Past Quotes

According to the karma of past actions, one's destiny unfolds, even though everyone wants to be so lucky.

Sri Guru Granth Sahib

As long as anyone believes that his ideal and purpose is outside him, that it is above the clouds, in the past or in the future, he will go outside himself and seek fulfillment where it cannot be found. He will look for solutions and answers at every point except where they can be found - in himself.

Erich Fromm

Every European visitor to the United States is struck by the comparative rarity of what he would call a face, by the frequency of men and women who look like elderly babies. If he stays in the States for any length of time, he will learn that this cannot be put down to a lack of sensibility -- the American feels the joys and sufferings of human life as keenly as anybody else. The only plausible explanation I can find lies in his different attitude to the past. To have a face, in the European sense of the word, it would seem that one must not only enjoy and suffer but also desire to preserve the memory of even the most humiliating and unpleasant experiences of the past.

W. H. Auden

Gossip is the tool of the poet, the shoptalk of the scientist and the consolation of the housewife, wit, tycoon and intellectual. It begins in the nursery and ends when speech is past.

Phyllis McGinley

It is a time when one's spirit is subdued and sad, one knows not why; when the past seems a storm-swept desolation, life a vanity and a burden, and the future but a way to death.

Mark Twain

Every period of life has its peculiar prejudices; whoever saw old age, that did not applaud the past, and condemn the present times?

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

The Old Year has gone. Let the dead past bury its own dead. The New Year has taken possession of the clock of time. All hail the duties and possibilities of the coming twelve months!

Edward Payson Powell

Our mistakes from the past are just that: mistakes. And they were necessary to make in order to become the wiser person we became.

Bill Maher

Every part of this country is sacred to my people. Every hillside, every valley, every plain and grove has been hallowed by some fond memory or some sad experience of my tribe. Even the rocks, which seem to lie dumb as they swelter in the sun along the silent shore in solemn grandeur thrill with memories of past events connected with the fate of my people, the very dust under your feet responds more lovingly to our footsteps than to yours, because it is the ashes of our ancestors, and our bare feet are conscious of the sympathetic touch, for the soil is rich with the life of our kindred.

Chief Seattle

Don't expect too much of Christmas Day. You can't crowd into it any arrears of unselfishness and kindliness that may have accrued during the past twelve months.

Oren Arnold

Christmas is a bridge. We need bridges as the river of time flows past. Today's Christmas should mean creating happy hours for tomorrow and reliving those of yesterday.

Gladys Tabor

Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragements and doubts. We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts, and the painful groping.

Ethel Barrymore

Pleasure must succeed to pleasure, else past pleasure turns to pain

Robert Browning

A preoccupation with the future not only prevents us from seeing the present as it is but often prompts us to rearrange the past.

Eric Hoffer

The mind of man is capable of anything - because everything is in it, all the past as well as all the future.

Joseph Conrad

In this great future, you canít forget your past

Bob Marley

Isn't it amazing the way the future succeeds in creating an appropriate past?

John Leonard

The past is an old armchair in the attic, the present an ominous ticking sound, and the future is anybody's guess

James Thurber

Our duty is to preserve what the past has had to say for itself, and to say for ourselves what shall be true for the future

John Ruskin

It is my firm belief that I have a link with the past and a responsibility to the future. I cannot give up. I cannot despair. There's a whole future, generations to come. I have to keep trying.

King Hussein

People who live in the past generally are afraid to compete in the present. I've got my faults, but living in the past is not one of them. There's no future in it.

Sparky Anderson

With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

No amount of sophistication is going to allay the fact that all your knowledge is about the past and all your decisions are about the future.

Ian Wilson

There is no present or future, only the past, happening over and over again, now

Eugene O'Neill

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