„Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.“

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German writer 1948

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„This is a place accepted, not chosen.“

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„Flow with whatever may happen, and let your mind be free: Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate.“

—  Zhuangzi classic Chinese philosopher -369 - -286 BC

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„The present moment is filled with joy and happiness. If you are attentive, you will see it. (21)“

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„The moment when you really experience that you have created yourself being whatever way you are, at that same moment you will never have to be that way again.“

—  Werner Erhard Critical Thinker and Author 1935

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„But I accept whatever He gives and I give whatever He takes“

—  Matka Tereza Roman Catholic saint of Albanian origin 1910 - 1997

On her dark night of spiritual desolation amidst devotion, in a letter to Bishop Lawrence Trevor Picachy (September 1962), as quoted in Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light (2009) by Brian Kolodiejchuk, 2009, p. 238 http://books.google.com/books?id=XDILw3N_jGoC&pg=PA238&dq=%22I+accept+whatever+He+gives+and+I+give+whatever+He+takes%22&hl=en&ei=3L9kTd-KEISBlAffqen5Bg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCcQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22I%20accept%20whatever%20He%20gives%20and%20I%20give%20whatever%20He%20takes%22&f=false
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„You have to accept whatever comes, and the only important thing is that you meet it with the best you have to give.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

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„Every moment you steal from the present is a moment you've lost forever. There is only now.“

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„Yoga takes you into the present moment, the only place where life exists.“

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„Let me say it again:
the present moment is all you ever have.“

—  Eckhart Tolle German writer 1948

Variant: Realize deeply that the present moment is all you will ever have.
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