Past Quotes

Do not look back. And do not dream about the future, either. It will neither give you back the past, nor satisfy your other daydreams. Your duty, your reward - Your destiny - Are here and now.
Dag Hammarskjold, newpaper quote of the day
Euripides - a nation which has forgotten the quality of...

Oliver wendell holmes jr. - every event that a man would master must be...
You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present.
Jan Glidewell
I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes.
Carl Sandburg, Cornhuskers (1918) "Prairie".
Nothing in all the world is so nonsensical and contradictory, save mortals, that is, who live in the grip of the superstitions of the past.
Anne Rice, The Vampire Lestat

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know no way of judging the future but by the past.
Unknown
The rest of the world is sweeping past us. The oil and gas of the Texas future is the well - Educated mind. But we are still worried about whether Midland can beat Odessa at football.
Mark White
The remarkable thing we have is a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... We cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude.
Charles R. Swindoll
John fitzgerald kennedy - change is the law of life. and those who look...
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 reading of all good books is indeed like a conversation with the noblest men of past centuries who were the authors of them, nay a carefully studied conversation, in which they reveal to us none but the best of their thoughts.
Rene Descartes
Life is a culmination of the past, an awareness of the present, an indication of a future beyond knowledge, the quality that gives a touch of divinity to matter.
Charles Augustus Lindbergh, Jr.
Trust no future, however pleasant Let the dead past bury its dead Act, - Act in the living Present Heart within and God overhead.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.
Robert Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazurus Long
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.
Buddha
Look not mournfully into the Past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the Present. In is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy Future, without fear, and a manly heart.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The President seems to extend executive privilege way out past the atmosphere. What he says is executive privilege is nothing but executive poppycock.
Sam Ervin
The superior man acquaints himself with many sayings of antiquity and many deeds of the past, in order to strengthen his character thereby.
I Ching
Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.
Wayne W Dye
A garden is evidence of faith. It links us with all the misty figures of the past who also planted and were nourished by the fruits of their planting.
Gladys Tabe
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
Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
Charles Dickens
Shut out all of your past except that which will help you weather your tomorrows.
Sir William Osle
To mature means to take responsibility for your life, to be on your own. Psychoanalysis fosters the infantile state by considering that the past is responsible for the illness.
Fritz Perls
But the only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
Arthur C. Clarke
Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
Buddha
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Melody Beattie
The past is but the past of a beginning.
H. G. Wells
Virtue extends our days he live two lives who relives his past with pleasure.
Marcus Valerius Martialis
History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.
Napoleon Bonaparte
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
Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present - which seldom happens to us.
Jean De La Bruyere
The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.
George Eliot
Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.
Soren Kierkegaard
Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils; but present evils triumph over it.
Francois De La Rochefoucauld
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
I think we agree, the past is over.
George W. Bush, On his meeting with John McCain, Dallas Morning News, May 10, 2000
The past itself, as historical change continues to accelerate, has become the most surreal of subjects - - Making it possible to see a new beauty in what is vanishing.
Susan Sontag