Past quotes

If you live to be one hundred, you've got it made. Very few people die past that age.

- George Burns

Much of the social history of the Western world over the past three decades has involved replacing what worked with what sounded good. In area after area - crime, education, housing, race relations - the situation has gotten worse after the bright new theories were put into operation. The amazing thing is that this history of failure and disaster has neither discouraged the social engineers nor discredited them.

- Thomas Sowell

I love my past, I love my present. I am not ashamed of what I have had, and I am not sad because I no longer have it.

- Colette, Sidonie Gabrielle

I always remember that I have everything I need to enjoy my here and now, unless I am letting my consciousness be dominated by demands and expectations based on the dead past or the imagined future.

- Keyes Jr., Ken

Imagine a baseball thrown thru the air. A high speed camera takes pictures of it showing very great detail -- names, laces, etc. Someone shows you a picture -- can you tell what direction it is travelling? or even if it is moving? NO. You would have to know where it was thrown FROM to know what direction it is going. In times of high change, it's good to know a little bit about the PAST to understand the present freeze frame of the NOW and project to some degree of accuracy where we are GOING (The Future).


Change hurts. It makes people insecure, confused, and angry. People want things to be the same as they've always been, because that makes life easier. But, if you're a leader, you can't let your people hang on to the past.

- Marcinko, Richard

The past was nothing to her; offered no lesson which she was willing to heed. The future was a mystery which she never attempted to penetrate. The present alone was significant.

- Kate Chopin

Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.

- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Let me just tell you how thrilling it really is, and how, what a challenge it is, because in 1988 the question is whether we're going forward to tomorrow or whether we're going to go past to the back!

- Quayle, Dan

Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead twenty years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there then.

- Ross, Diana

Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present -- which seldom happens to us.

- Bruyere, Jean De La

Never let a stain from the past put a mark on your future.

- Jillian Graham

It might be said that Lord Rosebery outlived his future by ten years and his past by more than twenty.

- Sir Winston Churchill

Remember your past mistakes just long enough to profit by them.

- Mckinnon, Dan

We make way for the man who boldly pushes past us.

- Bovee, Christian Nevell

How can I tell that the past isn't a fiction designed to account for the discrepancy between my immediate physical sensation and my state of mind?

- Douglas Adams

Some of the best lessons we ever learn are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future.

- Dale E. Turner

The past is certain, the future obscure.

- Thales

My general theory since 1971 has been that the word is literally a virus, and that it has not been recognized as such because it has achieved a state of relatively stable symbiosis with its human host; that is to say, the word virus (the Other Half) has established itself so firmly as an accepted part of the human organism that it can now sneer at gangster viruses like smallpox and turn them in to the Pasteur Institute.

- Burroughs, William S.

The thought of our past years in me doth breed perpetual benedictions.

- Wordsworth, William

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