„The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway!“

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Roman Catholic saint of Albanian origin 1910 - 1997

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„People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.“

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

This is a variant or paraphrase of The Paradoxical Commandments, by Kent M. Keith, student activist, first composed in 1968 as part of a booklet for student leaders, which had hung on the wall of Mother Teresa's children's home in Calcutta, India, and have sometimes become misattributed to her. The version posted at his site http://www.paradoxicalcommandments.com begins:
Misattributed

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„If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Do good anyway!“

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

This is a variant or paraphrase of The Paradoxical Commandments, by Kent M. Keith, student activist, first composed in 1968 as part of a booklet for student leaders, which had hung on the wall of Mother Teresa's children's home in Calcutta, India, and have sometimes become misattributed to her. The version posted at his site http://www.paradoxicalcommandments.com begins:
Misattributed
Context: People are often unreasonable and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are honest, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway. If you find happiness, people may be jealous. Be happy anyway. The good you do today may be forgotten tomorrow. Do good anyway. Give the world the best you have and it may never be enough. Give your best anyway. For you see, in the end, it is between you and God. It was never between you and them anyway.

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Citát „Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.“
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„Today was good. Today was fun. Tomorrow is another one.“

—  Dr. Seuss American children's writer and illustrator, co-founder of Beginner Books 1904 - 1991

Bob Marley photo

„The good times of today are the sad thoughts of tomorrow.“

—  Bob Marley Jamaican singer, songwriter, musician 1945 - 1981

Variant: The good times of today are the sad thoughts of tomorrow.

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„The key is this: Meet today's problems with today's strength. Don't start tackling tomorrow's problems until tomorrow. You do not have tomorrow's strength yet. You simply have enough for today.“

—  Max Lucado American clergyman and writer 1955

Source: Traveling Light: Releasing the Burdens You Were Never Intended to Bear

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„Tomorrow may be hell, but today was a good writing day, and on the good writing days nothing else matters.“

—  Neil Gaiman English fantasy writer 1960

"somewhat less sinister ducks" Blog entry (23 April 2004) http://www.neilgaiman.com/journal/2004/04/somewhat-less-sinister-ducks.asp

Benjamin Franklin photo

„Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today. “

—  Benjamin Franklin American author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman, a… 1706 - 1790

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„Music is timeless. A good piece of yesterday, it's beautiful today and it will be beautiful tomorrow.“

—  Prevale Italian DJ and producer 1983

Original: La musica è senza tempo. Un bel brano di ieri, è bello oggi e sarà bello domani.
Source: prevale.net

„Today you feel uplifted. Do not let yesterday and tomorrow bring you down.“

—  Nachman of Breslov Ukrainian rabbi 1772 - 1810

היום אתה חש מרומם. אל תתן לימות האתמול והמחר להשפיל את רוחך
Hayom ata hash m'romam. Al titen l'ymot ha'etmol v'hamahar lehashpil at ruhekha.
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„There is a maxim, 'Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.' It is a maxim for sluggards. A better reading of it is, 'Never do today what you can as well do tomorrow,' because something may occur to make you regret your premature action.“

—  Aaron Burr American Vice President and politician 1756 - 1836

Reported in Marshall Brown, Wit and Humor of Bench and Bar (1899), p. 67. Alternately reported as "Never do today what you can put off till tomorrow. Delay may give clearer light as to what is best to be done", reported in Jacob Morton Braude, The Complete Art of Public Speaking‎ (1970), p. 84.

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„Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.“

—  Thomas Jefferson 3rd President of the United States of America 1743 - 1826

„Do not let your TODAY be stolen by the ghost of yesterday or the "To-Do" list of tomorrow!“

—  Steve Maraboli 1975

Source: Life, the Truth, and Being Free (2010), p. 36

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„To worry about tomorrow is to detract from your work today. Time you spend thinking about tomorrow is time you're not spending thinking about what to do today.“

—  Ward Cunningham American computer programmer who developed the first wiki 1949

A Conversation with Ward Cunningham (2003), To Plan or Not To Plan
Context: To worry about tomorrow is to detract from your work today. Time you spend thinking about tomorrow is time you're not spending thinking about what to do today. The place you leave in the code because you think you'll need it tomorrow, is actually a waste of time today — and a liability tomorrow. It does more harm than good.

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„The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.“

—  H. Jackson Brown, Jr. American writer 1940

Source: P.S. I Love You

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