Past Quotes

Elizabeth ii - it is easy enough to define what the commonwealth...
We can draw lessons from the past, but we cannot live in it.
Lyndon B. Johnson, December 13, 1963

Far better to think historically, to remember the lessons of the past. Thus, far better to conceive of power as consisting in part of the knowledge of when not to use all the power you have. Far better to be one who knows that if you reserve the power not to use all your power, you will lead others far more successfully and well.
A. Bartlett Giamatti, President of Yale University
Alfred north whitehead - the only use of a knowledge of the past is to...
I tend to live in the past because most of my life is there.
Herb Caen
Sean stewart, perfect circle, 2004 - the present is a rope stretched over the past....

The past is certain, the future obscure.
Thales
An election is a bet on the future, not a popularity test of the past.
James Barrett Scotty Reston
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
Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present - - which seldom happens to us.
La Bruyere
The first recipe for happiness is Avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.
Andr Maurois
We must respect the past, and mistrust the present, if we wish to provide for the safety of the future.
Jeseph Joubert
The more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are for loving in the present.
Barbara de Angelis
At every crossroads on the path that leads to the future, tradition has placed 10, 000 men to guard the past.
Maurice Masterlinck
God cannot alter the past, but historians can.
Samuel Butle
For there is no greater pain, than to remember in present grief, past happinesses.
Dante, The Divine Comedy
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
Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Critics are like pigs at the pastry cart.
John Updike
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
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
Over the past ten years, for the first time, intelligence had become socially correct for girls.
Tom Wolfe, "Bonfire of the Vanities".
Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. Thse who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
George Santayana
Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present - which seldom happens to us.
Jean De La Bruyere
Rash indeed is he who reckons on the morrow, or haply on days beyond it; for tomorrow is not, until today is past.
Sophocles, Trachiniae
Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
George Orwell
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
Every advantage in the past is judged in the light of the final issue.
Demosthenes, First Olynthiac
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 mind of man is capable of anything - - Because everything is in it, all the past as well as all the future.
Joseph Conrad
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
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
George Santayana
Virtue extends our days: he live two lives who relives his past with pleasure.
Marcus Valerius Martialis, Epigrams
We are a people who do not want to keep much of the past in our heads. It is considered unhealthy in America to remember mistakes, neurotic to think about them, psychotic to dwell on them.
Lillian Hellman
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
Most of the problems a President has to face have their roots in the past.
Harry S Truman
The only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
Arthur C. Clarke
Be positive in addressing the envelope to your future, For enclosed are your efforts from the past. Be certain of the postage and double check what class.
Unknown
Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.
Melody Beattie
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