Past Quotes

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
Jim bishop - it is difficult to live in the present,...

Those who stare at the past have their backs turned to the future.
Unknown
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
At every crossroads on the path that leads to the future, tradition has placed 10, 000 men to guard the past.
Maurice Masterlinck
James barrett scotty reston - an election is a bet on the future, not a...

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
Forget the past and live the present hour.
Sarah Knowles Bolton
Gene oliver, life and the artistry of change - my past is my wisdom to use today... my future is...
The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future.
Stephen Ambrose, in Fast Company
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
The future, according to some scientists, will be exactly like the past, only far more expensive.
John Sladek
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
Most of the problems a President has to face have their roots in the past.
Harry S Truman
You can never plan the future by the past.
Edmund Burke
The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealised past.
Robertson Davies, "A Voice from the Attic", 1960
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
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.
The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.
L. P. Hartley
Do not look back. And do not dream about the future, either. It will neither give you back the past, nor satisfy your other daydreams. Your duty, your reward - Your destiny - Are here and now.
Dag Hammarskjold, newpaper quote of the day
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
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
Disconnecting from change does not recapture the past. It loses the future.
Kathleen Norris, O Magazine, January 2004
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
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
Remember your past mistakes just long enough to profit by them.
Dan McKinnon
Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils; but present evils triumph over it.
Francois De La Rochefoucauld
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
As I rejected amnesty, so I reject revenge. I ask all Americans who ever asked for goodness and mercy in their lives, who ever sought forgiveness for their trespasses, to join in rehabilitating all the casualties of the tragic conflict of the past. On Americans who avoided conscription during the Vietnam War, to Veterans of Foreign Wars.
Gerald R. Ford
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
Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge, The Forbes Book of Business Quotations
He who controls the past controls the future.
George Orwell, "Nineteen Eighty - Four".
The past is certain, the future obscure.
Thales
The thought of our past years in me doth breed Perpetual benedictions.
William Wordsworth
Things that are done, it is needless to speak about... things that are past, it is needless to blame.
Confucius, The Confucian Analects
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
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
The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone.
George Eliot
Women with pasts interest men... they hope history will repeat itself.
Mae West
Critics are like pigs at the pastry cart.
John Updike