Past Quotes

One of the tragedies of modern times is that people have come to believe that something said by someone in the past, perhaps for illustrative or provocation purposes, actually represents that person's beliefs at the time.

Idries Shah

Nostalgic memory is a sudden encounter with the thingness of the thing that has been forgotten, not the continuous desire for possessions, whether past, present, or future.

Marjorie B. Garber

I think that all human systems require continuous renewal. They rigidify. They get stiff in the joints. They forget what they cared about. The forces against it are nostalgia and the enormous appeal of having things the way they have always been, appeals to a supposedly happy past. But we've got to move on.

John W. Gardner

Nostalgia keeps dissolving the ironic narratives in which I have contained my past.

Mason Cooley

I look forward to an America which will not be afraid of grace and beauty, which will protect the beauty of our natural environment, which will preserve the great old American houses and squares and parks of our national past and which will build handsome and balanced cities for our future.

John F. Kennedy

Fighting terrorism is like being a goalkeeper. You can make a hundred brilliant saves but the only shot that people remember is the one that gets past you.

Paul Wilkinson

If you worry about the future, and dwell on the past, you can't enjoy the present

Emily Gibbons

When no new thoughts fill the mind-when no horizons beckon-when life is in the past, not in the future--you are on your way to uselessness

Dr. Frederick K. Stamm

Guided only by their feeling for symmetry, simplicity, and generality, and an indefinable sense of the fitness of things, creative mathematicians now, as in the past, are inspired by the art of mathematics rather than by any prospect of ultimate usefulness

E. T. Bell

The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly

Buddha

Any creator owes a debt to past creation.

Lukas Foss

Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status.

Laurence J. Peter

In times past there were rituals of passage that conducted a boy into manhood, where other men passed along the wisdom and responsibilities that needed to be shared. But today we have no rituals. We are not conducted into manhood; we simply find ourselves there.

Kent Nerburn

All tradition is merely the past.

JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI

I have made good judgements in the past. I have made good judgements in the future.

George W Bush

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