Past Quotes

Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you’re going to do now and do it.

William Durant

Simpletons talk of the past, wise men of the present, and fools of the future.

Napolon Bonaparte

We have for the past year and undoubtedly will be for the next year, dealing with an electorate that is more alienated and more cynical than at any point in modern time.

Robert Teeter

Every man is his own ancestor, and every man is his own heir. He devises his own future, and he inherits his own past.

Frederick Henry Hedge

To state the facts frankly is not to despair the future nor indict the past. The prudent heir takes careful inventory of his legacies and gives a faithful accounting to those whom he owes an obligation of trust.

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

For pleasures past I do not grieve, nor perils gathering near; My greatest grief is that I leave nothing that claims a tear.

Lord Byron

Look not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear, and with a manly heart.

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Water is finite and we have not done a great job of managing it in the past.

Sandra Postel

There is only one real tragedy in a woman's life. The fact that her past is always her lover, and her future invariably her husband.

Oscar Wilde

Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson: You find the present tense and the past perfect.


The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealized past.

Robertson Davies

Nostalgia is like a grammar lesson: you find the present tense, but the past perfect!

Owens Lee Pomeroy

The past is for learning from and letting go. You can't revisit it. It vanishes.

Adele Parks

A society that has made nostalgia a marketable commodity on the cultural exchange quickly repudiates the suggestion that life in the past was in any important way better than life today.

Christopher Lasch

Imagination is nostalgia for the past, the absent; it is the liquid solution in which art develops the snapshot of reality.

Cyril Connolly

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