Grace")


The past and present are only our means; the future is always our end. Thus we never really live, but only hope to live.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


We are always preparing to be spy, it is inevitable that we should ever be so.


Blaise Pascal (1623-1662, French scientist, religious philosopher)


I use many props. The props act as cue cards reminding me of what to say next.


Tom Ogden


The only living life is in the past and future -- the present is an interlude -- strange interlude in which we call on past and future to bear witness that we are living.


Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953, American dramatist)


There is no present or future, only the past, happening over and over again, now.


Eugene O'Neill (1888-1953, American dramatist)


Don't waste today regretting yesterday instead of making a memory for tomorrow.


Laura Palmer


Nothing in business is so valuable as time.


John H. Patterson (American businessman, founder of National Cash Register)


The simplest way to customize is to phone members of the audience in advance and ask them what they expect from your session and why they expect it. Then use their quotes throughout your presentation.


Alan Pease


To live only for some future goal is shallow. It's the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.


Robert M. Pirsig (1928-, American author)


The present offers itself to our touch for only an instant of time and then eludes the senses.


Plutarch (46-120, Greek essayist, biographer)


Each day is a new life. Seize it. Live it.


David Guy Powers


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.


Hugh Prather


The past not merely is not fugitive, it remains present.


Marcel Proust (1871-1922, French novelist)


There is no time like the present.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


One day is as good as two for the person who does everything in its place.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


Today must not borrow from tomorrow.


German Proverb (Sayings of German origin)


One moment is worth more than a thousand gold pieces.


Korean Proverb (Sayings of Korean origin)


Possessions dwindle: I mourn their loss. But I mourn the loss of time much more, for anyone can save his purse, but none can win back lost time.


Latin Proverb (Sayings of Latin origin)


One day teaches the other.


Lithuanian Proverb


Every new day begins with possibilities. It's up to us to fill it with the things that move us toward progress and peace.


Ronald Reagan (1911-2004, American President (40th))


Not a day passes over this earth but men and women of note do great deeds, speak great words and suffer noble sorrows.


Charles Reed


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