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22 quotes about being present to keep you living in the now

22 quotes about being present to keep you living in the now

When is the last time that you stopped what you were doing and listened to the way the wind blows through the trees, watched a sunset, or said thank you to someone for a small act of kindness that they did for you?

I’ll be the first to admit that sometimes I get TOO focused on what I am working on and I lose track of some of the smallest and most beautiful moments in life.

I take small steps to try and come back into the moment though.

Many of us spend our time living in the past…you know…dwelling on our past mistakes or the things we have failed in. We hold onto the things that people do that hurt us or the things that go wrong.

I tend to avoid the past, I let things roll easily into the past and I let them stay there, but my problem is living too much in the future. I have all these big dreams and ideas, and I keep telling myself that tomorrow will be better, that someday I will be living the life that I want to live, and that maybe someday I will finally be truly happy, but the truth is that happiness and joy can only be experienced in the now.

Even the moments that I keep looking forward to are going to leave me wanting more, and even though I know this I feel trapped in searching for that moment of perfection somewhere ahead of me on my path in life.

The joy you seek is now, the love you wish to feel is now, the key to living the life that you want to live someday is now.

Look to the future and make choices today that will make a better tomorrow, but try not to neglect the special moments in between. Learn to live in the now and be present to the gifts and joys that life has offered us in this moment.

Try to watch the sunset a little closer, hold the person that you love a little tighter, and be grateful for the joy that you can experience in THIS moment.


So here are 22 quotes about being present to help you remember to live in the now.


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

Robert M. Young


4.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


5.Nothing ever gets anywhere. The earth keeps turning round and gets nowhere. The moment is the only thing that counts.

Jean Cocteau


6.Forever is composed of nows.

Emily Dickinson


7.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


Keep your eyes on the road to your victory!

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8.If you worry about what might be, and wonder what might have been, you will ignore what is.

Author Unknown


9.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


10.Life’s a journey, not a destination.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


11.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


12.The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.

Abraham Lincoln


13.The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly. Buddha


14.Life is available only in the present moment. If you abandon the present moment you cannot live the moments of your daily life deeply.

Thich Nhat Hanh


15.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


Its never too late to start over.

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16.When I am anxious it is because I am living in the future. When I am depressed it is because I am living in the past.

Author Unknown


17.In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don’t try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.

Lao Tzu

18.I just don’t want to live like I used to. And at some point, I’m going to put a gag order on myself in terms of talking about the past. I’ve got to slam the door and deal with the present and the future.

Charlie Sheen


19.In rivers, the water that you touch is the last of what has passed and the first of that which comes; so with present time.

Leonardo da Vinci


20.Accept – then act. Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.

Eckhart Tolle


21.It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it elude you and remain forever a harmonious conception of memory.

Scott Fitzgerald


22.Feeling sorry for yourself, and your present condition, is not only a waste of energy but the worst habit you could possibly have.

Dale Carnegie

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