Past Quotes and Sayings

One reason God created time was so that there would be a place to bury the failures of the past.

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.

May the dreams of your past be the reality of your future.

The distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.

Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future.

The past is behind, learn from it. The future is ahead, prepare for it. The present is here, live it.

Genealogists live in the past lane.

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

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

One must always maintain one’s connection to the past and yet ceaselessly pull away from it.

You can’t change the past, but you can ruin the present by worrying about the future.

Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past.

Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.

Every past is worth condemning.

If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future.

Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter.

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.

Always choose the future over the past. What do we do now ?

I don’t think of the past. The only thing that matters is the everlasting present.

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.

If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians.

No hand can make the clock strike for me the hours that are passed.

To what a degree the same past can leave different marks-and especially admit of different interpretations.

We cannot let the past cloud our perception of the future.

I tend to live in the past because most of my life is there.

The farther behind I leave the past, the closer I am to forging my own character.

The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.

I think that we honor ourselves by honoring our past.

The more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are of loving in the present.

Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.

The past is a work of art, free of irrelevancies and loose ends.

It’s in vain, Trot, to recall the past, unless it works some influence upon the present.

One’s past is what one is. It is the only way by which people should be judged.