Looking Back Quotes

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Haruki Murakami
“I hurt myself deeply, though at the time I had no idea how deeply. I should have learned many things from that experience, but when I look back on it, all I gained was one single, undeniable fact. That ultimately I am a person who can do evil. I never consciously tried to hurt anyone, yet good intentions notwithstanding, when necessity demanded, I could become completely self-centred, even cruel. I was the kind of person who could, using some plausible excuse, inflict on a person I cared for a wound that would never heal.”
Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun

Michael Bassey Johnson
“People will walk in and walk out of your life, but the one whose footstep made a long lasting impression is the one you should never allow to walk out.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Mitch Albom
“We’re so wrapped up with egotistical things, career, family, having enough money, meeting the mortgage, getting a new car, fixing the radiator when it breaks—we’re involved in trillions of little acts just to keep going. So we don’t get into the habit of standing back and looking at our lives and saying, Is this all? Is this all I want? Is something missing?”
Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

Enid Blyton
“Remorse is a terrible thing to bear, Pam, one of the worst of all punishments in this life. To wish undone something you have done, to wish you could look back on kindness to someone you love, instead of on unkindness - that is a very terrible thing.”
Enid Blyton, House at the Corner

Jodi Picoult
“I don't know whether you can look at your past and find, woven like the hidden symbols on a treasure map, the path that will point to your final destination.”
Jodi Picoult, Handle with Care

Damon Galgut
“If I had done this, if I had said that, in the end you are always more tormented by what you didn't do than what you did, actions already performed can always be rationalized in time, the neglected deed might have changed the world.”
Damon Galgut, In a Strange Room

Nour Albawardi
“بحثتُ عنكَ طويلاً...
تحت عجلات السيّارات؛
في الأزقَّة؛
فوق الأرصفة؛
في وجوه الغرباء؛
بينَ حقائب الراحلين؛
وألصقتُ صورتكَ في ظهري من الخلف:
(هذا الذي يدفعني إلى جنون مُميت دلُّوه إلى وجهي)”
Nour Albawardi, النصف المضيء من الباب الموارب

Matthew McConaughey
“Life is our resume. It is our story to tell, and the choices we make write the chapters. Can we live in a way where we look forward to looking back?”
Matthew McConaughey, Greenlights

“The trouble with ‘if only’ is that it doesn’t change anything. It keeps the person facing the wrong way – backward instead of forward. It wastes time. In the end, if you let it become a habit, it can become a real roadblock – an excuse for not trying anymore.”
Arthur Gordon, A Touch of Wonder

André Aciman
“The past may or may not be a foreign country. It may morph or lie still, but its capital is always Regret, and what flushes through it is the grand canal of unfledged desires that feed into an archipelago of tiny might-have-beens that never really happened but aren't unreal for not happening and might still happen though we fear they never will. And I thought of Ole Brit holding back so much, as we all do when we look back to see that the roads we've left behind or not taken have all but vanished. Regret is how we hope to back into our real lives once we find the will, the blind drive and courage, to trade in the life we're given for the life that bears our name and ours only. Regret is how we look forward to things we've long lost yet never really had. Regret is hope without conviction, I said. We're torn between regret, which is the price to pay for things not done, and remorse, which is the cost for having done them. Between one and the other, time plays all its cozy little tricks.”
André Aciman, Enigma Variations

Helen Oyeyemi
“The whole thing was so intense, so full of hurt that when I look back at it I squint. I want it forgotten.”
Helen Oyeyemi, White is for Witching

Wallace Stegner
“What if I can't turn my head? I can look in any direction by turning my wheelchair, and I choose to look back. Rodman to the contrary notwithstanding, that is the only direction we can learn from.”
Wallace Stegner, Angle of Repose

“The only reason time seems to be moving rather fast is that sometimes we’re too busy living in the past.”
Dominic Riccitello

Cecelia Ahern
“To look back, to go back, is not to be weak. It is not to reopen wounds. It takes strength, it takes courage. It takes a person who is more in control of who they are to cast a discerning, non-judgmental eye over who they once were.”
Cecelia Ahern, Postscript

“Looking back, I have come to realize that the gang lifestyle back then—the fame, the respect, and the recognition—was stronger and powerful than any drug. We were serious with what we were dealing with. It was like a do or die situation. Shelton ‘Apples’ Burrows reform gang leader”
Drexel Deal, The Fight of My Life is Wrapped Up in My Father

Arti Manani
“Memories. That's all I have left. Memories of all the good I've done and all the bad too.”
Arti Manani, Seven Sins

Stewart Stafford
“The most overcrowded vessel is the one that sails on the golden sea of memories.”
Stewart Stafford

Mitta Xinindlu
“Remember who was there for you when you needed help.”
Mitta Xinindlu

Blake Crouch
“For so many lifetimes, he lived in a state of perpetual regret, returning obsessively and destructively to better times, to moments he wished he could change. Most of those lives he lived staring into the rearview mirror.”
Blake Crouch, Recursion

Nalini Priyadarshni
“guilt and discontent are my inheritance
A stranger to acceptance, embarrassed by attention
I am stuck at forgotten crossroads
everything I remember turns to ashes when touched by sunlight”
Nalini Priyadarshni

“Wie verändert blickt sie mich jetzt an, diese vergangene Zeit!”
Adelbert von Chamissoo

Mike Skinner
“Then the girl in the cafe taps me on the shoulder, I realise five years went by and I’m older, memories smoulder, winters colder, but that same piano loops over and over.”
Mike Skinner

Karen Hawkins
“When it's a memory, you already know the outcome, so we believe it was an easier time. Looking forward is much more uncertain, and so feels more complicated. But I don't think it is. Not really.”
Karen Hawkins, The Book Charmer

Iris Murdoch
“I have been on the whole a lucky man. And I would say that even now. Perhaps especially I would say it now.”
Iris Murdoch, The Black Prince

Iris Murdoch
“Of course, my dear, I cannot, how could I, altogether regret what has happened.”
Iris Murdoch, The Black Prince

Flynn Berry
“If I weighed my actions further in the past, the regret might kill me.”
Flynn Berry, Under the Harrow

Iris Murdoch
“I wonder if this is the end, thought Ducane, and if so what it will all have amounted to. How tawdry and small it has all been.”
Iris Murdoch, The Nice and the Good

Laurence Galian
“Looking out of the back of your head is a way that some shamans describe the shamanic experience.”
Laurence Galian, The Sun At Midnight: The Revealed Mysteries Of The Ahlul Bayt Sufis

George Michael
“You can only do what you’re capable of at the time.”
George Michael

“If she had answered him honestly she would have said this: To go back to the beginning. She would tell her thirteen-year-old-self not to visit the woman. To her twenty-five-year-old self: Find Simon, forgive him. She would tell herself to take care of Klara, to sign up for JDate, to stop the nurse before she took the baby out of her arms. She'd tell herself she would die, she would die, they all would. She would tell herself to pay attention to the smell of Klara's hair, the feel of Daniel's arms as he reached down to hug her, Simon's stubby thumbs- my God, their hands, all of them, Klara's hummingbird-quick, Daniel's slender and restless. She'd tell herself that what she really wanted was not to live forever, but to stop worrying.”
Chloe Benjamin, The Immortalists

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