"The humans live in time but our Enemy destines them to eternity. He therefore, I believe, wants them to attend chiefly to two things, to eternity itself, and to that point of time which they call the Present."

"He would therefore have them continually concerned either with eternity (which means being concerned with Him) or with the Present...or else obeying the present voice of conscience, bearing the present cross, receiving the present grace, giving thanks for the present pleasure."
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"With this in view, we sometimes tempt a human (say a widow or a scholar) to live in the Past."

"It is far better to make them live in the Future. Biological necessity makes all their passions point in that direction already..."

"Gratitude looks to the past and love to the present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead."

"To be sure, the Enemy wants men to think of the Future too - just so much as is necessary for now planning the acts of justice or charity which will probably be their duty tomorrow."

"But we want man hag-ridden by the Future - haunted by visions of an imminent heaven or hell upon earth - ready to break the Enemy's commands in the present if by so doing we make him think he can attain the one or avert the other..."