Quotes about The Past

A collection of inspirational quotes about the past to inspire you or to help move you beyond the past. To quote an old saying, "The past is past, current is now, and the future is what you can control."
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"Nostalgia is a seductive liar."
George W. Ball

"What was hard to bear is sweet to remember."
Portuguese Proverb

"Some folks never exaggerate-they just remember big."
Audrey Snead

"The past is not a package one can lay away."
Emily Dickinson

"The Past lies upon the Present like a giant's dead body."
Nathaniel Hawthorne

"There has never been an age that did not applaud the past and lament the present."
Lillian Eichler Watson

"We need not destroy the past. It is gone."
John Cage

"Probably no one alive hasn't at one time or another brooded over the possibility of going back to an earlier, ideal age in his existence and living a different kind of life."
Hal Boyle

"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

"To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it more fit for its prime function of looking forward."
Margaret Fairless Barber

"Don't ruin the present with the ruined past."
Ellen Gilchrist

"By dwelling on past follies, we steal time and effort from the tasks ahead. We cheat the future."
Sarah Ferguson The Duchess of York,
What I Know Now

"Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the present toward the future."
Denis Waitley

"Forget your past. Who are you now? Who have you decided you really are now? Don't think about who you have been. Who are you now? Who have you decided to become? Make this decision consciously. Make it carefully. Make it powerfully."
Anthony Robbins

"In the past a leader was a boss. Today's leaders must be partners with their people... they no longer can lead solely based on positional power."
Kenneth Blanchard

"Winners must learn to relish change with the same enthusiasm and energy that we have resisted it in the past."
Tom Peters

"A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past, he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future."
Sydney J. Harris

"While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future."
Ronald Reagan

"Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future."
Deepak Chopra

"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

"The past is a ghost, the future a dream, and all we ever have is now."
Bill Cosby

"There's no past and there's no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can't relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don't know if there is one."
George Harrison

"Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"If the history of the past fifty years teaches us anything, it is that peace does not follow disarmament - disarmament follows peace."
Bernard M. Baruch

"Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible."
Maya Angelou

"Study the past if you would define the future."
Confucius

"I don't know if I'll marry again. One thing's for sure, I'd never give up my independence for a relationship like I have in the past. Once you have a good relationship with yourself, there is no way you can give it up."
Linda Evans


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