“In such ugly times, the only true protest is beauty."
- Phil Ochs
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Only the present moment contains life.

— Thich Nhat Hanh  (via makethemdream)

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The best portion of your life will be the small, nameless moments you spend smiling with someone who matters to you.

Ritu Ghatourey

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When you are washing the dishes, washing the dishes must be the most important thing in your life. Just as when you are drinking tea, drinking tea must be the most important thing in your life. Drink your tea slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the whole world revolves—slowly, evenly, without rushing toward the future. Live the actual moment. Only this actual moment is life.

— Thich Nhat Hanh (via cupitoris)

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When a great moment knocks on the door of your life, it is often no louder than the beating of your heart, and it is very easy to miss it.

— Boris Pasternak (via amandaonwriting)

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I stood there wanting
to hoard time, a thief trying to steal
a song I couldn’t hear, a fool believing

there’s something sweet that won’t disappoint,
that pears in the hand could be anything
like pears dreamed in the mind, or a moment
stopped could be kept from rotting.

Betsy Sholl, from “Pears, Unstolen,” in Image (Summer 2010, No. 66)

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Do not move, do not go. Sink within this moment. Hold it for ever.

Virginia Woolf, from The Waves (via oyclu)

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I am a dreamer. I know so little of real life that I just can’t help me reliving such moments as these in my dreams, for such moments are something I have very rarely experienced.

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky. A Disgraceful Affair: Stories. 2009. Page 18. (via xennicole)

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The gods envy us. They envy us because we’re mortal, because any moment may be our last. Everything is more beautiful because we’re doomed. You will never be lovelier than you are now. We will never be here again.

David Benioff (screenwriter), “Troy” film (2004) 

This is not from an actual quote from Homer’s “The Iliad”. It is from the screenplay of the film Troy (2004). This quote is commonly mis-attributed to Homer’s “The Iliad”.

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All that he had of her was his memory, where he held every moment, every single moment that she had been his. That was all he had, to keep out the loneliness.

— Juliet Marillier, Daughter of the Forest

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Here we are, trapped in the amber of the moment. There is no why.

Kurt Vonnegut (via whats-out-there)

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Ah, this inborn vice of mine never to be able to seize the moment, and always to live in a place where I am not, and in a time that is either past or not yet come.

— Heinrich von Kleist, German Poet (1777-1811)

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When you live completely in each moment, without expecting anything, you have no idea of time.

— Shunryu Suzuki (via nirvikalpa)

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I hadn’t known that a light could be a feeling and a sound could be a color and a kiss could be both a question and an answer. And that heaven could be the ocean or a person or this moment or something else entirely.

— Megan Miranda, Fracture (via thepoetandthesiren)

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We are very good at preparing to live, but not very good at living. We know how to sacrifice ten years for a diploma, and we are willing to work very hard to get a job, a car, a house, and so on. But we have difficulty remembering that we are alive in the present moment, the only moment there is for us to be alive.

— Thich Nhat Hanh (via ineedanewurlhelp)

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Everyone has a moment in history which belongs particularly to him. It is the moment when his emotions achieve their most powerful sway over him, and afterward when you say to this person “the world today” or “life” or “reality” he will assume that you mean this moment, even if it is fifty years past. The world, through his unleashed emotions, imprinted itself upon him, and he carries the stamp of that passing moment forever.

— John Knowles, A Separate Peace (via loyalorderofthebassethounds)