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The Past Quotes

16 of the best book quotes about the past
  1. #1
    “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.”
  2. #2
    “We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future.”
  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
    “Perhaps that’s why I find myself looking backward. The past has a clarity I can no longer see in the present.”
  6. #6
    “Things without all remedy should be without regard: what’s done is done.”
  7. #7
    “Can’t repeat the past?…Why of course you can!”
  8. #8
    “Respect the past; you never know how it may affect you.”
  9. #9
    “How can we live without our lives? How will we know it’s us without our past?”
  10. #10
    “When we think of the past it’s the beautiful things we pick out. We want to believe it was all like that.”
  11. #11
    “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.”
  12. #12
    “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.”
  13. #13
    “Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.”
  14. #14
    “The life where nothing was ever unexpected. Or inconvenient. Or unusual. The life without colour, pain or past.”
  15. #15
    “Live in the present, remember the past, and fear not the future, for it doesn’t exist and never shall. There is only now.”
  16. #16
    “At my age, I should not be afraid of anything—certainly not my own past.”
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