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Quotes About Past

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

Søren Kierkegaard
“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
Søren Kierkegaard

Chuck Palahniuk
“You realize that our mistrust of the future makes it hard to give up the past.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor

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

Katherine Anne Porter
“The past is never where you think you left it.”
Katherine Anne Porter

Friedrich Nietzsche
“When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

Zadie Smith
“The past is always tense, the future perfect.”
Zadie Smith

Kiran Desai
“The present changes the past. Looking back you do not find what you left behind.”
Kiran Desai, The Inheritance of Loss

Cormac McCarthy
“Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.”
Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses

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

George Harrison
“It's being here now that's important. There's no past and there's no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can't relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don't know if there is one.”
George Harrison

Beryl Markham
“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.”
Beryl Markham, West with the Night

John Green
“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.”
John Green, Looking for Alaska

Rick Warren
“We are products of our past, but we don't have to be prisoners of it.”
Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?

Jane Austen
“You must learn some of my philosophy. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Edgar Allan Poe
“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.”
Edgar Allan Poe

Gautama Buddha
“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
Gautama Buddha, Sayings Of Buddha

William Faulkner
“The past is never dead. It's not even past.”
William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun

Dan Brown
“Sooner or later we've all got to let go of our past.”
Dan Brown, Deception Point

Confucius
“Study the past if you would define the future.”
Confucius

Alan Moore
“The past can't hurt you anymore, not unless you let it.”
Alan Moore, V for Vendetta

Erin Morgenstern
“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.”
Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus

Sarah Dessen
“Your past is always your past. Even if you forget it, it remembers you.”
Sarah Dessen, What Happened to Goodbye
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Fernando Pessoa
“My past is everything I failed to be.”
Fernando Pessoa, The Book of Disquiet

Pittacus Lore
“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.”
Pittacus Lore, I Am Number Four

Chuck Palahniuk
“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.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Invisible Monsters

pleasefindthis
“You’re just another story I can’t tell anymore.”
pleasefindthis, I Wrote This For You

Lauren Oliver
“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.”
Lauren Oliver, Delirium

Douglas Adams
“There is no point in using the word 'impossible' to describe something that has clearly happened.”
Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

Raymond Carver
“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.”
Raymond Carver, Where I'm Calling From: New and Selected Stories

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