Past Quotes

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

You realize that our mistrust of the future makes it hard to give up the past.


Chuck Palahniuk

Future    Life    Past

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.

Carpe diem    Future    Past    Present    Time

The past is always tense, the future perfect.

Future    Grammar    Language    Past

The past is never where you think you left it.

Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.

All the Pretty Horses

Cormac McCarthy

All the Pretty Horses
Healing    Injuries    Memory    Past    Reality    Scars    Time

The present changes the past. Looking back you do not find what you left behind.

Change    Past    Present

The past beats inside me like a second heart.

The Sea

John Banville

The Sea

Unfortunately, the clock is ticking, the hours are going by. The past increases, the future recedes. Possibilities decreasing, regrets mounting.

Clock    Future    Past    Possibilities    Ticking    Time

I have learned that if you must leave a place that you have lived in and loved and where all your yesteryears are buried deep, leave it any way except a slow way, leave it the fastest way you can. Never turn back and never believe that an hour you remember is a better hour because it is dead. Passed years seem safe ones, vanquished ones, while the future lives in a cloud, formidable from a distance.

West with the Night

Beryl Markham

West with the Night
Anchoring    Attachment    Belonging    Future    Home    Homelessness    Leaving    Memories    Memory    Moving on    Past    Reminiscence    Roots    Uncertainty

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.

Alone    Buddha    Buddhism    Destiny    Fate    Future    Lone    Past    Path    Present    Save    Saying    Walk

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

Past    Time

Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There's magic in that. It's in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift. Your sister may be able to see the future, but you yourself can shape it, boy. Do not forget that... there are many kinds of magic, after all.

The Night Circus

Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus
Future    Gifts    Magic    Past    Possibilities    Stories    Talents

You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you'll escape one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.

Future    Labyrinth    Life    Past    Present

You must learn some of my philosophy. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.

Study the past if you would define the future.

It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream.

Age    Dark    Dreaming    Dreams    Future    Inspirational    Past    Time

We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.

Night Train to Lisbon

Pascal Mercier

Night Train to Lisbon
Home    Identity    Leaving    Life    Moving on    Past    Travel

My past is everything I failed to be.

Failure    Past    Self    Time

The past can't hurt you anymore, not unless you let it.

My yesterdays walk with me. They keep step, they are gray faces that peer over my shoulder.

Sooner or later we've all got to let go of our past.

You’re just another story I can’t tell anymore.

I Wrote This For You


I Wrote This For You

The past was always there, lived inside of you, and it helped to make you who you were. But it had to be placed in perspective. The past could not dominate the future.

Your past is always your past. Even if you forget it, it remembers you.

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

The Go-Between

L.P. Hartley

The Go-Between

There is no point in using the word 'impossible' to describe something that has clearly happened.

Contrary    Denial    Impossible    Logic    Past    Reality

We don't have to be defined by the things we did or didn't do in our past. Some people allow themselves to be controlled by regret. Maybe it's a regret, maybe it's not. It's merely something that happened. Get over it.

I Am Number Four

Pittacus Lore

I Am Number Four

Once there were brook trout in the streams in the mountains. You could see them standing in the amber current where the white edges of their fins wimpled softly in the flow. They smelled of moss in your hand. Polished and muscular and torsional. On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery.

The Road

Cormac McCarthy

The Road
Allegory    Brooks    Creation    Destruction    Earth    Environment    Fish    Glens    Loss    Man    Maps    Mystery    Nature    Parable    Past    Trout    Wonder    World

I loved you so much once. I did. More than anything in the whole wide world. Imagine that. What a laugh that is now. Can you believe it? We were so intimate once upon a time I can't believe it now. The memory of being that intimate with somebody. We were so intimate I could puke. I can't imagine ever being that intimate with somebody else. I haven't been.

Distraction    Intimacy    Love    Memory    Past

People are all over the world telling their one dramatic story and how their life has turned into getting over this one event. Now their lives are more about the past than their future.

Invisible Monsters

Chuck Palahniuk

Invisible Monsters

Take it from me: If you hear the past speaking to you, feel it tugging up your back and runing its fingers up your spine, the best thing to do-the only thing-is run.

Change    Fear    Hurt    Pain    Past    Run

If only. Those must be the two saddest words in the world.

My past has not defined me, destroyed me, deterred me, or defeated me; it has only strengthened me.

Defeat    Define    Happiness    Inspirational    Life    Motivational    Past    Strengthen    Success

Memories are dangerous things. You turn them over and over, until you know every touch and corner, but still you'll find an edge to cut you.

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.

Future    Illusion    Past    Present    Time

No man is rich enough to buy back his past.

Past    Rich    Wilde

It is a cruel, ironical art, photography. The dragging of captured moments into the future; moments that should have been allowed to be evaporate into the past; should exist only in memories, glimpsed through the fog of events that came after. Photographs force us to see people before their future weighed them down....

Art    Past    Photography

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

Dream    Future    Ghost    Past    Present    Time

When you understand, that what you're telling is just a story. It isn't happening anymore. When you realize the story you're telling is just words, when you can just crumble up and throw your past in the trashcan, then we'll figure out who you're going to be.

Invisible Monsters

Chuck Palahniuk

Invisible Monsters

I am a drifter, and as lonely as that can be, it is also remarkably freeing. I will never define myself in terms of anyone else. I will never feel the pressure of peers or the burden of parental expectation. I can view everyone as pieces of a whole, and focus on the whole, not the pieces. I have learned to observe, far better than most people observe. I am not blinded by the past or motivated by the future. I focus on the present because that is where I am destined to live.

Drifter    Future    Lonely    Loner    Past

Today expect something good to happen to you no matter what occurred yesterday. Realize the past no longer holds you captive. It can only continue to hurt you if you hold on to it. Let the past go. A simply abundant world awaits. (January 11)

Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.

Books    Future    Libraries    Past

Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.

Fear    Future    Gratitude    Love    Past    Present

Forgiving isn't something you do for someone else. It's something you do for yourself. It's saying, 'You're not important enough to have a stranglehold on me.' It's saying, 'You don't get to trap me in the past. I am worthy of a future.

Forgiving    Future    Past    Trap    Yourself

When it comes to the past, everyone writes fiction.

Frustration and Love can’t exist in the same place at the same time, so get real and start doing what you would rather be doing in life. Love your life. All of it. Even the heavy shit that happened to you when you were 8. All of it was and IS perfect.

Healing    Inspirational    Life    Love    Past    Spiritual    Truth

Well I haven't fucked much with the past,
But I've fucked plenty with the future.

Fuck    Future    Lyrics    Past

My scars remind me that I did indeed survive my deepest wounds. That in itself is an accomplishment. And they bring to mind something else, too. They remind me that the damage life has inflicted on me has, in many places, left me stronger and more resilient. What hurt me in the past has actually made me better equipped to face the present.

Growth    Healing    Healing the past    Hurts    Past    Past and present    Resilience    Scars    Strength    Strong    Survivor    Woundedness    Wounds



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