Past Quotes

Now he has departed from this strange world a little ahead of me. That means nothing. People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
Albert Einstein
Robert benchley - defining and analyzing humor is a pastime of...

George du maurie - sick i am of idle words, past all reconciling,...
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
George Bernard Shaw
The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.
L. P. Hartley
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

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
This ONLY is denied God The power to undo the past.
Ambrose Gwinett Bierce
The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.
L. P. Hartley, The Go - Between
George steine - each new historical era mirrors itself in the...
Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.
Soren Kierkegaard
Disconnecting from change does not recapture the past. It loses the future.
Kathleen Norris, O Magazine, January 2004
For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history myself.
Sir Winston Churchill
A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.
Robert Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazurus Long
The future is a hundred thousand threads, but the past is a fabric that can never be rewoven.
Orson Scott Card, Xenocide
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
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
People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
Albert Einstein
Traditionalists are pessimists about the future and optimists about the past.
Lewis Mumford
Heal the past, Live the present, Dream the future.
Unknown
When the present is full of gloom, the past becomes haven of refuge that provides relief and inspiration.
Jawahar Lal Neheru
Shut out all of your past except that which will help you weather your tomorrows.
Sir William Osle
Never let a stain from the past put a mark on your future.
Jillian Graham, Chicken Soup for the Preteen Soul
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 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
The past is but the past of a beginning.
H. G. Wells
God cannot alter the past, but historians can.
Samuel Butle
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
We live in the present, we dream of the future, but we learn eternal truths from the past.
Madame Chiang
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
One problem with gazing too frequently into the past is that we may turn around to find the future has run out on us.
Michael Cibenko
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
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
Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter.
William Ralph Inge
Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
George Santayana
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
The future is the past returning through another gate.
Arnold Glasgow
This only is denied to God the power to undo the past.
Agathon
For the first time in the history of our country the majority of our people believe that the next five years will be worse than the past five years.
James Earl Jimmy Carter, Jr.
Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.
Laurence J. Pete