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





They expect a professional presentation, so they expect to see a "professional." Dress appropriately for the occasion, but don't be one of the crowd.


Wess Roberts (American author)


Live now, believe me, wait not till tomorrow, gather the roses of life today.


Pierre de Ronsard


The habit of looking into the future and thinking that the whole meaning of the present lies in what it will bring forth is a pernicious one. There can be no value in the whole unless there is value in the parts.


Bertrand Russell (1872-1970, British philosopher, mathematician, essayist)


It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.


Antoine De Saint-Exupery (1900-1944, French aviator, writer)


The past is a bucket of ashes, so live not in your yesterdays, nor just for tomorrow, but in the here and now.


Carl Sandburg (1878-1967, American poet)


Each today, well-lived, makes yesterday a dream of happiness and each tomorrow a vision of hope. Look, therefore, to this one day, for it and it alone is life.


Sanskrit Poem


There will never be another now. I will make the most of today. There will never be another me. I will make the most of myself.


Robert H. Schuller (1926-, American minister, author, social leader)


I have a new philosophy. I'm only going to dread one day at a time.


Charles M. Schulz (1922-, American cartoonist, creator of "Peanuts")


Nothing is ours except time.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


Too many people miss the silver lining because they're expecting gold.


Maurice Setter


Past, and to come, seems best; things present, worst.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Now is the operative word. Everything you put in your way is just a method of putting off the hour when you could actually be doing your dream. You don't need endless time and perfect conditions. Do it now. Do it today. Do it for twenty minutes and watch your heart start beating.


Barbara Sher (American author of "I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What It Was")


The second half of the twentieth century is a complete flop.


Isaac Bashevis Singer (1904-1991, Polish-born American journalist,  writer)


There is nothing good in this world which time does not improve.


Alexander Smith (1830-1867, Scottish poet, author)


Take short views, hope for the best, and trust in God.


Sydney Smith (1771-1845, British writer, clergyman)


Seize the hour.


Sophocles (495-406 BC, Greek tragic poet)


I'm trying to do the best I can. I'm not concerned with tomorrow, but with what goes on today.


Mark Spitz (1950-, American swimmer)


The past which is so presumptuously brought forward as a precedent for the present was itself founded on some past that went before it.


Anne Germain De Stael (1766-1817, French-Swiss novelist)


Dollars cannot buy yesterday.


Admiral Harold R. Stark


We can live forever, a minute at a time.


Author Unknown


I have resolved that from this day on, I will do all the business I can honestly, have all the fun I can reasonably, do all the good I can willingly, and save my digestion by thinking pleasantly.


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895, Scottish essayist, poet, novelist)


The obscurest epoch is today.


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895, Scottish essayist, poet, novelist)


I am in the present. I cannot know what tomorrow will bring forth. I can know only what the truth is for me today. That is what I am called upon to serve.


Igor Stravinsky (1882-1971, Russian composer)


Very few men, properly speaking, live at present, but are providing to live another time.


Jonathan Swift (1667-1745, Anglo-Irish satirist)


Do not say, "It is morning," and dismiss it with a name of yesterday. See it for the first time as a newborn child that has no name.


Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941, Indian poet, philosopher)


Freedom from worries and surcease from strain are illusions that always inhabit the distance.


Edwin Way Teale (1899-1980, American naturalist and writer)


Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labor until the evening.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Psalms104:23


Say not thou, what is the cause that the former days were better than these, for thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Ecclesiastes 7:10


This is the day which the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad in it.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Psalms 118:24


Where were you... when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Job 38, 4-7:}


He is blessed over all mortals who loses no moment of the passing life.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


There is only one time that is important -- NOW! It is the most important time because it is the only time that we have any power.


Count Leo Tolstoy (1828-1910, Russian novelist, philosopher)


I try to learn from the past, but I plan for the future by focusing exclusively on the present. That's were the fun is.


Donald Trump (1946-, American businessman, actor)


I try to learn from the past, but I plan for the future by focusing exclusively on the present. That's were the fun is.


Donald Trump (1946-, American businessman, actor)


If a person gives you his time, he can give you no more precious gift.


Frank Tyger


Having spent the better part of my life trying either to relive the past or experience the future before it arrives, I have come to believe that in between these two extremes is peace.


Author Unknown


If we spend our time with regrets over yesterday, and worries over what might happen tomorrow, we have no today in which to live.


Author Unknown


Look well to this day, for it, and it alone is life.


Author Unknown


Our costliest expenditure is time.


Author Unknown


He who lives in the present lives in eternity.


Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951, Austrian philosopher)


This is the beginning of a new day. God has given me this day to use as I will. I can waste it or use it for good, but what I do today is important, because I am exchanging a day of my life for it! When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever, leaving in its place something that I have traded for it. I want it to be gain, and not loss; good, and not evil; success, and not failure; in order that I shall not regret the price I have paid for it.


Author Unknown


Today is the best preparation for what tomorrow may bring.


Author Unknown


Today is the first day of the rest of your life.


Author Unknown


Yesterday has gone. Tomorrow may never come. There is only the miracle of this moment. Savor it. It is a gift.


Author Unknown


Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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I have realized that the past and the future are real illusions, that they exist only in the present, which is what there is and all that there is.


Alan W. Watts (1915-1973, British-born American philosopher, author)


If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you'll never enjoy the sunshine.


Morris L. West


There can be no transformation, no awakening, without the ‘here and now’ experience of life, which involves all of our being, not just our intellect.


Robert White (American trainer, professional speaker)


Live for today. Multitudes of people have failed to live for today.... What they have had within their grasp today they have missed entirely, because only the future has intrigued them.


William Allen White (1868-1944, American editor, writer)


The present contains all that there is. It is holy ground; for it is the past, and it is the future.


Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947, British mathematician, philosopher)


We convince by our presence.


Walt Whitman (1819-1892, American poet)


No longer forward nor behind I look in hope or fear; but grateful, take the good I find, the best of now and here.


John Greenleaf Whittier (1807-1892, American poet, reformer, author)


He to whom the present is the only thing that is present, knows nothing of the age in which he lives.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


I'm one of those people who lives for the moment.


Oprah Winfrey (1954-, American TV personality, producer, actress, author)


Always begin anew with the day, just as nature does. It is one of the sensible things that nature does.


George E. Woodberry (1855-1930, American literary critic)


Old times never come back and I suppose it's just as well. What comes back is a new morning every day in the year, and that's better.


George E. Woodberry (1855-1930, American literary critic)


There is no such thing in anyone's life as an unimportant day.


Alexander Woollcott (1887-1943, American columnist, critic)


The present is the ever moving shadow that divides yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies hope.


Frank Lloyd Wright (1869-1959, American architect)


People are always asking about the good old days. I say, why don't you say the good "now" days? Isn't "now" the only time you're living?


Robert M. Young


Patterns of the past echo in the present and resound through the future.


Dhyani Ywahoo


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