The past and future are real illusions…

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

-Buddha (latter half of first millennium BCE)

Yesterday’s the past, tomorrow’s the future, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present.

Bil Keane (1922 โ€“ 2011)

The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.

Albert Einstein (1879 โ€“ 1955)

If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future.

Winston Churchill (1874 โ€“ 1965)

For the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: ‘If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?’ And whenever the answer has been ‘No’ for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Steve Jobs (1955 โ€“ 2011)

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

Alan Watts (1915 โ€“ 1973)

One of the best ways to make yourself happy in the present is to recall happy times from the past. Photos are a great memory-prompt, and because we tend to take photos of happy occasions, they weight our memories to the good.

Gretchen Rubin (b. 1965)

Life is divided into three terms โ€“ that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present, to live better in the future.

William Wordsworth (1770 โ€“ 1850)

The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.

Marcel Pagnol (1895 โ€“ 1974)

The chance which now seems lost may present itself at the last moment.

Jules Verne (1828 โ€“ 1905)

34 thoughts on “The past and future are real illusions…”

  1. โ˜ฎDo not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.โ˜ฎ – Buddha (latter half of first millennium BCE)

    Makes the grand opening statement, it holds so much movement,
    beckoning
    a daily practice,

    Ritual or discipline because
    we are knocked down
    by our past, we
    feel how it gnaws

    At us, desperate to devour
    us! Notall, nay,
    for many folk
    and history were

    Happy, great anxiety for the
    future exists
    Concentrate
    Carpe diem

    Thanks for sharing these beautifully aligned gems

  2. The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be.
    โ€“Marcel Pagnol (1895 โ€“ 1974)
    Very true! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜

  3. Thereโ€™s no one who has escaped the ghosts of their pasts. Itโ€™s like we like to be haunted. Boo! Great quotes. ๐Ÿ™‚

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