Past Quotes

Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. Thse who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
George Santayana
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

Barbara de angelis - the more anger towards the past you carry in your...
You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present.
Jan Glidewell
But the only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible.
Arthur C. Clarke
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.

Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Ken lancaste - learn from the past, hope for the future, live in...
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
Nothing changes more constantly than the past; for the past that influences our lives does not consist of what happened, but of what men believe happened.
Gerald W. Johnston
Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils but present evils triumph over it.
La Rochefoucauld
Geschichte ist... ein Dialog zwischen Gegenwart und Vergangenheit. re - Transl.: History is... a dialogue between the present and the past.
Edward Hallet Carr, Was ist Geschichte?, S. 54
Sir william osle - shut out all of your past except that which will...
Our task is not to fix the blame for the past, but to fix the course for the future.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
The President seems to extend executive privilege way out past the atmosphere. What he says is executive privilege is nothing but executive poppycock.
Sam Ervin
Remember your past mistakes just long enough to profit by them.
Dan McKinnon
Women with pasts interest men... they hope history will repeat itself.
Mae West
Penicillin was indeed the product of accidental discovery, but the discovery was made, and the knowledge developed, because certain scientists had definite goals in mind. Chance, Pastuer wrote, favors only the prepared mind. The mind must be prepared not only by scientific training and technological know - How, but also by the awareness of social needs.
Saturday Review
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
Forgiveness is letting go of the hope that the past can be changed.
Oprah Winfrey
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
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
Each new historical era mirrors itself in the picture and archive mythology of its past or of a past borrowed from other cultures. It tests its sense of identity, of regress or new achievement, against that past.
George Steine
An election is a bet on the future, not a popularity test of the past.
James Barrett Scotty Reston
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
Virtue extends our days: he live two lives who relives his past with pleasure.
Marcus Valerius Martialis, Epigrams
A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.
Sidney J. Harris
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".
Throwing a fastball to Henry Aaron is like trying to sneak the sun past a rooster.
Curt Simmons
A garden is evidence of faith. It links us with all the misty figures of the past who also planted and were nourished by the fruits of their planting.
Gladys Tabe
Disconnecting from change does not recapture the past. It loses the future.
Kathleen Norris, O Magazine, January 2004
Every event that a man would master must be mounted on the run, and no man ever caught the reins of a thought except as it galloped past him.
Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
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
I have had enough experience in all my years, and have read enough of the past, to know that advice to grandchildren is usually wasted.
Harry S Truman
A preoccupation with the future not only prevents us from seeing the present as it is but often prompts us to rearrange the past.
Eric Hoffer, The Passionate State of Mind, 1954
Past and to come seem best things present worst.
Mary Bertone
The past is but the beginning of a beginning.
H. G. Wells
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 farther behind I leave the past, the closer I am to forging my own character.
Isabelle Eberhardt
We think very little of time present; we anticipate the future, as being too slow, and with a view to hasten it onward, we recall the past to stay it as too swiftly gone. We are so thoughtless, that we thus wander through the hours which are not here, regardless only of the moment that is actually our own.
Blaise Pascal