Quotes About The Past

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Haruki Murakami
“No matter what they wish for, no matter how far they go, people can never be anything but themselves. That's all.”
Haruki Murakami, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman: 24 Stories

Margaret Atwood
“When you're young, you think everything you do is disposable. You move from now to now, crumpling time up in your hands, tossing it away. You're your own speeding car. You think you can get rid of things, and people too—leave them behind. You don't yet know about the habit they have, of coming back.

Time in dreams is frozen. You can never get away from where you've been.”
Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

Margaret Atwood
“When we think of the past it's the beautiful things we pick out. We want to believe it was all like that.”
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

Iyanla Vanzant
“You can accept or reject the way you are treated by other people, but until you heal the wounds of your past, you will continue to bleed. You can bandage the bleeding with food, with alcohol, with drugs, with work, with cigarettes, with sex, but eventually, it will all ooze through and stain your life. You must find the strength to open the wounds, stick your hands inside, pull out the core of the pain that is holding you in your past, the memories, and make peace with them”
Iyanla Vanzant, Yesterday, I Cried

Cassandra Clare
“If you never tell anyone the truth about yourself, eventually you start to forget. The love, the heartbreak, the joy, the despair, the things I did that were good, the things I did that were shameful--if I kept them all inside, my memories of them would start to disappear. And then I would disappear.”
Cassandra Clare, City of Heavenly Fire

Robert Browning
“how sad and bad and mad it was - but then, how it was sweet”
Robert Browning

Chuck Palahniuk
“Those who forget the past are condemned to repeat it.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Choke

Shannon L. Alder
“Accomplishments don’t erase shame, hatred, cruelty, silence, ignorance, discrimination, low self-esteem or immorality. It covers it up, with a creative version of pride and ego. Only restitution, forgiving yourself and others, compassion, repentance and living with dignity will ever erase the past.”
Shannon L. Alder

Shannon L. Alder
“My father taught me that you can you read a hundred books on wisdom and write a hundred books on wisdom, but unless you apply what you learned then its only words on a page. Life is not lived with intentions, but action.”
Shannon L. Alder

Adele Parks
“The past is for learning from and letting go. You can't revisit it. It vanishes.”
Adele Parks, Young Wives' Tales

Stephen R. Covey
“Live out of your imagination, not your history.”
Stephen R. Covey

Alexandra Bracken
“But there's a beginning in an end, you know? It's true that you can't reclaim what you had, but you can lock it up behind you. Start fresh.”
Alexandra Bracken, The Darkest Minds

Shannon L. Alder
“A deceitful man will go as far as to trample all over a woman’s reputation and spirit, in order to prove to his ex-love that he was faithful. The irony, is he is still in love with his ex and the new woman in his life doesn’t even realize it.”
Shannon L. Alder

Shannon L. Alder
“What if you were wrong? What if everything you ever believed was a lie? What if you missed your opportunity because you didn't know your worth? What if you settled on familiar, but God was trying to give you something better? What if you decided not to go backwards, but forward? What if doing what you have never done before was the answer to everything that didn't make sense? What if the answer wasn't to be found in words, but in action? What if you found the courage to do what you really wanted to do and doing it changed your whole life?”
Shannon L. Alder

William Maxwell
“What we, or at any rate what I, refer to confidently as memory--meaning a moment, a scene, a fact that has been subjected to a fixative and thereby rescued from oblivion--is really a form of storytelling that goes on continually in the mind and often changes with the telling. Too many conflicting emotional interests are involved for life ever to be wholly acceptable, and possibly it is the work of the storyteller to rearrange things so that they conform to this end. In any case, in talking about the past we lie with every breath we draw.”
William Maxwell, So Long, See You Tomorrow

Zena Wynn
“Rehashing the past wouldn't change anything. Time to move forward.”
Zena Wynn, Beyond the Breaking Point

Martha Graham
“Looking at the past is like lolling in a rocking chair. It is so relaxing and you can rock back and forth on the porch, and never go forward. ”
Martha Graham, Blood Memory

Jeffery Deaver
“That's the past for you. Not only does it come back at the most unexpected, and inconvenient, times but it's set in stone.”
Jeffery Deaver, Edge

Libba Bray
“Every city is a ghost.
New buildings rise upon the bones of the old so that each shiny steel bean, each tower of brick carries within it the memories of what has gone before, an architectural haunting. Sometimes you can catch a glimpse of these former incarnations in the awkward angle of a street or filigreed gate, an old oak door peeking out from a new facade, the plaque commemorating the spot that was once a battleground, which became a saloon and is now a park.”
Libba Bray, Lair of Dreams

Timothy B. Tyson
“It baffles me that people think that obliterating the past will save them from its consequences, as if throwing away the empty cake plate would help you lose weight.”
Timothy B. Tyson, Blood Done Sign My Name: A True Story

Louis L'Amour
“A ship does not sail with yesterday's wind.”
Louis L'Amour, The Walking Drum

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