Past Quotes

George santayana - progress, far from consisting in change, depends...
The farther behind I leave the past, the closer I am to forging my own character.
Isabelle Eberhardt

Forgiveness means letting go of the past.
Gerald Jampolsky
George orwell - he who controls the past commands the future. he...
I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes.
Carl Sandburg, Cornhuskers (1918) "Prairie".
Harry s truman - most of the problems a president has to face have...

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
A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today - - And in fact we have forgotten.
Euripides
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
As I have discovered by examining my past, I started out as a child. Coincidentally, so did my brother. My mother did not put all her eggs in one basket, so to speak she gave me a younger brother named Russel, who taught me what was meant by survival of the fittest.
Bill Cosby
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
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
Our task is not to fix the blame for the past, but to fix the course for the future.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
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 than the hope of creating the future dominates the minds of those who control the teaching of the young.
Bertrand Russell
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
Buddha
To mourn a mischief that is past and gone Is the next way to draw new mischief on.
William Shakespeare
Things that are done, it is needless to speak about... things that are past, it is needless to blame.
Confucius, The Confucian Analects
You must learn from your past mistakes, but not lean on your past successes.
Denis Watley
Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Living in the past is a dull and lonely business looking back strains the neck muscles, causes you to bump into people not going your way.
Edna Ferbe
Reflect on your present blessings, of which every man has many not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
Charles Dickens
Those who stare at the past have their backs turned to the future.
Unknown
Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present - - which seldom happens to us.
La Bruyere
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
It might be said that Lord Rosebery outlived his future by ten years and his past by more than twenty.
Sir Winston Churchill
The present is the necessary product of all the past, the necessary cause of all the future.
Robert Green Ingersoll
The thought of our past years in me doth breed Perpetual benedictions.
William Wordsworth
Life is divided into three terms - That which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present to live better in the future.
William Wordsworth
Look not mournfully into the Past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the Present. In is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy Future, without fear, and a manly heart.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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
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
Leaders are the ones who keep faith with the past, keep step with the present and keep the promise to posterity.
Harold J. Seymore
I know of no way to judge the future but by the past.
Patrick Henry
It is not the literal past that rules us, save, possibly, in a biological sense. It is images of the past.
George Steine
Virtue extends our days he live two lives who relives his past with pleasure.
Marcus Valerius Martialis
I think we agree, the past is over.
George W. Bush, On his meeting with John McCain, Dallas Morning News, May 10, 2000
Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Gratitude is born in hearts that take time to count up past mercies.
Charles E. Jefferson
Man spends his life in reasoning on the past, in complaining of the present, in fearing future.
Antoine Rivarol