Past Quotes

Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils; but present evils triumph over it.
Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Gerald w. johnston - nothing changes more constantly than the past;...

George santayana - those who cannot remember the past are condemned...
Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many; not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
Charles Dickens
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
This only is denied to God: the power to undo the past.
Agathon, from Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics

We can draw lessons from the past, but we cannot live in it.
Lyndon B. Johnson, December 13, 1963
History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Geschichte ist... ein Dialog zwischen Gegenwart und Vergangenheit. re - Transl.: History is... a dialogue between the present and the past.
Edward Hallet Carr, Was ist Geschichte?, S. 54
Euripides - a nation which has forgotten the quality of...
To mourn a mischief that is past and gone Is the next way to draw new mischief on.
William Shakespeare
When the present is full of gloom, the past becomes haven of refuge that provides relief and inspiration.
Jawahar Lal Neheru
The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet.
Edward Thomas, Poems (1917) "Early One Morning".
Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.
Soren Kierkegaard
An election is a bet on the future, not a popularity test of the past.
James Barrett Scotty Reston
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
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
Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present - - which seldom happens to us.
La Bruyere
Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.
Laurence J. Pete
The farther behind I leave the past, the closer I am to forging my own character.
Isabelle Eberhardt
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
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 future, according to some scientists, will be exactly like the past, only far more expensive.
John Sladek
Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragements and doubts. We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts, and the painful groping. We see our past achievements as the end results of a clean forward thrust, and our present difficulties as signs of decline and decay.
Eric Hoffe
Every man is his own ancestor, and every man is his own heir. He devises his own future, and he inherits his own past.
Frederick Henry Hedge
Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. Thse who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
George Santayana
Deem not life a thing of consequence. For look at the yawning void of the future, and at that other limitless space, the past.
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
Change is the law of life; and those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.
John F. Kennedy
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
We must never allow the future to be weighed down by memory. For children have no past, and that is the whole secret of the magical innocence of their smiles.
Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting
To state the facts frankly is not to despair the future nor indict the past. The prudent heir takes careful inventory of his legacies and gives a faithful accounting to those whom he owes an obligation of trust.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
It is past all controversy that what costs dearest is, and ought to be, most valued.
Miguel de Cervantes
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
I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
Thomas Jefferson
A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.
Robert Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazurus Long
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
Past and to come seem best things present worst.
Mary Bertone
Forgiveness means letting go of the past.
Gerald Jampolsky
Forgiveness is letting go of the hope that the past can be changed.
Oprah Winfrey
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