The past is never where you think you left it.
Katherine Anne Porter
When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.
We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.
The past can’t hurt you anymore, not unless you let it.
Your past is always your past. Even if you forget it, it remembers you.
Whenever I think of the past, it brings back so many memories.
Some of the best lessons we ever learn are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future.
I am not someone who is ashamed of my past. I’m actually really proud. I know I made a lot of mistakes, but they, in turn, were my life lessons.
The past speaks to us in a thousand voices, warning and comforting, animating and stirring to action.
Just because the past taps you on the shoulders, doesn’t mean you have to look back.
Your past doesn’t define who you are. It just gives you the starting point for who you’re going to be.
Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.
My past has not defined me, destroyed me, deterred me, or defeated me; it has only strengthened me.
The past is not a package one can lay away.
The past is strapped to our backs. We do not have to see it; we can always feel it.
The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.
Lesley P. Hartley
The one charm of the past is that it is the past.
The past is always judged by the present.
Whatever we think of the past, we must not be prisoners to it.
We go to the past to lay the blame – since the past can’t argue.
When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things – not the great occasions – that in retrospect give off the greatest glow of happiness.
he past is never there when you try to go back. It exists, but only in memory. To pretend otherwise is to invite a mess.
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.
Consider the past and you shall know the future.
We can draw lessons from the past, but we cannot live in it.
Lyndon B. Johnson
Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter.
William Ralph Inge
Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.
Robert H. Schuller
Don’t brood on the past, but don’t forget it either.
Thomas H. Raddal
To put the past behind you, you must accept that you’ve moved beyond it.
It’s okay to look back at your past. Just don’t stare.
Dwelling on the past only blinds you to the future.
The past can hurt, but the way I see it; you can either run from it or learn from it.
The Lion King
The lessons of the past are ignored and obliterated into a contemporary antagonism known as the generation gap.
Spiro T. Agnew
The past should be a springboard, not a hammock.
The true picture of the past flits by. The past can be seized only as an image which flashes up at the instant when it can be recognized and is never seen again.
The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet.
Study the past if you would divine the future.
The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.
King Jr. Martin Luther
There is a way to look at the past. Don’t hide from it. It will not catch you
if you don’t repeat it.
Your past is important, but it is not nearly as important to your present as the way you see your future.
What is past is prologue.
The only thing standing between you and your goal is the bullshit story you keep telling yourself as to why you can’t achieve it.
No matter what happened to you in your past, you are not your past, you are the resources and the capabilities you glean from it. And that is the basis for all change.
Learm form the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now.
What happened in the past that was painful has a great deal to do with what we are today, but revisiting this painful past can contribute little or nothing to what wee need to do now.
May you look back on the past with as much pleasure as you look forward to the future
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
The past always looks better than it was because it isn’t here.
Finley Peter Dunne
Look back, and smile at perils past.
Sir Walter Scott
We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.