Past Quotes

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
You must learn from your past mistakes, but not lean on your past successes.
Denis Watley

Scottish prove - danger past, god forgotten....
Our task is not to fix the blame for the past, but to fix the course for the future.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter.
William Ralph Inge
He who controls the past commands the future. He who commands the future conquers the past.
George Orwell

Remember your past mistakes just long enough to profit by them.
Dan McKinnon
Henry wadsworth longfellow - look not mournfully into the past. it comes not...
Nothing that was worthy in the past departs no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die.
Thomas Carlyle
The present is the necessary product of all the past, the necessary cause of all the future.
Robert Green Ingersoll
It is past all controversy that what costs dearest is, and ought to be, most valued.
Miguel de Cervantes
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
Buddha
Madame chiang - we live in the present, we dream of the future,...
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
George Bernard Shaw
The superior man acquaints himself with many sayings of antiquity and many deeds of the past, in order to strengthen his character thereby.
I Ching
Those who stare at the past have their backs turned to the future.
Unknown
We ought not to look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dear - Brought experience.
George Washington
To mature means to take responsibility for your life, to be on your own. Psychoanalysis fosters the infantile state by considering that the past is responsible for the illness.
Fritz Perls
Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life.
Thich Nhat Hanh
One must never lose time in vainly regretting the past or in complaining against the changes which cause us discomfort, for change is the essence of life.
Anatole France
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
Shut out all of your past except that which will help you weather your tomorrows.
Sir William Osle
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
The past is but the beginning of a beginning.
H. G. Wells
You must learn some of my philosophy. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Every man is his own ancestor, and every man is his own heir. He devises his own future, and he inherits his own past.
Frederick Henry Hedge
I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know no way of judging the future but by the past.
Unknown
Sick I am of idle words, past all reconciling, Words that weary and perplex and pander and conceal, Wake the sounds that cannot lie, for all their sweet beguiling; The language one need fathom not, but only hear and feel.
George Du Maurie
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
To mourn a mischief that is past and gone Is the next way to draw new mischief on.
William Shakespeare
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
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
Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
George Santayana
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.
Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.
Wayne W Dye
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
No facts are to me sacred none are profane I simply experiment, an endless seeker with no Past at my back.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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
Traditionalists are pessimists about the future and optimists about the past.
Lewis Mumford
I must not fear. Fear is the mind - Killer. Fear is the little - Death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
Frank Herbert, Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear, "Dune".