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The Past Quotes

21 of the best book quotes about the past
  1. #1
    “We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.”
  2. #2
    “Perhaps--I want the old days back again and they’ll never come back, and I am haunted by the memory of them and of the world falling about my ears.”
  3. #3
    “Everyone has a past, but that’s just it—it’s in the past. You can learn from it, but you can’t change it.”
  4. #4
    “The past can be escaped only by embracing something better, and he figured that was what she’d done.”
  5. #5
    “Things without all remedy should be without regard: what’s done is done.”
  6. #6
    “You have blotted out the past for me, far more effectively than all the bright lights of Monte Carlo.”
  7. #7
    “Perhaps that’s why I find myself looking backward. The past has a clarity I can no longer see in the present.”
  8. #8
    “The past and the present are within my field of inquiry, but what a man may do in the future is a hard question to answer.”
  1. #9
    “Strange, what brings these past things so vividly back to us, sometimes!”
  2. #10
    “Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!”
  3. #11
    “I had decided to study not history, but historians. I suppose my interest came from the sense of groundlessness I’d felt since learning about the Holocaust and the civil rights movement--since realizing that what a person knows about the past is limited, and will always be limited, to what they are told by others. I knew what it was to have a misconception corrected--a misconception of such magnitude that shifting it shifted the world. Now I needed to understand how the great gatekeepers of history had come to terms with their own ignorance and partiality. I thought if I could accept that what they had written was not absolute but was the result of a biased process of conversation and revision, maybe I could reconcile myself with the fact that the history most people agreed upon was not the history I had been taught.”
  4. #12
    “Respect the past; you never know how it may affect you.”
  5. #13
    “How can we live without our lives? How will we know it’s us without our past?”
  6. #14
    “When we think of the past it’s the beautiful things we pick out. We want to believe it was all like that.”
  7. #15
    “I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now.”
  8. #16
    “The past could always be annihilated. Regret, denial, or forgetfulness could do that. But the future was inevitable. There were passions in him that would find their terrible outlet, dreams that would make the shadow of their evil real.”
  1. #17
    “Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.”
  2. #18
    “I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shut out the lessons that they teach.”
  3. #19
    “The life where nothing was ever unexpected. Or inconvenient. Or unusual. The life without colour, pain or past.”
  4. #20
    “Live in the present, remember the past, and fear not the future, for it doesn’t exist and never shall. There is only now.”
  5. #21
    “At my age, I should not be afraid of anything—certainly not my own past.”
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