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Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going.

There's no present. There's only the immediate future and the recent past.
The moments of the past do not remain still; they retain in our memory the motion which drew them towards the future, towards a future which has itself become the past, and draw us on in their train.
The past is only the present become invisible and mute; and because it is invisible and mute, its memorized glances and its murmurs are infinitely precious. We are tomorrow's past.
The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
Time past and time future what might have been and what has been point to one end, which is always present.
The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect was already in the cause.
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
Behind every successful man is a proud wife and a surprised mother-in-law.
Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.
Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved.
We can never establish with certainty what part of our relations with others is the result of our emotions -- love, antipathy, charity, or malice -- and what part is predetermined by the constant power play among individuals.
All I am, or can be, I owe to my angel mother.
People are always shouting they want to create a better future. It's not true. The future is an apathetic void of no interest to anyone. The past is full of life, eager to irritate us, provoke and insult us, tempt us to destroy or repaint it. The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past.
Happiness is the longing for repetition.
The reign of imagagology begins where history ends.
Optimism is the opium of the people.
Woman is the future of man. That means that the world which was once formed in man's image will now be transformed to the image of woman. The more technical and mechanical, cold and metallic it becomes, the more it will need the kind of warmth that only the woman can give it. If we want to save the world, we must adapt to the woman, let ourselves be led by the woman, let ourselves be penetrated by the Ewigweiblich, the eternally feminine!
There is only one real tragedy in a woman's life. The fact that her past is always her lover, and her future invariably her husband.
The youth of America is their oldest tradition. It has been going on now for three hundred years.
Anyone who doesn't miss the past never had a mother.
The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom.
No civilization would ever have been possible without a framework of stability, to provide the wherein for the flux of change. Foremost among the stabilizing factors, more enduring than customs, manners and traditions, are the legal systems that regulate our life in the world and our daily affairs with each other.
Women's battle for financial equality has barely been joined, much less won. Society still traditionally assigns to woman the role of money-handler rather than money-maker, and our assigned specialty is far more likely to be home economics than financial economics.
The traditional novel form continues to enlarge our experience in those very areas where the wide-angle lens and the Cinema screen tend to narrow it.
Often, the less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it.
Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.
Tradition is a guide and not a jailer.
A tradition without intelligence is not worth having.
As soon as tradition has come to be recognized as tradition, it is dead.
Tradition! We scarcely know the word anymore. We are afraid to be either proud of our ancestors or ashamed of them. We scorn nobility in name and in fact. We cling to a bourgeois mediocrity which would make it appear we are all Americans, made in the image and likeness of George Washington.
Every age, every culture, every custom and tradition has its own character, its own weakness and its own strength, its beauties and cruelties; it accepts certain sufferings as matters of course, puts up patiently with certain evils. Human life is reduced to real suffering, to hell, only when two ages, two cultures and religions overlap.
Men are what their mothers made them.
Happy is the son whose faith in his mother remains unchallenged.
Fear is the mother of morality.
Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother's love is not.
The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father s. He's more particular. The father is always a Republican towards his son, and his mother's always a Democrat.
Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same -- and most mothers kiss and scold together.
Tradition is but a meteor, which, if it once falls, cannot be rekindled. Memory, once interrupted, is not to be recalled. But written learning is a fixed luminary, which, after the cloud that had hidden it has passed away, is again bright in its proper station. So books are faithful repositories, which may be awhile neglected or forgotten, but when opened again, will again impart instruction.
In America nothing dies easier than tradition.

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