Past Quotes

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
People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
Albert Einstein

George orwell - he who controls the past commands the future. he...
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
Throwing a fastball to Henry Aaron is like trying to sneak the sun past a rooster.
Curt Simmons
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

Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present - - which seldom happens to us.
La Bruyere
Erich frohm - as long as anyone believes that his ideal and...
A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.
Robert Heinlein, The Notebooks of Lazurus Long
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".
Remember your past mistakes just long enough to profit by them.
Dan McKinnon
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
John updike - critics are like pigs at the pastry cart....
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
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
While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future.
Ronald Reagan
The thought of our past years in me doth breed Perpetual benedictions.
William Wordsworth
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 more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are for loving in the present.
Barbara de Angelis
Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.
Maya Angelou
Disconnecting from change does not recapture the past. It loses the future.
Kathleen Norris, O Magazine, January 2004
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
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
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
Things that are done, it is needless to speak about... things that are past, it is needless to blame.
Confucius, The Confucian Analects
The past is the tomorrow that got away.
Leonard L. Levinson
The future, according to some scientists, will be exactly like the past, only far more expensive.
John Sladek
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
I tend to live in the past because most of my life is there.
Herb Caen
It would be naive to think that the problems plaguing mankind today can be solved with means and methods which were applied or seemed to work in the past...
Mikhail Gorbachev, (1988)
I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
Thomas Jefferson
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
Women with pasts interest men... they hope history will repeat itself.
Mae West
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".
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 that the hope of creating the future dominates the minds of those who control the teaching of the young.
Bertrand Russell
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
I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes.
Carl Sandburg, Cornhuskers (1918) "Prairie".
Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Rash indeed is he who reckons on the morrow, or haply on days beyond it for tomorrow is not, until today is past.
Sophocles
Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
George Santayana