„We are free falling backward through time, reincarnating ourselves from our past, reflecting the chaotic energy of the present.“
— Lorin Morgan-Richards American poet, cartoonist, and children's writer 1975
As quoted in the Sunday Mail, Glasgow.
„But Goethe tells us in his greatest poem that Faust lost the liberty of his soul when he said to the passing moment: "Stay, thou art so fair." And our liberty, too, is endangered if we pause for the passing moment, if we rest on our achievements, if we resist the pace of progress. For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.“
— John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963
Variant: Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future. Documents on International Affairs, 1963, Royal Institute of International Affairs, ed. Sir John Wheeler Wheeler-Bennett, p. 36.
„Our rulers at the present day, with their machines and their preachers, are all occupied in putting into our heads the preposterous notion that activity rather than contemplation is the object of life.“
— John Cowper Powys British writer, lecturer and philosopher 1872 - 1963
In Defence of Sensuality (1930), p. 136 <!-- New York: Simon and Schuster, -->
„In the moment of our talking, envious time has ebb'd away.
Seize the present; trust to-morrow e'en as little as you may.“
— John Conington British classical scholar 1825 - 1869
Book I, ode xi
„I am a lifelong Marylander who loves this state. Every great experience, every great memory, every great moment I have ever had in my life, has happened right here, in Maryland. … The question isn't whether Maryland is a great state. The question is: What will we do, all of us, to reinvigorate this great state that we all love? What will we do to ensure that our future is better than our present or our past?“
— Larry Hogan American politician 1956
„We should not forget that our tradition is one of protest and revolt, and it is stultifying to celebrate the rebels of the past—Jefferson and Paine, Emerson and Thoreau—while we silence the rebels of the present.“
— Henry Steele Commager American historian 1902 - 1998
„Human has always striven to retain the past, to keep it convincing; there's nothing wicked in that. Without it we have no continuity; we have only the moment. And, deprived of the past, the moment - the present - has little meaning, if any.“
— Philip K. Dick, Now Wait for Last Year
„One of the schools of Tlön goes so far as to negate time; it reasons that the present is indefinite, that the future has no reality other than as a present hope, that the past has no reality other than as a present memory.“
— Jorge Luis Borges Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, and a key figure in Spanish language literature 1899 - 1986
Context: One of the schools of Tlön goes so far as to negate time; it reasons that the present is indefinite, that the future has no reality other than as a present hope, that the past has no reality other than as a present memory. Another school declares that all time has already transpired and that our life is only the crepuscular and no doubt falsified an mutilated memory or reflection of an irrecoverable process. Another, that the history of the universe — and in it our lives and the most tenuous detail of our lives — is the scripture produced by a subordinate god in order to communicate with a demon. Another, that the universe is comparable to those cryptographs in which not all the symbols are valid and that only what happens every three hundred nights is true. Another, that while we sleep here, we are awake elsewhere and that in this way every man is two men. Variants: One of the schools in Tlön has reached the point of denying time. It reasons that the present is undefined, that the future has no other reality than as present hope, that past is no more than present memory . . . Another maintains that the universe is comparable to those code systems in which not all the symbols have meaning, and in which only that which happens every three hundredth night is true... The history of the universe... is the handwriting produced by a minor god in order to communicate with a demon.
„If we could survive without a wife, citizens of Rome, all of us would do without that nuisance; but since nature has so decreed that we cannot manage comfortably with them, nor live in any way without them, we must plan for our lasting preservation rather than for our temporary pleasure.“
— Augustus founder of Julio-Claudian dynasty and first emperor of the Roman Empire -63 - 14 v.Chr
— Marguerite Duras French writer and film director 1914 - 1996