quotations about the past
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
The past is never dead. It's not even past.
WILLIAM FAULKNER, Requiem for a Nun
Remembrance of the past kills all present energy and deadens all hope for the future.
MAXIM GORKY, "Creatures that Once were Men"
The past beats inside me like a second heart.
JOHN BANVILLE, The Sea
The past lies like a nightmare upon the present.
KARL MARX, The 18th Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte
We go to the past to lay the blame -- since the past can't argue.
GLEN DUNCAN, Love Remains
You can't change the past, it just is.
ALYSON NOËL, Shadowland
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
The past is the present, isn't it? It's the future too.
EUGENE O'NEILL, Long Day's Journey Into Night
There is no present or future, only the past, happening over and over again, now.
EUGENE O'NEILL, A Moon for the Misbegotten
The past is a mist.
HAROLD PINTER, Moonlight
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
It's no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.
LEWIS CARROLL, Alice in Wonderland
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
He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.
GEORGE ORWELL, Nineteen Eighty-Four
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
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
All tradition is merely the past.
JIDDU KRISHNAMURTI, Krishnamurti to Himself
A man cannot free himself from the past more easily than he can from his own body.
ANDRÉ MAUROIS, An Art of Living
I think we all agree, the past is over.
GEORGE W. BUSH, Dallas Morning News, May 10, 2000