PAST QUOTES

quotations about the past

Past quote

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

WILLIAM FAULKNER, Requiem for a Nun

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The past beats inside me like a second heart.

JOHN BANVILLE, The Sea

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

GLEN DUNCAN, Love Remains

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The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.

CASSANDRA CLARE, City of Lost Souls

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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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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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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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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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