Past Quotes

We do not live to extenuate the miseries of the past nor to accept as incurable those of the present.
Fairfield Osborne
Jeseph joubert - we must respect the past, and mistrust the...

Napoleon bonaparte - history is the version of past events that people...
The present is the necessary product of all the past, the necessary cause of all the future.
Robert Green Ingersoll
Those who stare at the past have their backs turned to the future.
Unknown
Look back, and smile on perils past.
Sir Walter Scott

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
The future is a hundred thousand threads, but the past is a fabric that can never be rewoven.
Orson Scott Card, Xenocide
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
John steinbeck, the winter of our discontent - most people live ninety percent in the past,...
He who controls the past commands the future. He who commands the future conquers the past.
George Orwell
Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Remember your past mistakes just long enough to profit by them.
Dan McKinnon
Sundown, yellow moon, I replay the past. I know every scene by heart, they all went by so fast.
Bob Dylan, "If you see her, say hello".
It is not the literal past that rules us, save, possibly, in a biological sense. It is images of the past.
George Steine
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
Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils; but present evils triumph over it.
Francois De La Rochefoucauld
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
At every crossroads on the path that leads to the future, tradition has placed 10, 000 men to guard the past.
Maurice Masterlinck
I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes.
Carl Sandburg, Cornhuskers (1918) "Prairie".
Telling the future by looking at the past assumes that conditions remain constant. This is like driving a car by looking in the rearview mirror.
Herb Brody
The future, according to some scientists, will be exactly like the past, only far more expensive.
John Sladek
Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart and his friends can only read the title.
Virginia Woolf
Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present - - which seldom happens to us.
La Bruyere
We live in the present, we dream of the future, but we learn eternal truths from the past.
Madame Chiang
These days people seek knowledge, not wisdom. Knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future.
Vernon Coope
Most of the problems a President has to face have their roots in the past.
Harry S Truman
The past is certain, the future obscure.
Thales
To mourn a mischief that is past and gone Is the next way to draw new mischief on.
William Shakespeare
Nothing is quite so wretchedly corrupt as an aristocracy which has lost its power but kept its wealth and which still has endless leisure to devote to nothing but banal enjoyments. All its great thoughts and passionate energy are things of the past, and nothing but a host of petty, gnawing vices now cling to it like worms to a corpse.
Alexis Charles Henri Clrel de Tocqueville
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
Memory is a giggling sprite and will not be tamed. She takes flight the moment the present becomes the past.
Real Live Preacher, weblog, 04 - 29 - 04
Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
George Orwell
Leaders are the ones who keep faith with the past, keep step with the present and keep the promise to posterity.
Harold J. Seymore
Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.
Thich Nhat Hanh
Whoso neglects learning in his youth, Loses the past and is dead for the future.
Euripides
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
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
A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.
Robert Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazurus Long
While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future.
Ronald Reagan