Past Quotes

A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.
Robert Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazurus Long
Charles dickens - reflect on your present blessings, of which every...

Frederick henry hedge - every man is his own ancestor, and every man is...
Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good.
Thomas Sowell, Is Reality Optional?, 1993
I say that democracy can never prove itself beyond cavil, until it founds and luxuriantly grows its own forms of art, poems, schools, theology, displacing all that exists, or that has been produced anywhere in the past, under opposite influences.
Walt Whitman
It is past all controversy that what costs dearest is, and ought to be, most valued.
Miguel de Cervantes

The past is the tomorrow that got away.
Leonard L. Levinson
Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.
Laurence J. Pete
While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future.
Ronald Reagan
Unknown - i have but one lamp by which my feet are guided,...
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, worry about the future, or anticipate troubles but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly.
Buddha
The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
Arthur C. Clarke
He who controls the past commands the future. He who commands the future conquers the past.
George Orwell
Four things come not back - - The spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life, and the neglected opportunity.
Arabian Prove
The future is a hundred thousand threads, but the past is a fabric that can never be rewoven.
Orson Scott Card, Xenocide
Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
Albert Einstein
I know of no way to judge the future but by the past.
Patrick Henry
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
George Bernard Shaw
A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today - - And in fact we have forgotten.
Euripides
Be positive in addressing the envelope to your future, For enclosed are your efforts from the past. Be certain of the postage and double check what class.
Unknown
Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. If no use is made of the labors of past ages, the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge.
Cicero
I believe the future is only the past again, entered through another gate.
Arthur Wing Pinero
For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history myself.
Sir Winston Churchill
A strange thing is memory, and hope one looks backward, and the other forward one is of today, the other of tomorrow. Memory is history recorded in our brain, memory is a painter, it paints pictures of the past and of the day.
Anna Mary Robertson Moses
Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Look back, and smile on perils past.
Sir Walter Scott
Nothing changes more constantly than the past; for the past that influences our lives does not consist of what happened, but of what men believe happened.
Gerald W. Johnston
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
Francis Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
The Past: Our cradle, not our prison; there is danger as well as appeal in its glamour. The past is for inspiration, not imitation, for continuation, not repetition.
Israel Zangwill
All of us, whether guilty or not, whether old or young, must accept the past. ... It is not a case of coming to terms with the past. That is not possible. It cannot be subsequently modified or undone.
Richard von Weizscke
Heal the past, Live the present, Dream the future.
Unknown
Nothing that was worthy in the past departs no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die.
Thomas Carlyle
Virtue extends our days: he live two lives who relives his past with pleasure.
Marcus Valerius Martialis, Epigrams
Whoso neglects learning in his youth, Loses the past and is dead for the future.
Euripides, Phrixus
At every crossroads on the path that leads to the future, tradition has placed 10, 000 men to guard the past.
Maurice Masterlinck
People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
Albert Einstein
Some of the best lessons we ever learn are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future.
Dr. Dale E. Turne
So different are the colours of life, as we look forward to the future, or backward to the past and so different the opinions and sentiments which this contrariety of appearance naturally produces, that the conversation of the old and young ends generally with contempt or pity on either side.
Victor Hugo
History repeats itself and history never repeats itself are about equally trueWe never know enough about the infinitely complex circumstances of any past event to prophesy the future by analogy.
George Macaulay Trevelyan
The only use of a knowledge of the past is to equip us for the present. The present contains all that there is. It is holy ground; for it is the past, and it is the future.
Alfred North Whitehead