quotations about yesterday
All my troubles seemed so far away,
Now it looks as though they're here to stay,
Oh, I believe in yesterday.
BEATLES, "Yesterday", Help!
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God's gift, that's why we call it the present.
JOAN RIVERS, attributed, The Pulpwood Queen's Tiara-Wearing, Book-Sharing Guide to Life
It's no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.
LEWIS CARROLL, Alice in Wonderland
Swift flies our time on pinions fleet,
Like vapours on the breeze;
The transient bliss we now call sweet,
The passing moments seize.
The gilded joy, the present hour,
Soon wing themselves away;
Departing like the fading flower
That pleas'd us Yesterday.
WILLIAM MUIR, "The Flower of Yesterday", Poems on Various Subjects
Memories are nothing but the lash with which yesterday flogs tomorrow.
PHILIP MOELLER, The Roadhouse in Arden
I don't really think about anything too much. I live in the present. I move on. I don't think about what happened yesterday. If I think too much, it kind of freaks me out.
One of the sad things, I think, about the younger generation, quite frankly, is they have less sense of yesterday. And if you don't know who you were, you don't really know who you are.
HUGH HEFNER, interview, Nightline, Jul. 22, 2010
Yesterday should be the teacher of today.
PUBLILIUS SYRUS, The Moral Sayings of Publilius Syrus
Ten thousand yesterdays are not worth one today.
S. WOODWORTH, attributed, Day's Collacon
Yesterday is gone and it will never be again. Today is living and breathing. Today is bright and new.
JONATHAN TEMPLE, Just a Closer Walk
I don't believe in yesterday, by the way.
JOHN LENNON, interview, Playboy, Jan. 1981
Each Morn a thousand Roses brings, you say;
Yes, but where leaves the Rose of Yesterday?
EDWARD FITZGERALD, Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
Regret is ... an unavoidable result of any loss, for in loss we lose the tomorrow that we needed to make right our yesterday or today.
GERALD LAWSON SITTSER, A Grace Disguised
Are like a lonely and a ruined land
Wherein a breeze of recollection sighs--
A fading land to which is no return.
HENRY ABBEY, "Invocation to the Sun"
Yesterday's a flower the wind blows away.
LOUISE DRISCOLL, "I Go But My Heart Stays"
It is yesterday that makes tomorrow so sad.
AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought
Yesterday's beauty and joy lie deep
In sorrow's heart, asleep.
MARJORIE ALLEN SEIFFERT, "Sorrow"
Tomorrows come unnoticed. Todays slip by unheeded. More and more you become a creature of Yesterdays.
FRANK CRANE, "Yesterday"
Yesterday is not a milestone that has been passed, but a daystone on the beaten track of the years, and irremediably part of us, within us, heavy and dangerous. We are not merely more weary because of yesterday, we are other, no longer what we were before the calamity of yesterday.
SAMUEL BECKETT, "Proust", Samuel Beckett: Poems, Short Fiction, and Criticism
as in a well
fall's yesterday's water,
into the cistern
PABLO NERUDA, "Past", Selected Poems