21 Literary Quotes To Help You Stay Present

One of my favorite parts of reading books is the quotes. The sentence or two that pops off the page, and gives me a little high five (or sometimes a little smack) and insists I write it down, highlight or post it note it, or in some way make it easy to get back to. These quotes are often times the pieces of books I carry with me in every day life. They are the pieces I cling to when times are tough and remembering to remember feels impossible.

I’ve chosen some of my favorite quotes, and the ones I find helpful. You’ll also find the author of the quote and a link to the book it came out of. If you find the quote resonates with you, chances are the book may too. Feel free to click the link and take a look at the book. (the book links in this post are affiliate links so if you click the link and decide to purchase the book I will get a small commission ~ thank you. I appreciate you.)

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21 Literary Quotes to Help you Stay Present


literary mindfulness quotes
~ Thích Nhất Hạnh ~ Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life

[bctt tweet=”When we train our minds to focus on love rather than on problems, we feel better. ~ @AshleyDavisBush”]

~ Ashley D. Bush ~ Shortcuts to Inner Peace: 70 Simple Paths to Everyday Serenity


the person we want to be is present
~ Allan Lokos ~ Pocket Peace: Effective Practices for Enlightened Living

[bctt tweet=”If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath. ~ Amit Ray”]

~ Amit Ray ~ Om Chanting and Meditation

Carla Naumburg quote

~ Carla Naumburg ~ Parenting in the Present Moment

[bctt tweet=”When living present, we are aware of the ordinary moments of our lives, which are extraordinary. ~ @peacefulbarb”]

~ Barb Schmidt ~ The Practice: Simple Tools for Managing Stress, Finding Inner Peace, and Uncovering Happiness

allan lokos quote

~ Allan Lokos ~ Patience, The Art of Peaceful Living

[bctt tweet=”Openness doesn’t come from resisting our fears but from getting to know them well. ~ Pema Chodron”]

~ Pema Chodron ~ The Places that Scare You 

happiness is power quote

~ Danielle Laporte ~ The Desire Map

[bctt tweet=”Restore your attention or bring it to a new level by dramatically slowing down whatever you’re doing. ~ Sharon Salzberg”]

~ Sharon Salzberg ~ Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation

timber hawkeye quote

~ Timber Hawkeye ~ Buddhist Boot Camp

[bctt tweet=”All of us are free to change our minds, and as we change our minds, our experiences will also change. MJ Ryan”]

~ M.J Ryan ~ Attitudes of Gratitude

jackie lee quote

~ Jackie Lee ~ 50 Opportunities for Mindfulness in Everyday Life

[bctt tweet=”You will need to be proactive in order not to forget. One way to accomplish this is to carve out time to just be with yourself ~ B. Lonnsbury”]

~ Bonni Lonnsbury ~ The Map: To Our Responsive Universe, Where Dreams Really Do Come True!

make friends with this moment

~ Dan Harris ~ 10% Happier

[bctt tweet=”“Don’t let a day go by without asking who you are…each time you let a new ingredient to enter your awareness.” ~ @DeepakChopra”]

~ Deepak Chopra ~ The Book of Secrets: Unlocking the Hidden Dimensions of Your Life


orange rhino quote

~ The Orange Rhino ~ Yell Less, Love More

[bctt tweet=”Meditation is the ultimate mobile device; you can use it anywhere, anytime, unobtrusively.”]

~ Sharon Salzberg ~ Real Happiness: The Power of Meditation

sylvia boorstein quote
~ Sylvia Boorstein ~ Don’t Just Do Something, Sit There: A Mindfulness Retreat with Sylvia Boorstein

[bctt tweet=”Before entering a new door, take a moment to pause and breathe. “]

~ Jackie Lee ~ 50 Opportunities for Mindfulness in Everyday Life

hold what is in your hand
~ Anna White ~  Mended: Thoughts on Life, Love, and Leaps of Faith

There you have them… 21 literary quotes to help you stay present. I hope you found some new quotes, and in turn have been led to some new books. There’s nothing better, for me, than finding a blog post that leads down a rabbit hole of more and more books. 🙂

What’s your favorite literary quote that helps you stay present? 

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One Response to 21 Literary Quotes To Help You Stay Present

  1. Kelly says:

    Awesome! I need to post a few of these around my house to remind me to stay present 🙂

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