The Past Quotes

Mandy Hale

No matter how much you stress or obsess about the past or future, you can't change either one. In the present is where your power lies.

Robert Browning

how sad and bad and mad it was - but then, how it was sweet

Mike Norton

The nostalgia of a moment's love can be an illusionary precipice from which we fall from truth; in heartbreak, what we escape to in the past is what tortures us in the present.

Col. Thomas Aspinwall

In history, truth should be held sacred, at whatever cost . . . especially against the narrow and futile patriotism, which, instead of pressing forward in pursuit of truth, takes pride in walking backwards to cover the slightest nakedness of our forefathers.

Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

There exist no new mistakes anywhere. The same mistakes people committed are the same mistakes people are committing and the same mistakes shall people commit

Charles F. Glassman

One thing about past challenges I never let go of: the fact that I made it through, survived, and learned a great deal.

Jonathan Harnisch

I’d wish it were easier to not allow other people’s pasts to create my own present.

A.J. Darkholme

Anything you don’t want to deal with can always be written off as being “in the past” and ignored, but in doing so, you sweep it under a rug where it doesn't go away with time – it becomes time itself, and takes on the illusion of life as we think we know it.

Michael Ondaatje

The Englishman left months ago, Hana, he's with the Bedouin or in some English garden with its phlox and shit.

Bryant McGill

Almost all sadness comes from thinking about the past, and all worry from thinking about the future - present-mindedness is your only safe haven.

Stephen R. Covey

Live out of your imagination, not your history.

Raquel Cepeda

For some, excavating the past isn’t an adventure, it’s more akin to tearing a Band-Aid off an open wound.

Julian Barnes

If a memory wasn't a thing but a memory of a memory of a memory, mirrors set in parallel, then what the brain told you now about what it claimed had happened then would be coloured by what had happened in between. It was like a country remembering its history: the past was never just the past, it was what made the present able to live with itself.

Carl Lotus Becker

We perceive, as from a great distance, a thousand years filled with dim shapes of men moving blindly, performing strangely, in an unreal shadowy world.

Auliq Ice

When the past comes knocking, don't answer. It has nothing new to tell you.

Raquel Cepeda

The past is buried deep within the ground in Rabat, although the ancient walls in the old city are still standing, painted in electrifying variations of royal blue that make the winding roads look like streamlets or shallow ocean water.

Louise Douglas

He was the same as everyone else: he carried his past inside him. There was no escape from it. No matter how hard you push it down, the truth always comes to the surface.

Louise Douglas

History can only hurt us if we let it.

Jo Dereske

Who knows what's for true once a time is past? There's no way to prove how something was that's gone. And if a time is gone, what does it matter? It's all rain into rivers now.

Heather Anastasiu

History isn't all fact-it's just the story the victors tell to keep themselves in power. And it's been a slow revision. The more time passes, the easier it becomes to reinvent the past.

Elysse Poetis

- I believe in unlimited discovery and achievement.

- I believe that dreams can become reality.

- I believe in true love.

- I believe in kindness and intelligence.

- I trust life, regardless.

Gillian Flynn

The one plentiful herds of magazine writers would continue to be culled - by the Internet, by the recession, by the American public, who would rather watch TV or play video games or electronically inform friends that, like, 'rain sucks!' But there's no app for a bourbon buzz on a warm day in a cool, dark bar. The world will always want a drink.

Gillian Flynn

in these shitty plastic days ...

Jodi Picoult

It turns out that sharing the past with someone is different from reliving it when you're alone. It feels less like a wound and more like a poultice.

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

The present is an eternal attempt to separate the past from the future.

Andrew Levkoff

The past is set down in a thousand thousand indelible scrolls. But the future is a blank parchment forever in wait of a present.

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