Past Quotes

History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.

John F.Kennedy

Whatever your past has been, you have a spotless future.

Melanie Gustafson

So foolish is the heart of man that he ever puts his hope in the future, learning nothing from his past errors and fancying that tomorrow must be better than today.

Mika Waltari

The past is of no importance. The present is of no importance. It is with the future that we have to deal. For the past is what man should not have been. The present is what man ought not to be. The future is what artists are.

Oscar Wilde

Think not that guilt requires the burning torches of the Furies to agitate and torment it. Their own frauds, their crimes, their remembrances of the past, their terrors of the future,--these are the domestic furies that are ever present to the mind of the impious.

Robert Hall

You can never plan the future by the past.

Edmund Burke

The future hasn't happened yet and the past is gone. So I think the only moment we have is right here and now, and I try to make the best of those moments, the moments that I'm in.

Annie Lennox

In this bright future you can't forget your past.

Bob Marley

The best of prophets of the future is the past

Lord Byron

He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future.

George Orwell

I like men who have a future and women who have a past

Oscar Wilde

Often regret is very false and displaced, and imagines the past to be totally other than it was.

John O'donohue

Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils; but present evils triumph over it

La Rochefoucauld

Hard work is the key to success, so work diligently on any project you undertake. If you truly want to be successful, be prepared to give up your leisure time and work past 5 PM and on weekends. Also, have faith in yourself. If you come up with a new idea that you believe in, don't allow other people to discourage you from pursuing it.

Charles Lazarus

As each day goes by, you wonder where you’re going to go next. God always comes through – he always has in the past.

Kim Klardie

The past is but the beginning of a beginning.

H. G. Wells

We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.

George Bernard Shaw

For me, photographs take their power from memory and emotion. A picture tells its own story, shaped by the mood or insights of the person you are at the time you see it. It becomes layered with the past and the present. It need not be of people you k

Unknown

History is not the accumulation of events of every kind which happened in the past. It is the science of human societies.

Fustel de Coulanges

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

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

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