Past quotes
The rewards in life go to those who are willing to give up the past

No matter how far you travel or how much you run from it, can you ever really escape your past?

- Becky Hartman Edwards and Michael Patrick King
We are well advised to keep on nodding terms with the people we used to be, whether we find them attractive company or not. Otherwise they turn up unannounced and surprise us, come hammering on the mind's door at 4am of a bad night and demand to know who deserted them, who betrayed them, who is going to make amends. We forget all too soon the things we thought we could never forget.

- Didion, Joan
Nothing changes more constantly than the past; for the past that influences our lives does not consist of what actually happened, but of what men believe happened.

- Gerald White Johnson
The destruction of the past is perhaps the greatest of all crimes.

- Weil, Simone
Marriage. It's like a cultural hand-rail. It links folks to the past and guides them to the future.

- Diane Frolov and Andrew Schneider
The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds.

- Jampolsky, Gerald G.
Not to know what happened before you were born is always to remain a child. For what is a man's life if it is not linked with the life of future generations by memories of the past.

- Marcus Tullius Cicero
I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.

- Alan Watts
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.

- John F. Kennedy
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
Things that are done, it is needless to speak about...things that are past, it is needless to blame.

- Confucius
Upper classes are a nation's past, the middle class its future.

- Rand, Ayn
Let us describe the education of our men. What then is the education to be? Perhaps we could hardly find a better than that which the experience of the past has already discovered, which consists, I believe, in gymnastic, for the body, and music for the mind.

- Plato
The girl with a future avoids a man with a past.

- Evan Esar
Not to know what has been transacted in former times is to be always a child. If no use is made of the labors of past ages, the world must remain always in the infancy of knowledge.

- Cicero
The postmodern reply to the modern consists of recognizing that the past, since it cannot really be destroyed, because its destruction leads to silence, must be revisited: but with irony, not innocently. I think of the postmodern attitude as that of a man who loves a very cultivated woman and knows he cannot say to her, I love you madly, because he knows that she knows (and that she knows that he knows) that these words have already been written by Barbara Cartland. Still, there is a solution. He can say, As Barbara Cartland would put it, I love you madly.

- Eco, Umberto
Time hath, my lord, a wallet at his back Wherein he puts alms for oblivion, A great-sized monster of ingratitudes: Those scraps are good deeds past, which are devour'd As fast as they are made, forgot as soon as done.

- William Shakespeare
To mourn a mischief that is past and gone is the next way to draw new mischief on.

- Shakespeare, William
Reverence for age is a fair test of the vigour of youth; and, conversely, insolence towards the old and the past, whether in individuals or in nations, is a sign rather of weakness than of strength.

- Lecture on Westminster Abbey. 1874.

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