Past And Present Quotes

Quotes tagged as "past-and-present" (showing 1-30 of 53)
Steve Goodier
“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.”
Steve Goodier

Maggie Stiefvater
“Fuck the past. This was the present.”
Maggie Stiefvater, The Dream Thieves

Kage Baker
“I don't think humanity just replays history, but we are the same people our ancestors were, and our descendants are going to face a lot of the same situations we do. It's instructive to imagine how they would react, with different technologies on different worlds. That's why I write science fiction -- even though the term 'science fiction' excites disdain in certain persons.”
Kage Baker

Glen Cook
“I'm a bad man. I need to understand the past. It illuminates the present.”
Glen Cook, Swords & Dark Magic: The New Sword and Sorcery

Rose Macaulay
“The ascendancy over men's minds of the ruins of the stupendous past, the past of history, legend and myth, at once factual and fantastic, stretching back and back into ages that can but be surmised, is half-mystical in basis. The intoxication, at once so heady and so devout, is not the romantic melancholy engendered by broken towers and mouldered stones; it is the soaring of the imagination into the high empyrean where huge episodes are tangled with myths and dreams; it is the stunning impact of world history on its amazed heirs.”
Rose Macaulay, The Pleasure of Ruins

“Human migration is an important part of our ancestral story. The places we live shape us, the places we leave behind forges our history, and the places we might travel to becomes our mysterious future.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

“He may actually have been existing in the past and approximating a conceivable future, which brought even the assumption of his immediate perceptions as being in the present into doubt. And thus, he couldn’t—beyond a hint of skepticism—say that he truly existed right now and in this moment, but instead it seemed more rational to assume that he simply existed and nothing more.”
Ashim Shanker, Don't Forget to Breathe

“It's all history out there, Clemens. Your history, my history. You and me, boy, not dates and things. You and me. That's what history is all about. How we came to be here, in the way we are, the clothes we wear.”
David Wiseman, Jeremy Visick

Thaiia Senquetta
“Healing is your right, your responsibility and the risk you can't afford not to take.”
Thaiia Senquetta, Honey peppered tongue

Trevor Noah
“Learn from your past and be better because of your past, but don't cry about your past. Life is full of pain. Let the pain sharpen you, but don't hold on to it. Don't be bitter.”
Trevor Noah

“We live in the present with knowledge that the past is alive in us – our history speaks to us. The future represents an idea or expectations that influence our present state of mind.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Thaiia Senquetta
“For every spirit who is learning: you heal yourself.”
Thaiia Senquetta, Honey peppered tongue

Thaiia Senquetta
“You must have thought more times than you realized "it will hurt".

You should know it may. Okay. It may hurt immensely to open you up in your safe, dark space, sporadic light and chaotic air hitting you unlike anything you have known. Sometimes it will feel impossible to swallow. Because finding your way back to you involves telling the truth about oneself while pushing through a field of trees that are all whispering different tones of you.”
Thaiia Senquetta, Honey peppered tongue

“Humans recognize the duality, autonomy, and latitude range of the mind and the body, and all humans comprehend their impending mortality. Unlike other animals, humankind knows despair brought about by understanding the inevitability of death of all living creatures. The radius of human thought touching upon the longitude of our transient existence causes infinite pain. Seeking to ameliorate existential anguish incites us to ponder spiritual matters, and this sphere of mental activity spurs us to contemplate the perimeter of unknown frontiers. Our ability to understand the compass of life and death allows us to view the circumference of the world as consisting of a past, a present, and a future in relation to our own lives. How a person views the range of their earthly life and how a person rationalizes their march towards a deathly outback creates a system of beliefs that separate people into classes, and the variations amongst class members’ belief systems supplements who we think we are.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

P.D. James
“The past can't now be altered, the future has yet to be lived, and consciously to experience every moment of the present is the only way to gain at least the illusion of immortality.”
P.D. James, Time To Be In Earnest: A Fragment Of Autobiography

“Human beings intuitively divide time into the past, the present, and the future. We perceive the past as immutable and fixed, the present as reflecting actuality, and the future as undefined and nebulous. As time passes, the moment that was once was part of the present becomes part of the past; and a moment of the heretofore previously unrealized future arrives and becomes the new present. The past is a record, the present is real, and the future is an imaginary thought.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Richelle E. Goodrich
“It is a fight to let go of a past that refuses to withdraw its sticky tentacles from your present.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Slaying Dragons

Garth Risk Hallberg
“Because if every moment of a life is present in every other, so is every old self you've ever tried to outrun. And then how to know—the present self having always felt flimsy, somehow, compared to the one so acutely alive under the kitchen table—which you, specifically, is the real one?”
Garth Risk Hallberg, City on Fire

Iris Murdoch
“The past and present are after all so close, almost one, as if time were an artificial teasing out of a material which longs to join, to interpenetrate, and to become heavy and very small like some of those heavenly bodies scientists tell us of.”
Iris Murdoch

“Our essential humanity is dependent upon humankind’s ability to join the past and the future with the present. Recollections and future projections grant us the ability to cogitate, analyze, and evaluate. Contrasting memories enable us to ascertain what is true and false, and determine what is charming, attractive, stunning, or sublime. Remembrance of the past serves to comfort us, awareness of the future offers us hope, while our dutiful engagement in the present is capable of arresting our complete attention.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Lily Graham
“If you're going to make the past your present, be prepared for a lifetime of dust ...”
Lily Graham, The Cornish Escape

“We lavish more attention onto our past, after its done, than in the making of it. as a result; "What is done" and "Could have been" becomes ruthless killers lurking in the darkness of our consciousness.”
Efrat Cybulkiewicz

“Only by acceptance of the past will you alter its meaning.”
Sally Brampton, Shoot the Damn Dog: A Memoir of Depression

“The whole of eternity is present now. We apprehend eternity through our senses and mental imagination. We can never recapture lost time. Memory allows us to taste the scintillating experience of living by recollecting our past in a series of sequential personal events and an orderly arrangement of a linked series of cultural happenings. Writing our personal story calls for us to remember the sensation of what it entails to live tactilely before losing lucidity of the mind.”
Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls

Maurice Maeterlinck
“The angels that dry our eyes bear the form and the features of all we have said and thought—above all, of what we have done, prior to the hour of misfortune.”
Maurice Maeterlinck, Wisdom And Destiny

Rani Manicka
“Trecutul e ca un infirm fără mâini și fără picioare,cu ochi șireți,o limbă ascuțită și o memorie bună.”
Rani Manicka, The Rice Mother

“When you make it an issue, it does not just become an issue, but it also grows to become a history and a footprint! Don’t just make anything at all an issue, and don’t let anything at all be a footprint! Note these three kinds of histories: the history we remember and regard, the history we do not remember, and the history we remember, but we do not regard! The true meaning of history is in how we remember and give meaning to history!”
Ernest Agyemang Yeboah

Mehmet Murat ildan
“When your tristful past is often haunting your mind, then you will look less human and more ghost!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

“A library may be described as a gigantic mincing-machine into which the labours of the past are flung, to be turned out again in a slightly altered form as the literature of the present.”
John Willis Clark

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