Past Quotes

The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealised past.
Robertson Davies, "A Voice from the Attic", 1960
Carl sandburg, cornhuskers (1918)

Francis scott fitzgerald, the great gatsby - so we beat on, boats against the current, borne...
In order to be utterly happy the only thing necessary is to refrain from comparing this moment with other moments in the past, which I often did not fully enjoy because I was comparing them with other moments of the future.
Andr Gide
The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.
L. P. Hartley
The farther behind I leave the past, the closer I am to forging my own character.
Isabelle Eberhardt

Critics are like pigs at the pastry cart.
John Updike
Learn from the past, Hope for the future, Live in the present.
Ken Lancaste
To live in the past or in the future may be less satisfying than to live in the present, but it can never be as disillusioning.
R. D. Laing
Ursala lequin - to break a promise is to deny the reality of the...
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
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
Rash indeed is he who reckons on the morrow, or haply on days beyond it; for tomorrow is not, until today is past.
Sophocles, Trachiniae
When the present is full of gloom, the past becomes haven of refuge that provides relief and inspiration.
Jawahar Lal Neheru
We ought not to look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dear - Brought experience.
George Washington
Four things come not back - - The spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life, and the neglected opportunity.
Arabian Prove
It is past all controversy that what costs dearest is, and ought to be, most valued.
Miguel de Cervantes
Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Forbes Book of Business Quotations
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
The present is the necessary product of all the past, the necessary cause of all the future.
Robert Green Ingersoll
Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
The past is but the past of a beginning.
H. G. Wells
Disconnecting from change does not recapture the past. It loses the future.
Kathleen Norris, O Magazine, January 2004
The Past Our cradle, not our prison there is danger as well as appeal in its glamor. The past is for inspiration, not imitation, for continuation, not repitition.
Israel Zangwill
In short, the building becomes a theatrical demonstration of its functional ideal. In this romanticism, High - Tech architecture is, of course, no different in spirit - If totally different in form - From all the romantic architecture of the past.
Dan Cruickshank
Nothing that was worthy in the past departs no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die.
Thomas Carlyle
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
To mourn a mischief that is past and gone Is the next way to draw new mischief on.
William Shakespeare
We are a people who do not want to keep much of the past in our heads. It is considered unhealthy in America to remember mistakes, neurotic to think about them, psychotic to dwell on them.
Lillian Hellman
Every advantage in the past is judged in the light of the final issue.
Demosthenes, First Olynthiac
I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.
Alan Watts
You must learn from your past mistakes, but not lean on your past successes.
Denis Watley
The greatest lesson we can learn from the past... is that freedom is at the core of every successful nation in the world.
Frederick Chiluba
It might be said that Lord Rosebery outlived his future by ten years and his past by more than twenty.
Sir Winston Churchill
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
The difference between God and the historians consists above all in the fact that God cannot alter the past.
Samuel Butler, 1835 - 1902
I think we agree, the past is over.
George W. Bush, On his meeting with John McCain, Dallas Morning News, May 10, 2000
As long as anyone believes that his ideal and purpose is outside him, that it is above the clouds, in the past or in the future, he will go outside himself and seek fulfillment where it cannot be found. He will look for solutions and answers at every point except where they can be found - - In himself.
Erich Frohm
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
The future is a hundred thousand threads, but the past is a fabric that can never be rewoven.
Orson Scott Card, Xenocide