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Quotations About The Past

Look back and smile at perils past. ~ Walter Scott

There is nothing in the whole world which abides. All things are in a state of ebb and flow, and every shadow passes away. Even time itself, like a river, is constantly gliding away . ~ Ovid

The present joys of life we doubly taste,
By looking back with pleasure to the past. ~ Martial

Never look for birds of this year in the nests of the last. ~ Miguel de Cervantes

No man is rich enough to buy back his past. ~ Oscar Wilde

Study the past if you would divine the future. ~Confucius

Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. ~ George Santayana

The passing minute is everyman's equal possession, but what has once gone by is not ours. ~ Marcus Aurelius

It is delightful to transport one's self into the spirit of the past, to see how a wise man has thought before us, and to what a glorious height we have at last reached ~ Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Only one accomplishment is beyond both the power and mercy of the Gods. They cannot make the past as though it had never been. ~ Aeschylus

We live in reference to past experience and not to future events, however inevitable. ~ H. G. Wells

The best prophet of the future is the past. ~ John Sherman

God cannot alter the past, but historians can. ~ Samuel Butler

Past and to come seems best; things present worst. - William Shakespeare

We all live in the past, because there is nothing else to live in. To live in the present is like proposing to sit on a pin. It is too minute, it is too slight a support, it is too uncomfortable a posture, and it is of necessity followed immediately by totally different experiences, analogous to those of jumping up with a yell. ~ G. K. Chesterson

Be not the slave of your own past. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Whereof what's past is prologue, what to come
In yours and my discharge.
~ William Shakespeare

Fear not the future, weep not for the past. ~ Shelley

I believe the future is the past again, only opened through another gate. ~ Pinero

You can never plan the future by the past. ~ Edmund Burke

I believe the future is only the past again, entered through another gate. ~ Sir Aurthur Wing Pinero

There is no past, as long as books shall live.
Books make the past our heritage and our home.
~ Edward Bulwer Lytton

Even God cannot change the past. ~ Agathon

Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future. ~ Oliver Wendell Holmes

The best prophet of the future is the past. ~ Byron

He is a fool who only sees the mischiefs that are past. ~ Bryant

  Twice does he live who can enjoy the remembrance of the past. ~ Ovid