Quotes with present
Bring your desires down to your present means. Increase them only when your increased means permit.
August 1914 is the axial date in modern Western history, and once past it we are directly confronted with the present-day world. The sense of power over the material universe with which modern man emerged, as we have seen, from the Middle Ages, changed on that date into the opposite: a sense of weakness and dereliction before the whirlwind that man is able to unleash but not to control. That feeling of danger has persisted and grown stronger, and our generation knows it as uncanny awareness of the explosive quality of man's secular powers -- and now, alas, with the possession of atomic weapons, the word must be taken literally.
Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy (1958)
If philosophers are really to deal with the problem of human existence -- and no other professional group in society is likely to take over the job for them -- they might very well begin by asking: How does philosophy itself exist at the present time? Or, more concretely: How do philosophers exist in the modern world?
Irrational Man: A Study in Existential Philosophy (1958)
God has ends and designs in giving evil men outward mercies and present rest from sorrows and sufferings that cause saints to sigh.
Precious Remedies Against Satan's Devices (1652)
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.
Tocqueville opened a door I could enter. I saw the present in the past. It was accessible, imaginable.
About his book Parrot and Olivier in America (2010) that was loosely based on events in the life of Alexis de Tocqueville.
To enable man to understand the society of the past and to increase his mastery over the society of the present is the dual function of history.
What is History?, 1962
We live in the present, we dream of the future and we learn eternal truths from the past.
All perception is of the past. The present is always suspended in possibility & never ends.
In the present state of our knowledge, it would be useless to attempt to speculate on the remote cause of the electrical energy ... ; its relation to chemical affinity is, however, sufficiently evident. May it not be identical with it, and an essential property of matter?
Reflect upon your present blessings, of which every man has plenty; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
For every one billion particles of antimatter there were one billion and one particles of matter. And when the mutual annihilation was complete, one billionth remained - and that's our present universe.
People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
Against the dark background of the atomic bomb, the United States does not wish merely to present strength, but also the desire and the hope for peace.
United Nations address on peaceful uses of atomic energy "Atoms for Peace" (December 8, 1953)
Whenever you are angry, be assured that it is not only a present evil, but that you have increased a habit.
Without a vivid link to the past, the present is chaos and the future unreadable.
Book Business, 2001
Reporters doing TV news in real-time are an oxymoron: You can’t gather news and present it at the same time. Part of newsgathering is the gathering part.
Discussing the new and old media in an interview with Maureen Dowd in New York Times articel published on April 24, 2013.
If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.
To be a subject for painting, a prospect must present sharp, striking points of view or singular forms, or one object must relieve and set off another. There must be distinct stages and salient points for the eye to rest upon or start from in its progress over the expanse before it. ... The ideal, in a word, is the height of the pleasing, that which satisfies and accords with the inmost longing of the soul: the picturesque is merely a sharper and bolder impression of reality.
Table-Talk: Essays On Men And Manners
Whatever is placed beyond the reach of sense and knowledge, whatever is imperfectly discerned, the fancy pieces out at its leisure; and all but the present moment, but the present spot, passion claims for its own, and brooding over it with wings outspread, stamps it with an image of itself. Passion is lord of infinite space, and distant objects please because they border on its confines and are moulded by its touch.
Table-Talk: Essays On Men And Manners
The defeat of the Democratic party in 1860 has been followed by the revolt of several of the states from the Union, and by the present terrible civil war because it was defeated by a sectional party. We probate that revolt as unnecessary, unjustifiable, unholy! Devoted to the constitution, we invoke the vengeance of God upon all who raise their sacrilegious hands against it; whether wearing the soft gloves of peace, or the bloody gauntlets of war.
Lecture in 1862.
Serfs and slaves were always given at least enough to keep them physically well. But present-day society has ignored the wisdom of this fair provision.
At present there is far more to be gained by pushing the boundaries of what can be done by the bottom than by focusing on what can be done at the top.
New Rules for the New Economy: 10 Radical Strategies for a Connected World (1999)
The future is not a gift: it is an achievement. Every generation helps make its own future. This is the essential challenge of the present.
If tennis is a game for ladies and gentlemen, it's also time we acted a little more like gentlepeople and less like sanctimonious hypocrites. If Althea Gibson represents a challenge to the present crop of women players, it's only fair that they should meet that challenge on the courts.
Editorial in American Lawn Tennis magazine on July 1, 1950. She was addressing segregation policy in the sport of tennis that excluded African-Americans. Finally, Althea Gibson became the first black to complete in United States national tennis championship on August 28, 1950, years before Jackie Robinson.
The present time is the raw material out of which we make whatever we will. Do not brood over the past, or dream of the future, but seize the instant and get your lesson from the hour. The man is yet unborn who rightly measures and fully realizes the value of an hour.
Pushing to the Front or, Success Under Difficulties (1894)
The trouble with worrying so much about your security in the future is that you feel so insecure in the present.
I'm interested in the way in which the past affects the present and I think that if we understand a good deal more about history, we automatically understand a great more about contemporary life.
Time interview, Jan. 21, 1998
At this present time, matter is still the best way to think of architecture, but I'm not so sure for very long. The computer is radicalizing the way we think about our world.
The balance between price in past achievements and consciousness of present shortcomings is difficult to strike.
The past is the present....It’s the future too. We all try to lie out of that but life won’t let us.
Avarice often produces opposite effects; there is an infinite number of people who sacrifice all their property to doubtful and distant expectations; others despise great future advantages to obtain present interests of a trifling nature.
Extreme avarice is nearly always mistaken; there is no passion which is oftener further away from its mark, nor upon which the present has so much power to the prejudice of the future.
Progress is not made by taking pride in our present standards but by critically examining these standards, hypothetically setting higher standards and attempting to achieve them.
History haunts even generations who refuse to learn history. Rhythms, patterns, continuities, drift out of time long forgotten to mold the present and to color the shape of things to come. Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response. Expelled from individual consciousness by the rush of change, history finds its revenge by stamping the collective unconscious with habits, values, expectations, dreams.
The New York Times Magazine, July 27, 1986
Why, indeed, is it necessary to summon trouble, – which must be endured soon enough when it has once arrived, or to anticipate trouble and ruin the present through fear of the future? It is indeed foolish to be unhappy now because you may be unhappy at some future time.
Epistulae morales ad Lucilium, On Despising Death
If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.
With the historian it is an article of faith that knowledge of the past is a key to understanding the present.
We will define history as a mental construct of the past based on evidence which has been carefully subjected to the tests of validity and then critically and systematically ordered and interpreted to present a story of [humans’] interaction with other [humans] in a society.
Probing the Past
Poetry is a purging of the world's poverty and change and evil and death. It is a present perfecting, a satisfaction in the irremediable poverty of life.
I got a guitar when I was about 14, for a Christmas present, and went from there.
You perceive, now, that these things are all impossible except in a dream. You perceive that they are pure and puerile insanities, the silly creations of an imagination that is not conscious of its freaks -- in a word, that they are a dream, and you the maker of it. The dream-marks are all present; you should have recognized them earlier.
The Mysterious Stranger (1916)
Lie - an abomination before the Lord and an ever present help in time of trouble.
The function of history...is to describe and make understandable the forces which have shaped the destiny of man and brought him to the present time equipped as he now is with these ideas and institutions.
A much more difficult and confusing situation would arise if we could, some day, establish a theory of the phenomena of consciousness, or of biology, which would be as coherent and convincing as our present theories of the inanimate world.
The Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Natural Sciences (1960)
There is something tragic about the enormous number of young men there are in England at the present moment who start life with perfect profiles, and end by adopting some useful profession.
Phrases And Philosophies For The Use Of The Young, 1894
The only link between Literature and Drama left to us in England at the present moment is the bill of the play.
A Few Maxims For The A Few Maxims For The Instruction Of The Over-Educated, 1894
He to whom the present is the only thing that is present knows nothing of the age in which he lives.
For we must consider that we shall be as a city upon a hill. The eyes of all people are upon us. So that if we shall deal falsely with our God in this work we have undertaken, and so cause Him to withdraw His present help from us, we shall be made a story and a by-word through the world.
A Model of Christian Charity, a sermon on board of the Arabella, 1630