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  • Henry David Thoreau
    Henry David Thoreau
    American writer 1817-1862
    Henry David Thoreau
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    How many a man has dated a new era in his life from the reading of a book! The book exists for us, perchance, that will explain our miracles and reveal new ones. The at present unutterable things we may find somewhere uttered.
  • R. D. Laing
    R. D. Laing
    British psychiatrist 1927-1989
    R. D. Laing
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    Alienation as our present destiny is achieved only by outrageous violence perpetrated by human beings on human beings.
  • Robert Conklin
    Robert Conklin
    American teacher, writer
    Robert Conklin
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    Dreams get you into the future and add excitement to the present.
  • George Washington
    George Washington
    First president of the US 1732-1799
    George Washington
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    I do not mean to exclude altogether the idea of patriotism. I know it exists, and I know it has done much in the present contest. But I will venture to assert, that a great and lasting war can never be supported on this principle alone. It must be aided b
  • George Orwell
    George Orwell
    English writer (ps. of Eric Blair) 1903-1950
    George Orwell
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    Power-worship blurs political judgment because it leads, almost unavoidably, to the belief that present trends will continue. Whoever is winning at the moment will always seem to be invincible.
  • Roland Barthes
    Roland Barthes
    French semiologist 1915-1980
    Roland Barthes
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    There is only one way left to escape the alienation of present day society: to retreat ahead of it.
  • Frederick Douglass
    Frederick Douglass
    African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator and writer 1818-1895
    Frederick Douglass
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    We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.
  • Norman Mailer
    Norman Mailer
    American writer 1923-
    Norman Mailer
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    1 jast think it's bad to talk about one's present work, for it spoils something at the root of the creative act. It discharges the tension.
  • Adam Sedgwick
    Adam Sedgwick
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    A cold atheistical materialism is the tendency of the so-called material philosophy of the present day.
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    Robert Louis Stevenson
    Scottish writer and poet 1850-1895
    Robert Louis Stevenson
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    A friend is a present you give to yourself.
  • Fawn M. Brodie
    Fawn M. Brodie
    American historian and biographer 1915-1981
    Fawn M. Brodie
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    A man's memory is bound to be a distortion of his past in accordance with his present interests, and the most faithful autobiography is likely to mirror less what a man was than what he has become.
  • Vladimir Nabokov
    Vladimir Nabokov
    American writer and poet 1899-1977
    Vladimir Nabokov
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    A novelist is, like all mortals, more fully at home on the surface of the present than in the ooze of the past.
  • William Blake
    William Blake
    English poet 1757-1827
    William Blake
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    All futurity seems teeming with endless destruction never to be repelled; Desperate remorse swallows the present in a quenchless rage.
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin Franklin
    American statesman and physicist 1706-1790
    Benjamin Franklin
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    All human situations have their inconveniences. We feel those of the present but neither see nor feel those of the future; and hence we often make troublesome changes without amendment, and frequently for the worse.
  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin Franklin
    American statesman and physicist 1706-1790
    Benjamin Franklin
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    Ambition has its disappointments to sour us, but never the good fortune to satisfy us. Its appetite grows keener by indulgence and all we can gratify it with at present serves but the more to inflame its insatiable desires.
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