Every man is his own ancestor, and every man his own heir. He devises his own fortune, and he inherits his own past.
Existence is no more than the precarious attainment of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past, present, and future.
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.
Music is a fluid art form that picks up echoes of the past and weaves them into a new sound. The distinct sounds of the past merge together to create what we know today as gospel, western, folk, or jazz.
History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.
People who are always praising the past And especially the times of faith as best Ought to go and live in the Middle Ages And be burnt at the stake as witches and sages.
The form of my poem rises out of a past that so overwhelms the present with its worth and vision that I'm at a loss to explain my delusion that there exist any real links between that past and a future worthy of it.
A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.
The value of the beans for oil production, as well as for human food, has become recognized so quickly and so generally during the past year that the crop has acquired a commercial standing far in excess of its previous status.
Art is not a treasure in the past or an importation from another land, but part of the present life of all living and creating peoples.
An expert is someone who knows a lot about the past.
Forget not your past, for in the future it may help you grow
Memory is not an instrument for exploring the past but its theatre. It is the medium of past experience, as the ground is the medium in which dead cities lie interred.
Hell is a state of mind. It is a remnant of ancient man's fears and an anachronism from our primitive past. I disavow it; therefore it does not exist.
If you are a star in Hollywood then you are always a star in your eyes, but not always in the eyes of new directors for whom your great performances are always fading into the past.
It was not possible to film in California, because all the areas are heavily built up now. Coming to Cape Town is an invitation to step into the past and recreate Los Angeles of the 1930s.
By Modernism I mean the positive rejection of the past and the blind belief in the process of change, in novelty for its own sake, in the idea that progress through time equates with cultural progress; in the cult of individuality, originality and self-expression.
They brought a level of sophistication in equipment that we weren't able to do as volunteers. That has really enhanced the run over the past couple of years.
Remembrance of things past.
The sacrifices ordinary American men and women from communities large and small have been willing to make, often before they were past their teenage years, have secured our nation unprecedented freedoms and made us the world's bulwark of liberty.
In the past, we spoke of poverty, misery only in the south. Now there is a lot of misery, a lot of bad that creates victims in the north as well. This has become manifest: the global system was not made to serve the good of all, but to serve multinational companies.
You meet someone and youre sure you were lovers in a past life. After two weeks with them, you realize why you havent kept in touch for the last two thousand years.
When someone has a strong intuitive connection, Buddhism suggests that it's because of karma, some past connection.
If we examine our thoughts, we shall find them always occupied with the past and the future.
When the danger is past God is cheated.