Past Quotes

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Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
George Santayana
You have to know the past to understand the present.
Carl Sagan
The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.
Leslie Poles Hartley
The past may not repeat itself, but it sure does rhyme.
Mark Twain
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.
Wendell Berry
The past is never there when you try to go back. It exists, but only in memory. To pretend otherwise is to invite a mess.
Chris Cobbs
The past is strapped to our backs.  We do not have to see it; we can always feel it.
Mignon McLaughlin
Whoso neglects learning in his youth, loses the past and is dead for the future.
Euripides
The past is an old armchair in the attic, the present an ominous ticking sound, and the future is anybody's guess.
James Thurber
One faces the future with one's past.
Pearl S. Buck
The best of prophets of the future is the past.
Lord Byron
The Past lies upon the Present like a giant's dead body.
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart and his friends can only read the title.
Virginia Woolf
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
T. S. Eliot
Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter.
William Ralph Inge
Man... cannot learn to forget, but hangs on the past: however far or fast he runs, that chain runs with him.
Friedrich Nietzsche
How you played in yesterday's game is all that counts.
Jackie Robinson
The past is not a package one can lay away.
Emily Dickinson
Things without remedy, should be without regard; what is done, is done.
William Shakespeare
There is no present or future, only the past, happening over and over again, now.
Eugene O'Neil
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.
Walter Benjamin


A man cannot free himself from the past more easily than he can from his own body.
André Maurois
You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present.
Jan Glidewell
We ought not to look back, unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors and for the purpose of profiting by dear bought experience.
George Washington
No man is rich enough to buy back his past.
Oscar Wilde
One must always maintain one's connection to the past and yet ceaselessly pull away from it. To remain in touch with the past requires a love of memory. To remain in touch with the past requires a constant imaginative effort.
Gaston Bachelard
Consider the past and you shall know the future.
Chinese Proverb
I've never tried to block out the memories of the past, even though some are painful. I don't understand people who hide from their past. Everything you live through helps to make you the person you are now.
Sophia Loren
We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past; and we must respect the past, remembering that it was once all that was humanly possible.
George Santayana
To look back to antiquity is one thing, to go back to it is another.
Charles Caleb Colton
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