Past Quotes

Sick I am of idle words, past all reconciling, Words that weary and perplex and pander and conceal, Wake the sounds that cannot lie, for all their sweet beguiling The language one need fathom not, but only hear and feel.
George Du Maurie
Sir william osle - shut out all of your past except that which will...

Herb caen - i tend to live in the past because most of my...
Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show you a man who never makes anything. The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass. The only men who are past the danger of making mistakes are the men who sleep at Greenwood.
H. L. Wayland
Every event that a man would master must be mounted on the run, and no man ever caught the reins of a thought except as it galloped past him.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Science and technology revolutionize our lives, but memory, tradition and myth frame our response. Expelled from individual consciousness by the rush of change, history finds its revenge by stamping the collective unconsciousness with habits, values, expectations, dreams. The dialectic between past and future will continue to form our lives.
Arthur Schlesinger, Jr.

The future is a hundred thousand threads, but the past is a fabric that can never be rewoven.
Orson Scott Card, Xenocide
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
You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present.
Jan Glidewell
Vernon coope - these days people seek knowledge, not wisdom....
Never let a stain from the past put a mark on your future.
Jillian Graham, Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul
It would be naive to think that the problems plaguing mankind today can be solved with means and methods which were applied or seemed to work in the past...
Mikhail Gorbachev, (1988)
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
Virtue extends our days: he live two lives who relives his past with pleasure.
Marcus Valerius Martialis, Epigrams
Yes, there is a Nirvanah; it is leading your sheep to a green pasture, and in putting your child to sleep, and in writing the last line of your poem.
Kahlil Gibran, Essay on Robert Frost, quoted in N. Y.. Times: Obit - Editorial, April 1982
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
Those who stare at the past have their backs turned to the future.
Unknown
One day at a time - This is enough. Do not look back and grieve over the past, for it is gone; and do not be troubled about the future, for it has not yet come. Live in the present, and make it so beautiful that it will be worth remembering.
Ida Scott Taylor.
The past is a guide post, not a hitching post.
L. Thomas Holdcroft
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
I have made good judgements in the Past. I have made good judgements in the Future.
Dan Quayle
It is because modern education is so seldom inspired by a great hope that it so seldom achieves great results. The wish to preserve the past rather that the hope of creating the future dominates the minds of those who control the teaching of the young.
Bertrand Russell
Virtue extends our days he live two lives who relives his past with pleasure.
Marcus Valerius Martialis
Women with pasts interest men... they hope history will repeat itself.
Mae West
History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.
Napoleon Bonaparte
It is impossible to live in the past, difficult to live in the present and a waste to live in the future.
Frank Herbert, Dune
Gratitude is born in hearts that take time to count up past mercies.
Charles E. Jefferson
This only is denied to God: the power to undo the past.
Agathon, from Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics
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
Forgiveness means letting go of the past.
Gerald Jampolsky
You must learn from your past mistakes, but not lean on your past successes.
Denis Watley
I believe the future is only the past again, entered through another gate.
Arthur Wing Pinero
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
Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
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
Without freedom from the past, there is no freedom at all, because the mind is never new, fresh, innocent.
Krishnamurti
I see young men, my townsmen, whose misfortune it is to have inherited farms, houses, cattle, barns, and farming tools, for these are more easily acquired than gotten rid of. Better if they had been born in the open pasture and suckled by a wolf, that they might have seen with clearer eyes what field they were called to labour in.
Henry David Thoreau, Walden
It might be said that Lord Rosebery outlived his future by ten years and his past by more than twenty.
Sir Winston Churchill
He who controls the past commands the future. He who commands the future conquers the past.
George Orwell
When God wants to speak and deal with us, he does not avail himself of an angel but of parents, or the pastor, or of our neighbor.
Martin Luthe