PAST QUOTES

quotations about the past

Past quote

The past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whatever form. Both are illusions.

ECKHART TOLLE, The Power of Now

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The past beats inside me like a second heart.

JOHN BANVILLE, The Sea

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The past is never dead. It's not even past.

WILLIAM FAULKNER, Requiem for a Nun

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The past lies like a nightmare upon the present.

KARL MARX, The 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte

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Remembrance of the past kills all present energy and deadens all hope for the future.

MAXIM GORKY, "Creatures that Once were Men"

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We go to the past to lay the blame -- since the past can't argue.

GLEN DUNCAN, Love Remains

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You can't change the past, it just is.

ALYSON NOËL, Shadowland

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It's no surprise the 'Good Old Days' seem better than the Present ... They've spent more time in Editing!

TOM WILSON, Ziggy, January 24, 2000

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The past is the present, isn't it? It's the future too.

EUGENE O'NEILL, Long Day's Journey Into Night

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There is no present or future, only the past, happening over and over again, now.

EUGENE O'NEILL, A Moon for the Misbegotten

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The past is a mist.

HAROLD PINTER, Moonlight

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My yesterdays walk with me. They keep step, they are gray faces that peer over my shoulder.

WILLIAM GOLDING, New York Times, October 7, 1983

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It's no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.

LEWIS CARROLL, Alice in Wonderland

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You can never plan the future by the past.

EDMUND BURKE, letter to a Member of the National Assembly in answer to some objections to his book on French affairs, 1791

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

GEORGE ORWELL, Nineteen Eighty-Four

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past moments old dreams back again or fresh like those that pass or things things always and memories I say them as I hear them murmur them in the mud

SAMUEL BECKETT, How It Is

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Honeymooning, moonlighting, late for the Proms,
Our echoes die in that corridor and now
I come as Hansel came on the moonlit stones
Retracing the path back, lifting the buttons.

SEAMUS HEANEY, The Underground

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All tradition is merely the past.

JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI, Krishnamurti to Himself

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A man cannot free himself from the past more easily than he can from his own body.

ANDRÉ MAUROIS, An Art of Living

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I think we all agree, the past is over.

GEORGE W. BUSH, Dallas Morning News, May 10, 2000

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