Past Sayings

By | December 5, 2008

Sayings about The Past

Things always seem fairer when we look back at them, and it is out of that inaccessible tower of the past

The past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whatever form. Both are illusions. ~ Eckhart Tolle

There is a way to look at the past. Don’t hide from it. It will not catch you — if you don’t repeat it. ~ Pearl Bailey

The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be. ~ Marcel Pagnol

The present is only intelligible in the light of the past. ~ Archbishop Richard Chenevix Trench

The past is necessarily inferior to the future. That is how we wish it to be. How could we acknowledge any merit in our most dangerous enemy: the past, gloomy prevaricator, execrable tutor? ~ Tommaso Marinetti

The past is funny … it never seems to let things lie, finished. It never seems to stay in place as it should. ~ Ken Kesey

The past is only the present become invisible and mute; and because it is invisible and mute, its memorized glances and its murmurs are infinitely precious. We are tomorrow’s past. ~ Mary Webb

The past is all holy to us; the dead are all holy; even they that were wicked when alive. ~ Thomas Carlyle

There is no PAST anybody can get to, to alter things or even to know what those things were but there is definitely a future, we are already in it. ~ Joyce Carol Oates

There is no past that we can bring back by longing for it. There is only an eternally new now that builds and creates itself out of the best as the past withdraws. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

You are young … the past is nothing to you, not even another country as it is to the old, or a nightmare as it is to the guilty. ~ Cassandra Clare

The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion. ~ Albert Einstein

While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future. ~ Ronald Reagan

We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past; and we must respect the past, remembering that it was once all that was humanly possible. ~ William Gay

Your past is important, but it is not nearly as important to your present as the way you see your future. ~ Tony Campolo

You always romanticize the past as soon as the future begins to frighten you. ~ Rick Remender

The past is an illusion. You must learn to live in the present and accept yourself for what you are now. What you lack in flexibility and agility you must make up with knowledge and constant practice. ~ Bruce Lee

To know your past and what has caused you, observe yourself in the present, since it is the effect of the past. To know your future, observe yourself in the present, since it is the cause the future. ~ Buddha

The past is never completely lost, however extensive the devastation. Your sorrows are the bricks and mortar of a magnificent temple. What you are today and what you will be tomorrow are because of what you have been. ~ Gordon Wright

The past is finished. There is nothing to be gained by going over it. Whatever it gave us in the experiences it brought us was something we had to know . ~ Rebecca Beard

The past and future are veiled; but the past wears the widow’s veil; the future, the virgin’s. ~ Jean Paul Friedrich Richter

That which is past is gone and irrevocable, and wise men have enough to do with things present and to come. ~ Francis Bacon

Strangely enough, this is the past that somebody in the future is longing to go back to. ~ Ashleigh Brilliant

Some are so very studious of learning what was done by the ancients that they know not how to live with the moderns. ~ William Penn

The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect was already in the cause. ~ Henri Louis Bergson

To be able to look back upon one’s past life with satisfaction is to live twice. ~ Marcus Valerius Martial

When I think over the past, I am like a person whose eyes cannot properly measure distances and is liable to think things extremely remote which on examination prove to be quite near. ~ Andre Gide

The past, with its pleasures, its rewards, its foolishness, its punishments, is there for each of us forever, and it should be. ~ Lillian Hellman

We all live on the past, and through the past are destroyed. ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The moments of the past do not remain still; they retain in our memory the motion which drew them towards the future, towards a future which has itself become the past, and draw us on in their train. ~ Marcel Proust

The past is our definition. We may strive, with good reason, to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it, but we will escape it only by adding something better to it. ~ Wendell Berry

They say you should not suffer through the past.You should be able to wear it like a loose garment, take it off and let it drop. ~ Eva Jessye

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. ~ Author Unknown

The past is essentially unknowable: we remake it in our image. Things do not speak for themselves — we must make them speak. ~ Paul Mcauley

You must never regret what might have been. The past that did not happen is as hidden from us as the future we cannot see. ~ Richard Martin Stern

The past is but the beginning of a beginning, and all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn. ~ H.G. Wells

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

We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future. ~ Frederick Douglass

Sometimes we need a map of the past. It helps us to understand the present, and to plan the future. ~ Josephine Hart

The only past which endures lies wordlessly within you. ~ Frank Herbert

The past is of no importance. The present is of no importance. It is with the future that we have to deal. For the past is what man should not have been. The present is what man ought not to be. The future is what artists are. ~ Oscar Wilde

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

The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings. ~ Ralph Blum

With memory set smarting like a reopened wound, a man’s past is not simply a dead history, an outworn preparation of the present: it is not a repented error shaken loose from the life: it is a still quivering part of himself, bringing shudders and bitter flavors and the tinglings of a merited shame. ~ George Eliot

The future is there … looking back at us. Trying to make sense of the fiction we will have become. And from where they are, the past behind us will look nothing at all like the past we imagine behind us now. ~ William Gibson

Some say that the age of chivalry is past, that the spirit of romance is dead. The age of chivalry is never past so long as there is a wrong left unredressed on earth. ~ Charles Kingsley, Life

We crucify ourselves between two thieves: regret for yesterday and fear of tomorrow. ~ Fulton Oursler

The past should be a springboard, not a hammock. ~ Ivern Ball

Who recollects distinctly his past adventures, knows his destiny to come. ~ Johann Caspar Lavater

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

The world to come must be composed of what is past. No other material is at hand. ~ Cormac Mccarthy

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