45+ Quotes on the Past

George Santayana Quote: Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
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 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
F. Scott Fitzgerald Quote: So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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
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
Euripides Quote: Whoso neglects learning in his youth, loses the past and is dead for the future.
Whoso neglects learning in his youth, loses the past and is dead for the future.
Euripides
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
Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter.
William Ralph Inge
Mark Twain Quote: The past may not repeat itself, but it sure does rhyme.
The past may not repeat itself, but it sure does rhyme.
Mark Twain
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
Eugene O'Neil Quote: There is no present or future, only the past, happening over and over again, now.
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
Consider the past and you shall know the future.
Chinese Proverb
To look back to antiquity is one thing, to go back to it is another.
Charles Caleb Colton
George Orwell Quote: He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.
Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.
George Orwell
My yesterdays walk with me. They keep step, they are gray faces that peer over my shoulder.
William Golding
One's past is what one is.
Oscar Wilde
One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.
Golda Meir
Study the past if you would divine the future.
Confucius
Walt Whitman Quote: The Past -- the dark unfathomed retrospect! The teeming gulf -- the sleepers and the shadows! The past! the infinite greatness of the past! For what is the present after all but a growth out of the past?
The Past -- the dark unfathomed retrospect! The teeming gulf -- the sleepers and the shadows! The past! the infinite greatness of the past! For what is the present after all but a growth out of the past?
Walt Whitman
The past, with its pleasures, its rewards, its foolishness, its punishments, is there for each of us forever, and it should be.
Lillian Hellman
O who knows what slumbers in the background of the times?
Friedrich Schiller
Clogged with yesterday's excess, the body drags the mind down with it.
Horace
All the king's horses and all the king's men can't put the past together again. So let's remember: Don't try to saw sawdust.
Dale Carnegie
George Washington Quote: 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.
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
There is no past that we can bring back by longing for it. There is only an eternally new now that builds and creates itself out of the Best as the past withdraws.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
I'm growing old, I delight in the past.
Henri Matisse
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.
Bob Hope
Whatever we think of the past, we must not be prisoners to it.
Barack Obama
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
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


The debt is paid,
The verdict said,
The Furies laid,
The plague is stayed.
All fortunes made;
Turn the key and bolt the door,
Sweet is death forevermore.
Nor haughty hope, nor swart chagrin,
Nor murdering hate, can enter in.
All is now secure and fast;
Not the gods can shake the Past
Flies-to the adamantine door
Bolted down forevermore.
None can reenter there,
No thief so politic,
No Satan with a royal trick
Steal in by window, chink, or hole,
To bind or unbind, add what lacked,
Insert a leaf, or forge a name,
New-face or finish what is packed,
Alter or mend eternal Fact.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

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