Try to be happy in this very present moment; don’t wait for a better day.
— Thomas Fuller
When you’re not thinking about yourself, you’re usually happy.
— Al Pacino
One can get just as much exultation in losing oneself in a little thing as in a big thing. It is nice to think how one can be recklessly lost in a daisy.
— Anne Lindbergh
God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.
— C.S. Lewis
If you observe a really happy man, you will find him building a boat, writing a symphony, educating his son or growing double dahlias. He will not be searching for happiness as if it were a collar button that had rolled under the radiator, striving for it as the goal itself. He will have become aware that he is happy in the course of living life twenty-four crowded hours of each day.
— Beran Wolfe
I will work when failures seek rest. I will act now for now is all I have. Tomorrow is the day reserved for the labor of the lazy. I am not lazy. Tomorrow is the day when the failure will succeed. I am not a failure. I will act now. Success will not wait.
— Og Mandino
Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
— Reginna Brett
Now, gentlemen, let us do something today which the world may talk of hereafter.
— Cuthbert Collingwood
Why should we need extra time in which to enjoy ourselves? If we expect to enjoy our life, we will have to learn to be joyful in all of it, not just at stated intervals when we can get time or when we have nothing else to do.
— Laura Ingalls Wilder
I will forget the happenings of the day that is gone, where they were good or bad, and greet the new sun with confidence that this will be the best day of my life.
— Og Mandino
Normal day, let me be aware of the treasure you are. Let me learn from you, love you, bless you before you depart. Let me not pass you by in quest of some rare and perfect tomorrow. Let me hold you while I may, for it may not always be so.
— Mary Irion
If you lived today as if it were your last, you’d buy up a box of rockets and fire them all off, wouldn’t you?
— Garrison Keillor
Yesterday is a memory; tomorrow is an imagination; today is eternity. Cut out two days of your life, yesterday with its mistakes, tomorrow with its fears, and live only today.
— Virgil Reed
Each new day is a blank page in the diary of your life. The secret of success is in turning that diary into the best story you possibly can.
— Douglas Pagels
One of the most difficult yet basic fundamentals to master is the art of enjoying each moment that you are given on this planet. It’s easy to do that, of course, when the birds are singing and life is going your way. It’s not so easy when you are struggling. Yet even the struggle is a gift, if you are willing to see it that way.
— Isiah Thomas
Believe, when you are most unhappy, that there is something for you to do in the world. So long as you can sweeten another’s pain, life is not in vain.
— Helen Keller
It is only possible to live happily ever after on a day-to-day basis.
— Margaret Bannano
There is but one way to tranquility of mind and happiness, and that is to account no external things your own, but to commit all to God.
To be miserable – look within.
To be distracted – look around.
To be happy – look up.
Happiness is like a cat. If you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you. It will never come. But if you pay no attention to it and go about your business, you’ll find it rubbing against your legs and jumping into your lap.
— William Bennett
Young people live in the future. Old people live in the past. Wise people live in the present.
— John Maxwell
Men spend their lives in anticipation, in determining to be vastly happy at some period or other, when they have time. But the present time has one advantage over every other: it is ours.
— Charles Caleb Colton
By continuously engaging a cycle of longing, you never actually allow yourself to be in the present. You end up living your life at some point just off in the future. You only have one moment – the one right here, right now. If you skip over “here” in your rush to get “there,” you deny yourself the full range of feelings and sensations that can only be experienced in the present moment.
— Cherie Carter-Scott
The past is history, the future is a mystery, and this moment is a gift. That is why this moment is called the present.
— Deepak Chopra
Prepare yourself for greater success by putting yourself totally into what you are doing now, even if it isn’t your “ultimate.” Fully engaging yourself in the present not only helps you to enjoy what you are doing but also prepares you mentally to handle the greater challenges and responsibilities that will come with the attainment of your goals.
— Laurence Boldt
Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
— Reginna Brett
In twenty years, what will you wish you had done today? Do it now.
— Warren Wiersbe
Every day that is born into the world comes like a burst of music and rings the whole day through, and you make of it a dance, a dirge, or a life march, as you will.
— Thomas Carlyle
Time and life are made up of one today after another. Yesterday is a fallen leaf; tomorrow is still a dream; but today is here.
— Esther York
As I got older I became aware of the folly of this perpetual reaching after the future, and of drawing from tomorrow and from tomorrow only, a reason for the joyfulness of today. I learned, when it was almost too late, to live in each moment as it passed over my head, believing that the sun as it is now rising is as good as it will ever be.
— Mark Rutherford
Happiness is inward, and not outward; and so, it does not depend on what we have, but on what we are.
— Henry Van Dyke
It’s important to associate with people who are happy. Happiness is contagious.
— Gary Player
Go outside, to the fields, enjoy nature and the sunshine, go out and try to recapture happiness in yourself and in God.
— Anne Frank
Happiness is different from pleasure. Happiness has something to do with struggling and enduring and accomplishments.
— George Sheenan
Many people go through life putting off their joy and happiness. To them, goal setting means that “someday,” after they achieve something, only then will they be able to enjoy life to the fullest. The truth is that if we decide to be happy now, we’ll automatically achieve more.
— Anthony Robbins