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    There's a desire for me in the work, even when I'm looking at the past, to be looking from the present. It's to be here now. It's looking in the present tense.
    — Zoe Leonard
    tags: desires  work  past  present 
    A wee child toddling in a wonder world, I prefer to their dogma my excursions into the natural gardens where the voice of the Great Spirit is heard in the twittering of birds, the rippling of mighty waters, and the sweet breathing of flowers. If this is Paganism, then at present, at least, I am a Pagan.
    — Zitkala-Sa
    The present is what slips by us while we're pondering the past and worrying about the future.
    — Ziggy Marley
    tags: future  past  present 
    News has a way of distancing us from events, even as it informs us about them. News articles almost always present both the event and the responses at the same time - how is President Barack Obama or Congress responding to the events? I think this reflects a deep need we have to feel that things are under control and that events are subject to our influence.
    — Zia Haider Rahman
    The birth of a man is the birth of his sorrow. The longer he lives, the more stupid he becomes, because his anxiety to avoid unavoidable death becomes more and more acute. What bitterness! He lives for what is always out of reach! His thirst for survival in the future makes him incapable of living in the present.
    — Zhuangzi
    He who wins people, prospers; he who loses them, fails. Your present plan should be to seek humans of high aims and farseeing views, and you can establish yourself firmly.
    — Zhou Yu
    tags: people  present  fail 
    On no further occasion present a flag or medal to an Indian.
    — Zebulon Pike
    tags: present  occasion 
    We are deceiving ourselves if we believe that a literary work written and published in a country where 70 per cent of the population is illiterate, can change the political and social life of the country..it is up to political organization..and not to romantic literature.. to change the present situation.
    — Zakaria Tamer
    I have now transformed into a sensitive; a person who is able to detect when spirits are present. It's a skill that's evolved over hundreds of paranormal investigations and has taught me that the human body is the best means of paranormal detection. I've become a fine-tuned instrument of spiritual sensitivity.
    — Zak Bagans
    Who controls the past now controls the future. Who controls the present now controls the past. Who controls the past now controls the future. Who controls the present now?
    — Zack de la Rocha
    tags: future  past  present  control 
    I think it's like, you know, you can't get ahead of yourself, because no amount of success or exposure or opportunity is going to really matter or be ultimately fulfilling unless you can be totally present in what you're doing right now.
    — Zachary Quinto
    I think the next 50 years are going to present the human race with challenges that so far exceed the limitations of geopolitical boundaries or nationalist identity. We're going to be up against challenges that we can barely fathom at this point. So how we embrace them and deal with them will define a great many things about where we go, but, you know, it's hard to say. We're teetering on the edge, I would say.
    — Zachary Quinto
    I can't really do anything about the past and all I can do is just embrace the future and try to make the most of the present. So I'm really trying to do that and doing my best every day.
    — Zach Sudfeld
    tags: future  past  present 
    Yeah, I've banged some female costars. I swore I'd never tell their names, so instead I'll present some anagrams: Sahar Clahke and Haether Gharam.
    — Zach Braff
    tags: present 
    I remain detached and distant, but it is under my eyes and my orders that the work of art must create itself. Then, when the creation starts, I stand there, present at the ceremony, immaculate, calm, relaxed... ready to welcome the work of art that is coming into existence in the tangible world.
    — Yves Klein
    The past does not only draw us back to the past. There are certain memories of the past that have strong steel springs and, when we who live in the present touch them, they are suddenly stretched taut and then they propel us into the future.
    — Yukio Mishima
    tags: live  future  past  present  memory  strong 
    This is the industry that wants [music], the rap industry. You have to be on deck all the time, but you do not have the time to do the album. It is an energy, it must be present in everyday life.
    — Young Thug
    tags: time  present  energy 
    Let's say your past is your present and your present is your cash, So I look forward to the future.
    — Young Jeezy
    tags: future  past  present 
    Once a man's will is set, he need no longer rely on others or expect anything from the world. His vision encompasses Heaven and earth, past and present, and the tranquility of his heart is undisturbed.
    — Yoshida Shoin
    tags: heart  past  present  world  earth  vision  heaven 
    I don't want to worry anymore thinking about the future. Mi Rae... 'Mi' meaning not yet. 'Rae' meaning coming. Why should I decide on the present, thinking about the future that's not here yet? I won't do that anymore.
    — Yoon Mi-rae
    You don't want to block your thoughts, emotions, and so on; nor do you want to chase after them. If you chase after them, if you let them lead you, they begin to define you, and you lose your ability to respond openly and spontaneously in the present moment. On the other hand, if you attempt to block your thoughts, your mind can become quite tight and small.
    — Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
    Meditation is actually a very simple exercise in resting in the natural state of your present mind, and allowing yourself to be simply and clearly present to whatever thoughts, sensations, or emotions occur.
    — Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
    All that we are looking for in life - all the happiness, contentment, and peace of mind - is right here in the present moment.
    — Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
    Meditation is really quite simple. All we have to do is embrace each experience with awareness and open our hearts fully to the present moment. When we are completely at ease with our own being, the ripples of awareness naturally spread out in all directions, touching the lives of everyone we meet.
    — Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
    Dzogchen Ponlop Rinpoche has a remarkable ability to present the wisdom of the Buddha's teachings in a manner that is as fresh and accessible as it is profound. With Rebel Buddha, he goes straight to the core of the spiritual path, showing how the Buddha's liberating insights transcend race, religion, and culture. This book is sure to provoke, inspire, and move us one step closer to creating a thoroughly modern approach to spirituality.
    — Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche
    In the present age when communication is so rapid, we should create a different tradition, traditions are created everyday. Five years now is like 100 years before. We are living in a society that has no history. There's no precedent for this kind of society so we can break the old patterns.
    — Yoko Ono
    In film, you have to present everything on the screen so it's the opposite of what I usually do with storytelling. It forced me to think about how people walk, where they sit at that moment. With Princess of Nebraska, it was just fun to watch because the movie was so far from the story. It was very much a different story.
    — Yiyun Li
    You can write about a country without taking a stand, but you cannot write about a country without noting that there's history, and that there's politics going on. To me, that's the same if you write about America. You don't have to write about politics, but the politics have to be present in the characters.
    — Yiyun Li
    What I, as the prime minister of the present government of Israel, started to do, is first to tackle the longest part of the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
    — Yitzhak Rabin
    Vis a vis the Golan Heights, the present government of Israel, under my leadership, is the first government that is ready to speak about a withdrawal.
    — Yitzhak Rabin
    It is by thoughtful reflection that the elusive moments of the past draw near to us in present reality and gain a measure of permanence.
    — Yi-Fu Tuan
    When I create music, it is a reflection of my soul, my experiences in life and my relationships with other people and cultures. Psychology, and understanding who we are as people in this world, is present in almost every creative thought I have.
    — Yanni
    There are so many messages and lessons that I have been taught that I would want to share with people. Perhaps one that is very present in my mind now is the concept that we are all living on this one tiny planet that we call Earth. It is very small and is not getting any bigger, but the amount of people living on this planet continues to grow at a rapid rate.
    — Yanni
    Mastermind and collaborate with other smart entrepreneurs if they have futures that are even bigger than their present.
    — Yanik Silver
    Everyone lets the present moment slip by, then looks for it as though he thought it were somewhere else.
    — Yamamoto Tsunetomo
    tags: present  thoughts  moment 
    There is surely nothing other than the single purpose of the present moment. A man's whole life is a succession of moment after moment. There will be nothing else to do, and nothing else to pursue. Live being true to the single purpose of the moment.
    — Yamamoto Tsunetomo
    tags: live  present  moment  true 
    We decided it here. Ilyich [Lenin] believed that we shouldn't leave the Whites a live banner to rally around, especially under the present difficult circumstances.
    — Yakov Sverdlov
    tags: live  present 
    The way we understand both our present and our future depends on what we have lived through.
    — Xinran
    tags: future  present 
    It's harder to build than destroy. To build is to engage and change. In jazz, we call progressing harmonies changes. Changes are like obstacles on a speed course. They demand your attention and require you to be present. They are coming...they are here..... and then they are gone. It's how life comes. Each moment is a procession from the future into the past and the sweet spot is always the present. Live in that sweet spot. Be present.
    — Wynton Marsalis
    No particular music makes me feel nostalgic. If it's great, it just keeps me in the present moment. That level of music is like a classic story, like the Iliad-something so perfect it can never be old.
    — Wynton Marsalis
    tags: present  moment  music  stories 
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