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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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