“Know the value of time; snatch, seize, and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness; no laziness; no procrastination; Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” — Lord Chesterfield


To realize the value of ten years: Ask a newly divorced couple.

To realize the value of four years: Ask a graduate.

To realize the value of one year: Ask a student who has failed a final exam.

To realize the value of nine months: Ask a mother who gave birth to a stillborn.

To realize the value of one month: Ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

To realize the value of one week: Ask an editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realize the value of one hour: Ask Lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realize the value of one minute: Ask a person who has missed the train, bus or plane.

To realize the value of one second: Ask a person who has survived an accident.

To realize the value of one millisecond: Ask the person who has won a silver medal in the Olympics.

To realize the value of a friend: Lose one.

Time waits for no one.

Treasure every moment you have.


Time is a dressmaker specializing in alterations.” — Faith Baldwin (Effective Time Management)


The past is history. The future is mystery. The present is a gift. We must learn to respect the present.


I keep telling my people that one should learn from the past but one should not live in the past. My concern is to look to the future, learn from the past and deal with the present.” — George Fernandes


“Doing your best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment.” — Oprah Winfrey


The mind has a tendency to dwell in the past or wander into the future. The mind forges a chain to bind itself to the dead past or to an uncertain future, constantly avoiding the present.

Life is neither lived in the tomb of the dead moments of the past nor in the womb of the unborn moments of the future. Life is not a continuous procession of past regrets and future anxieties. Never ever live with regret. We cannot change a single moment of our past. Life is lived dynamically in the present. The present moment is all that we have at our disposal.

The mind should be freed from the past, which exists but as memory, and the future, which exists but as worry — a mixture of fear and hope. Only the present is. It is a ‘present’ from God. Reality is to love and respect our ‘present’.


Living in the present means conscious action, not mechanical movement.


Time is life. It is irreversible and irreplaceable. To waste your time is to waste your life, but to master your time is to master your life and make the most of it.”  — Alan Lakein

Time is a non-renewable resource. It can neither be recovered nor be replenished. Once it is lost, it remains lost. Therefore, wastage of time is the most extravagant of all wastage.


Look to this day

For yesterday is but a dream,

And tomorrow is only a vision,

But today, well lived,

Makes every yesterday a dream of happiness

And every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day.”

 Sanskrit Proverb


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  1. Sanjay chauhan

    Hari Aum !

    Swamiji, it’s very difficult for a person to be staying in present, as recalling past he is mostly worried about his future….Most of the people do.
    As it’s a very good article with marvelous examples about value of time and explaining how to stay in present and enjoy.
    I suppose every individual should follow this and stay happy.

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