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A list of the best past quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous past quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic past quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational past quotes from that same writer.

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A safe but sometimes chilly way of recalling the past is to force open a crammed drawer. If you are searching for anything in particular you don't find it, but something falls out at the back that is often more interesting. J. M. Barrie

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Nothing is improbable until it moves into past tense. George Ade

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One must always maintain one's connection to the past and yet ceaselessly pull away from it. To remain in touch with the past requires a love of memory. To remain in touch with the past requires a constant imaginative effort. Gaston Bachelard

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If you are carrying strong feelings about something that happened in your past, they may hinder your ability to live in the present. Les Brown

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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

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To look back to antiquity is one thing, to go back to it is another. Charles Caleb Colton

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Think of your forefathers! Think of your posterity. John Adams

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

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Study the past if you would divine the future. Confucius

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Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time. Francis Bacon

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Only by acceptance of the past, can you alter it. T. S. Eliot

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The past grows gradually around one, like a placenta for dying. John Berger

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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

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The investor of today does not profit from yesterday's growth. Warren Buffett

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I love my past, I love my present. I am not ashamed of what I have had, and I am not sad because I no longer have it. Colette

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Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana

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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

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To be able to look back upon one's past life with satisfaction is to live twice. Martial

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The next day is never so good as the day before. Publilius Syrus

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Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions, false memories, false namings of real events. Adrienne Rich

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

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The free world must not prove itself worthy of its own past. Dwight D. Eisenhower

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All the king's horses and all the king's men can't put the past together again. So let's remember: Don't try to saw sawdust. Dale Carnegie

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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

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The past but lives in written words: a thousand ages were blank if books had not evoked their ghosts, and kept the pale unbodied shades to warn us from fleshless lips. François Fénelon

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Nothing is as new as something which as been long forgotten.

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The past always looks better than it was because it isn't here. Finley Peter Dunne

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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.

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

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We are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise they turn up unannounced and surprise us, come hammering on the mind's door at 4am of a bad night and demand to know who deserted them, who betrayed them, who is going to make amends. We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget. Joan Didion

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Living in the past has one thing going for it; it's cheaper!

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Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past. George Orwell

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Man... cannot learn to forget, but hangs on the past: however far or fast he runs, that chain runs with him. Friedrich Nietzsche

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We have seen better days. William Shakespeare

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Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost. Robert H. Schuller

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One's past is what one is. It is the only way by which people should be judged. Oscar Wilde

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Fearfulness, contrary to all other vices, maketh a man think the better of another, the worse of himself. Philip Sidney

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A lot of people go through life like they are rowing a boat. They look at where they have been (the PAST) rather than where they are going (the FUTURE).

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If you look back too much, you will soon be headed that way

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The destruction of the past is perhaps the greatest of all crimes. Simone Weil

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Because men really respect only that which was founded of old and has developed slowly, he who wants to live on after his death must take care not only of his posterity but even more of his past. Friedrich Nietzsche

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What’s past is prologue William Shakespeare

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It's very expressive of myself. I just lump everything in a great heap which I have labeled the past, and, having thus emptied this deep reservoir that was once myself, I am ready to continue.

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We do NOT know the past in chronological sequence. It may be convenient to lay it out anesthetized on the table with dates pasted on here and there, but what we know we know by ripples and spirals eddying out from us and from our own time. Ezra Pound

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There is nothing new, but what has become antiquated.

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Clogged with yesterday's excess, the body drags the mind down with it. Horace

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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

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If you must cry over spilled milk then please try to condense it

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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

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Things without remedy, should be without regard; what is done, is done. William Shakespeare