One great thing about growing old is that nothing is going to lead to anything. Everything is of the moment.
Joseph Campbell in A Joseph Campbell Companion edited by Diane Osbon
We spend a long time wishing we were elsewhere and otherwise.
Robert Farrar Capon in Bed & Board
Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe a moment that never was before and never will be again.
Pablo Casals quoted in Full Esteem Ahead by Diane Loomans
Now is the only time. How we relate to it creates the future. In other words, if we're going to be more cheerful in the future, it's because of our aspiration and exertion to be cheerful in the present. What we do accumulates; the future is the result of what we do right now.
Pema Chödrön in When Things Fall Apart
The present moment holds infinite riches beyond your wildest dreams but you will only enjoy them to the extent of your faith and love. The more a soul loves, the more it longs, the more it hopes, the more it finds. The will of God is manifest in each moment, an immense ocean which only the heart fathoms insofar as it overflows with faith, trust and love.
Jean-Pierre De Caussade in The Sacrament of the Present Moment
Every moment is enormous, and it is all we have. Our life is a path of learning to wake up before we die.
Natalie Goldberg in Long Quiet Highway
One twelve-year-old boy, when asked by his father what he would like for his birthday, said, "Daddy, I want you!" His father was rarely at home. He was quite wealthy, but he worked all the time to provide for his family. His son was a bell of mindfulness for him. The little boy understood that the greatest gift we can offer our loved ones is our true presence.
Thich Nhat Hanh in Living Buddha, Living Christ