We cannot always assure the future of our friends; we have a better chance of assuring our future if we remember who our friends are.
(Henry Kissinger (b. 1923), German-born U.S. Republican politician, secretary of state. "A Visit to the Shah of Iran," ch. 29, The White House Years (1979).
Said of the changing U.S. policy toward the Shah of Iran.)
'Realize that even the future is a dynamic place. The present expresses the future in terms of the past. The past, when it is close to the present, is close to the future. Gear the present to the future by using the past! If you can, imagine that the past is still alive! Imagine that the future already has consciousness! Attempt to live the 'eternal present'! The way to gauge the eternal present is your level of health and well-being! If you are even marginally successful, you can have a long life! '