Past sayings | Past quotes | Past mottos
Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions, false memories, false namings of real events. - Adrienne Rich
I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes, so live not in your yesterdays, no just for tomorrow, but in the here and now. Keep moving and forget the post mortems; and remember, no one can get the jump on the future. - Carl Sandburg
Living in the past has one thing going for it; it's cheaper! - Saying
What is past is prologue. - William Shakespeare
The next day is never so good as the day before. - Publilius Syrus
The beauty of the past is that it is the past. The beauty of the now is to know it. The beauty of the future is to see where one is going. - Source Unknown
The destruction of the past is perhaps the greatest of all crimes. - Simone Weil
The Past -- the dark unfathomed retrospect! The teeming gulf --the sleepers and the shadows! The past! the infinite greatness of the past! For what is the present after all but a growth out of the past? - Walt Whitman
Those who do remember it will find new ways to screw it up. - Charles Wolfe
It's linkage I'm talking about, and harmonies and structures, And all the various things that lock our wrists to the past. - Charles Wright
Think of your forefathers! Think of your posterity. - John Adams
Nothing is improbable until it moves into past tense. - George Ade
It is one thing to learn about the past; it is another to wallow in it. - Kenneth Auchincloss
Nostalgia is a seductive liar. - George W. Ball
I cannot sing the old songs, Or dream those dreams again, - Charlotte Barnard
As lousy as things are now, tomorrow they will be somebody's good old days. - Gerald Barzan
The true picture of the past flits by. The past can be seized only as an image which flashes up at the instant when it can be recognized and is never seen again. - Walter Benjamin
The past grows gradually around one, like a placenta for dying. - John Berger
Many are always praising the by-gone time, for it is natural that the old should extol the days of their youth; the weak, the time of their strength; the sick, the season of their vigor; and the disappointed, the spring-tide of their hopes. - Caleb Bingham
Yesterday is a canceled check: Forget it. Tomorrow is a promissory note: Don't count on it. Today is ready cash: Use it! - Edwin C. Bliss
May you look back on the past with as much pleasure as you look forward to the future. - Paul Dickson
The past always looks better than it was because it isn't here. - Finley Peter Dunne
It is not the literal past, the "facts" of history, that shape us, but images of the past embodied in language. - Brian Friel
To design the future effectively, you must first let go of your past. - Charles J. Givens
Look to the past for guidance into the future. - Robert Jacob Goodkin
We live in a world where amnesia is the most wished-for state. When did history become a bad word? - John Guare
The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there. - Leslie P. Hartley
Every man is his own ancestor, and every man his own heir. He devises his own fortune, and he inherits his own past. - Francis Herbert Hedge
If the past cannot teach the present and the father cannot teach the son, then history need not have bothered to go on, and the world has wasted a great deal of time. - Russell Hoban
The past, though it cannot be relived, can always be repaired. - John La Farge
To be able to look back upon one's past life with satisfaction is to live twice. - Marcus Valerius Martial
What you've done becomes the judge of what you're going to do especially in other people's minds. When you're traveling, you are what you are. People don't have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road. - William Least Heat Moon
Man... cannot learn to forget, but hangs on the past: however far or fast he runs, that chain runs with him. - Friedrich Nietzsche
If you're going to be able to look back on something and laugh about it, you might as well laugh about it now. - Marie Osmond
Don't brood on the past, but don't forget it either. - Thomas H. Raddal
Who so desireth to know what will be hereafter, let him think of what is past, for the world hath ever been in a circular revolution; whatsoever is now, was heretofore; and things past or present, are no other than such as shall be again: Redit orbis in orbem. - Sir Walter Raleigh
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