Famous Quotes About the Past - the 201 most beautiful - wishesdb

All that is past no longer exists, but somehow it has remained within us regardless of how pleasant it may be or not.

It cannot be forgotten or changed and the only thing we can do is accept it without regret and look forward trying to learn from it for the present and the future.

Below is a series of the most beautiful Quotes About the Past (in English and Italian) to reflect on its importance in dealing with our choices. Here they are!

1. ““I don’t want to erase my past , because for better or for worse it made me who I am today. Indeed I thank those who made me discover the ‘ Love and Pain , who loved me and used, who said I love you believing and who did it only for its comfortable dirty. I thank myself for always having found the strength to … ” (CONTINUE READING)” – OSCAR WILDE

2. “How can the past and the future be, when the past is no longer and the future is not yet? As for the present, if it were always present and never past, it would not have been time but eternity.” – Augustine of Hippo

3. “Arriving at each new city, the traveler finds a past of his that he no longer knew he had: the strangeness of what you are no longer or no longer possess awaits you at the crossing in strange and unowned places .” – ITALO CALVINO

4. “I reinvented the past to see the beauty of the future.” – LOUIS ARAGON

5. “The past cannot be changed, forgotten, modified or erased; can only be accepted.” – Anonymous

6. “Don’t look at the past with anger or at the future with anxiety , but look around carefully.” – JAMES GROVER THURBER

7. “Time does not exist, it is only a dimension of the soul. The past does not exist as it no longer exists, the future does not exist as it has yet to be, and the present is only a non-existent instant of separation between past and future.” – St. Augustine

8. “People often find it easier to be a result of the past than a cause of the future.”

9. “A sponge to erase the past, a rose to sweeten the present and a kiss to greet the future.” – Guy de Maupassant

10. “I don’t want a future that will break ties with the past.” – George Eliot

11. “If the point where you immerse yourself in a river is the present, I thought, then the past is the water that has passed you, the one that goes downwards and where there is nothing left for you, while the future is the water that falls from above, bringing dangers and surprises . The past is downstream, the future upstream . ” – PAOLO COGNETTI

12. “The present contains nothing but the past; thus, what is discovered in the effect was already found in the cause.” – Henri Louis Bergson

13. “Don’t regret too much of the choices you have made in the past . Simply do the right ones in the future. We are always able to change and give the best of ourselves.” – CASSANDRA CLARE

14. “We must have only the guitar and the memories behind us .” – LUIS SEPÚLVEDA

15. “The past is like a candle placed at an inadequate distance: too close to make you quiet, too far away to comfort you.” – Amy Bloom

16. “Children have no past and this is the whole mystery of the magical innocence of their smile.” – Milan Kundera

17. “Don’t dwell on the past ; don’t dream of the future, focus your mind on the present moment .” – BUDDHA

18. “I don’t care about the past. I am interested in the future, because that is where I expect to spend the rest of my life.” – Charles F. Kettering

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19. “The story is the version of past events that people have decided to agree on.” – Napoleon Bonaparte

20. “We row, boats against the current, pushed back into the past without stopping.” – Francis Scott Fitzgerald

21. “Living in the past is almost like living in a coffin… it’s totally limiting, and it ends up being a lid on your growth…” – Doug Firebaugh

22. “When I look back, I’m usually more sorry for the things I didn’t do than for the things I shouldn’t have done.” – Malcolm Forbes

23. “Will we ever get rid of this past? It is found in the present like the dead body of a giant.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

24. “The past is only the present that has become invisible and mute; and since he is invisible and mute, his memorized glances and murmurs are infinitely precise: We are the past of tomorrow.” – Mary Webb

25. “There are only three sources of disappointment: past, present and future.” – Alessandro Morandotti

26. “The past is a sign of direction, not a pole to lean on.” – Thomas Holcroft

27. “It is built on failure . Use it as a stepping stone. Close the door of the past , don’t forget your mistakes , but don’t fixate on them. Don’t let it have any of your energy , time or space.” – JOHNNY CASH

28. “The following day is the pupil of the previous one.” – Publilius Syrus

29. “The past is the most fragile element: it always fades. And the most stable: it never changes.” – Alessandra Paganardi

30. “Every object that has survived the past is precious because it carries within it an illusion of eternity. Because it represents a victory over Time that wears out and withers and kills, a defeat of Death .” – ORIANA FALLACI

31. “The future torments us, the past holds us back, the present eludes us.” – Gustave Flaubert

32. “The past can hurt. But as I see it, you can escape from the past, or learn something.” – Walt Disney

33. “Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must throw away our past over and over again.” – Buddha

34. “The illusion that past times were better than present times has probably pervaded every era.” – Horace Greeley

35. “I can’t change the past but I can try to improve the future.”

36. “Of the past we should take back the fires, and not its ashes.” – Jean Leon Jaurès

37. “Why worry about the past: what’s done is done. Why worry about the future: fate is fate”

38. “My past is everything I have failed to be.” – Fernando Pessoa

39. “The past can do harm. But in my view from the past you can escape … or learn something. ” – 

40. “The “good time gone” … time is always good when it’s gone.” – George Gordon Byron

41. “It is not necessary to give up the past to enter the future. When you change things, you don’t need to lose them.” – JOHN CAGE

42. “At some point, almost instinctively, we looked back and we see that a gate was bolted behind us, closing the route of return .” – DINO BUZZATI

43. “A man cannot break free from the past more easily than he can from his body.” – André Maurois

44. “I can’t go back to yesterday because I was a different person then.” – Lewis Carroll

45. “The past cannot be changed, but the future is in your hands.” – Mary Pickford

46. “Things without any remedy should be without regard: what’s done is done.” – William Shakespeare

47. “The past attracts me, the present scares me, because the future is death.” – Guy de Maupassant

48. “The city does not tell its past , it contains it like the lines of a hand , written in the corners of the streets, in the grilles of the windows, in the handrails of the stairs , in the antennas of the lightning rods, in the flagpoles, each segment lined in its time of scratches, serrations, carvings, svirgole. ” – 

49. “Mom always said: you have to throw the past behind you before moving on.” – Forrest Gump

50. “We often go into debt with the future to pay off debts with the past .” – KHALIL GIBRAN

51. “Living in the past is a stupid and lonely activity. Looking back hurts your neck muscles, makes you bump into people preventing you from going straight on your way.” – Edna Ferber

Quotes about forgetting the past and moving on

1. “Knowing how to relive the past with pleasure is living twice.”

2. “The past is behind, learn from it. The future is ahead, get ready. The present is here, live.” – Anonymous

3. “The present is a point just past.” – David Russel

4. “Have respect for the past, as a young man he too was a future.” – Marcel Proust

5. “The past has revealed the structure of the future to me.” – PIERRE TEILHARD DE CHARDIN

6. “We are made wise not by the memory of our past, but by responsibility for our future.”

7. “It’s past history, past history , and the game goes on. A new deck of cards. Another glass . And a lot of sadness . They built us not to last, and we waste so much, we make so many mistakes.” – CHARLES BUKOWSKI

8. “Only what has passed or changed or disappeared reveals its real face to us.” – Cesare Pavese

9. “Let your past make you better, not bitter.” – Anonymous

10. “Crying over a past evil is the surest way to attract new evils . When luck takes away what can not be saved, we must have patience : it changes in jest his offense .” – WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

11. “Now no reflection could be afforded, no looking back; not even forward. One should not only think about the past or the future. The first was a page so sweetly heavenly, so deadly sad, that reading a line of it would have melted my courage and destroyed my energy. The other was an ugly void, something like the world after the flood.” – Charlotte Brontë

12. “If I were to relive my life, I would live it exactly as I did. I don’t complain about the past, nor do I fear the future.” – Michel de Montaigne

13. “There is no distance on this land as far away as yesterday.” – GEORGE JEAN NATHAN

14. “We need to smell the past to give the right value to the present.” – DUMITRU NOVAC

15. “Men spend the first half of their existence dreaming of the future and the second half regretting the past” – Pino Caruso

16. “All those who forget their past are doomed to relive it.” – Primo Levi

17. “The only difference between a saint and a sinner is that every saint has a past while every sinner has a future.” – OSCAR WILDE

18. “I live neither in my past nor in my future. I only have the present, and it is the present that interests me. If you can keep yourself in the present all the time, you will be a happy man . The life will be a feast , a great feast, because it is always and only when we are experiencing.” – PAULO COELHO

19. “What lies behind us and what lies in front of us are very little compared to what is inside of us.” – RALPH WALDO EMERSON

20. “The future haunts us, the past holds us back. This is why the present eludes us.” – Gustave Flaubert

21. “There are three times: present of the past , present of the present, present of the future. These three times are in my soul and I don’t see them anywhere else. The present of the past , which is history ; the present of the present, which is the vision ; the present of the future, which is waiting.” – ST. AUGUSTINE

22. ““The past had to stay where it was. She repeated it every time she remembers and regrets they sang her the usual sad song . “” – MANUELA STEFANI

23. “Do you keep some souvenirs from your past, or how do you think you’ll ever prove it wasn’t all a dream?” – Ashleigh Brilliant

24. “When we hug someone we look over their shoulder. It is a way to infect the past with the future that we cannot change.”

25. “We all have a little piece of the past that falls apart or is sold piece by piece. Except that for most people it’s not a garden; it’s the way we thought about something or someone.” – Amor Towles

26. “The future affects the present as much as the past .” – FRIEDRICH WILHELM NIETZSCHE

27. “Every now and then I would like to be able to travel through time, go to the me of the past, put an arm around my shoulders and say, “Are you worried about everything that has to happen? Don’t worry, not one of your dreams will come true but you won’t stop dreaming. You will make many mistakes but some of them will be opportunities. And what frightened you the most will only make you stronger ”.” – Fabrizio Caramagna

28. “If we open a dispute between the past and the present, we will discover that we have lost the future.”

29. “I don’t want to think about the past anymore , but he just thinks about me and wants me back.” – JEAN-PAUL MALFATTI

30. “Losing the past means losing the future.” – Wang Shu

Quotes about leaving the past behind

1. “The decisions of our past are the foundation of our present.” – DAN BROWN

2. “Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it.” – George Santayana

3. “The Past lies on the Present like the dead body of a giant.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

4. ” Remembering the past is for the future, so you won’t repeat the same mistakes : you’ll invent new ones.” – GROUCHO MARX

5. “It may be possible to travel into the past . While this might be a good thing for science fiction writers , it would also mean that nobody’s life would ever be safe : someone could in fact go into the past and kill your father or mother before you were conceived!” – STEPHEN HAWKING

6. “If you want to understand today, you had to look for yesterday.” – Pearl Buck

7. “The future has already passed, and we haven’t even noticed it.” – Anonymous

8. “Oh past, tell me about when as a child I made sand castles, and the bucket full of water and sun laughed.” – Fabrizio Caramagna

9. “The future is a door, the past is the key.” – Victor Hugo

10. ” History is a war against time, as it calls to new life facts and heroes of the past .” – ALESSANDRO MANZONI

11. “Take time to collect the past so that you will be able to learn from your experience and invest it in the future.” – JIM ROHN

12. “The only fascinating thing about the past is that it has passed.” – Oscar Wilde

13. “The past is not a package that can be put aside.” – Emily Dickinson

14. “Don’t stop in the past, don’t dream about the future, focus your thoughts on the present moment.”

15. “Let’s start inventing tomorrow instead of worrying about what happened yesterday.” – STEVE JOBS

16. “What has passed is a prologue.” – William Shakespeare

17. “Settle the accounts with the past: return to the clinic where you were born and return the slap to the gynecologist.”

18. “There is no distance on this earth as far away as yesterday.” – George Jena Nathan

19. “The past is like a lamp placed at the entrance of the future.” – Félicité Robert de Lamennais

20. “When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.” – Alexis de Tocqueville

21. “Nobody should be judged for their past alone.”

22. “The best thing to live well is to have a great past and never remember it.” – Fulvio Fiori

23. “Think about the past only when remembering it gives you pleasure.” – Jane Austen

24. “The past is attacked behind us. We don’t have to see it; but we can always feel it.” – Mignon McLaughlin

25. “The scenes of our life are like crude mosaics. Look closely they produce no effect, you cannot see anything beautiful until you look at it from a distance.” – Arthur Schopenhauer

26. “Our scars make us know that our past was for real.” – Jane Austen

27. “It is by no means an irrational fantasy that, in a future existence, we will consider what we think of our present existence as a dream.” – Edgar Allan Poe

28. “The past is the substance of which time is made; therefore this immediately becomes past.” – Jorge Luis Borges

29. “At every crossroads on the path leading to the future, tradition has placed 10,000 men to guard the past.” – Maurice Maeterlinck

30. “My past is my past . It is a fact. I can’t change it. I’m lucky you don’t have one, because I’d go crazy if I did.” – EL JAMES

31. ““Sometimes we think we are homesick for a faraway place, while strictly speaking we are only homesick for the time we lived in that place when we were younger and fresher. Thus time deceives us under the guise of space . If we make the trip and go there, we realize the deception . “” – ARTHUR SCHOPENHAUER

32. “If you are still attached to an old dream from yesterday, and you keep putting flowers on its grave every moment, you cannot plant the seeds for a new dream that can grow today.” – Joyce Chapman

33. “We also regret the past because we remember it badly.” – Roberto Gervaso

34. “I have never tried to remove my memories , not even the saddest ones. I don’t understand people who hide from their past : every event you have experienced helps you to be the person you are today.” – SOPHIA LOREN

35. “Do you feel it too? There are winds that come from the sky. And there are winds from the past.” – Fabrizio Caramagna

36. “Children have neither past nor future; they enjoy the present, which very few of us do.” – Jean de La Bruyère

37. “Don’t waste fresh tears on old pains.” – Euripides

38. “Life is divided into three stages : in the present, past and future. Of these, the present is very short; the future, doubtful: the past , of course.” – LUCIO ANNEO SENECA

39. “It is a very poor memory that works only backwards.” – LEWIS CARROLL

40. “The past is not only what happened but also what could have happened but did not happen.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach

Famous quotes about the past

1. “The essay does not worry about the past because it is over and cannot be changed , and does not worry about the future because it is yet to come.” – 

2. “But, when nothing exists of an ancient past, after the death of beings, after the destruction of things, alone, more tenuous but more vivid, more immaterial, more persistent, more faithful, the smell and the taste, a long time still they persist, like souls, to remember, to wait, to hope, over the ruin of everything else, bringing on their almost impalpable drop, without wavering, the immense edifice of memory.” 

3. “Strange, what brings back the past so vividly at times.” – Harriet Beecher Stowe

4. “The past is a museum of statues from there”

5. “Sometimes the past is something you just can’t forget and other times the past is something you would do anything to forget. And sometimes we learn something new from the past, which changes everything we know about the present.” – Meredith Gray

6. “Rejoice in the things that are present; everything else is beyond you.” – Michel de Montaigne

7. “People who claim yesterday was better than today are devaluing their existence.” – Karl Lagerfeld

8. “The man who lives in three places – in the past, in the present and in the future – can be unhappy if one of these three is worthless. Religion has even added a fourth – eternity.” – Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

9. “Historians falsify the past, ideologues the future” – Zarko Petan

10. “My past: when it was good, I remember the situation; when it was bad, I remember myself.” – Peter Handke

11. “If you don’t learn from the past it redraws itself over and over again, always the same.” 

12. “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” – Lesley P. Hartley

13. “Never let the sadness of your past and fear of the future ruin the happiness of your present.”

14. “The further I leave the past behind me, the closer I am to forging my character.” – Isabelle Eberhardt

15. “This alone is denied to God: undoing the past.” – Aristotle

16. “In people’s eyes you see what they will see, not what they have seen.” – ALESSANDRO BARICCO

17. ” Silence means that the images of the past do not arouse desires but sadness , a huge disconsolate melancholy .” – ERICH MARIA REMARQUE

18. “It is not true, as many say, that one can bury the past . The past clings with its claws to the present.” – KHALED HOSSEINI

19. “You should never look at old portraits. In fact, you should never have a portrait done. The years pass, and one day we have painful witnesses of our youth, of the past.” – Maxence Van der Meersch

20. “Don’t let your past determine your fate.” – Confucius

21. “Past: me, they delivered me yesterday. Future: me, they will behead me tomorrow.” – Roberto Morpurgo

22. “The laws of science do not distinguish between past and future.” – STEPHEN HAWKING

23. “So let each season encompass all the others, and the present embraces the past with memory and the future with expectation.” – KHALIL GIBRAN

24. “I have tried to forget the past. – And he? – He asked for hospitality to the future. So I’ll never get rid of it.” – 

25. “Learn from the past, live in the present, hope for the future.” – Albert Einstein

26. “Don’t let your past be thrown into your present to destroy your future.”

27. “People always do that. He regrets the past as if the past equals the concept of good and hates the present as if the present equals the concept of evil: deliberately ignoring that in the past they did the same.” – Oriana Fallaci

28. “The past is the only dead thing that smells good .” – PALINURUS

29. “And so we go on, boats against the current , ceaselessly dragged towards the past .” – FRANCIS SCOTT KEY FITZGERALD

30. ” History is testimony of the past , light of truth, life of memory , teacher of life , herald of ancient times.”

31. “Life can only be understood by looking back, even if it must be lived looking forward – that is, towards something that does not exist.” – Claudio Magris

32. “It is difficult to live in the present, ridiculous to live in the future, and impossible to live in the past. Nothing is as far away as a minute ago.” – Jim Bishop

33. “The optimist is the man who hopes in the future to have a better past” – Efim Tarlapan

34. ” Life is a gift and every birthday is a new beginning : make sure that every day is clothed with hope , so that the shadows of the past do not obscure the light of the future.”

35. “If the present tries to judge the past , it will lose the future.” – SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL

36. “Gratitude looks to the past and love to the present; fear , greed , lust and ambition look to the future.” – CS LEWIS

37. “The colors and scents of the past in our hearts are always more vivid and sweet than those of the present.” – 

38. “Don’t let the past tell you who you are, but let it be part of who you will become.”

39. “I’d give all my days for a single yesterday.” – Jim Morrison

40. “Don’t look back days with a desperate heart. They were simply points that can now connect with our present, to help us outline the outline of a better tomorrow.” – Anonymous

Quotes about the past and moving on

1. “The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet.” – Edward Thomas

2. “The past does not change, but if the present is changed , the future also changes .” – JEAN-PAUL MALFATTI

3. “As we age, the past expands and the present shrinks. You can put fewer and fewer things in that present. Like a suitcase or an ever smaller drawer.” – Fabrizio Caramagna

4. “There are days when the sky is clear blue and everything seems to go towards the future, but despite this I feel stuck. I feel the shadow that is beside me and looks at me without speaking to me. It is dense and seems linked to a past from which I cannot break away.” – Fabrizio Caramagna

5. “People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present and future is just a stubbornly persistent illusion.” – Albert Einstein

6. “No matter how hard the past was, you can always start over.” – Buddha

7. “Our life is not ours. From womb to grave we are linked to others, past and present, and from every crime and every kindness we generate our future. “

8. “Tomorrow’s truth feeds on yesterday’s error.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

9. ““You can’t change what has been. Past experiences have built who we are today. What’s the point of complaining about how things went , we can’t do anything about it. “” – DANIELA VOLONTÈ

10. “Everyone has their own past closed within themselves like the pages of a book learned by heart and of which friends can only read the title.” – Virginia Woolf

11. “Don’t let the past take up too much space in the present.” – Will Rogers

12. “Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forward.” – Søren Kierkegaard

13. “Our being is our past. And only with the past is it possible to judge people.” – Oscar Wilde

14. “No man is rich enough to buy back his past.” – Oscar Wilde

15. “Nothing revives the past more intensely than a smell that was once associated with it.” – Vladimir Nabokov

16. “If you’re still talking about what you did yesterday, you haven’t done much today.” – Anonymous

17. “Study the past if you want to predict the future.” – Confucius

18. “Old age begins when your attachment to the past outweighs your excitement about the future.” – Alan Parisse

19. “The only charm of the past is that it has passed.” – Oscar Wilde

20. “When the past is at stake , we all become novelists.” – STEPHEN KING

21. “Only the experiences we have lived and the decisions made lead you to be who you are in the present.” – DANIELA VOLONTÈ

22. “Come on, the best is over.” – Ennio Flaiano

23. “More than looking at the past, we are always intent on the future.” – BENITO MUSSOLINI

24. “Gratitude looks to the past and loves the present; fear, greed, lust and ambition look ahead.” – CS Lewis

25. “Good time management involves knowing that today is all we have to work . The past time is irretrievably gone, the future just a concept. The art critic John Ruskin had the word TODAY engraved on a small block of marble to keep on the desk as a constant reminder to act now.” – EDWIN BLISS

26. “Close to bare singularities it might be possible to make journeys into the past. While this might be a good thing for science fiction writers, it would also mean that nobody’s life would ever be safe – someone could go into the past and kill your father or mother before you were conceived!” – Stephen Hawking

27. “Don’t ignore your past if you care about your future.” – ANTONIO ASCHIAROLO

28. “Perhaps one of the troubles of the ‘ Italy is to have for the capital a city of proportion, like name and past , the modesty of a people who, when he cries’ Forza Roma! Only alludes to a team of football.” – INDRO MONTANELLI

29. “True paradises are the paradises that have been lost.” – Marcel Proust

30. “He tried to put a stone on it, but it refused to cover the past.” – Alice Munro

31. “Where we are not, it is good. In the past we are no longer and it appears beautiful to us.” – Anton Chekhov

32. “I left a lot of things unfinished. But this is natural. And, by the way, it is worth remembering that in French the past tense is called imperfect.” – Charles De Gaulle

33. “Yesterday passed. Tomorrow has not arrived yet. We only have today: let’s get started.”

34. “The more anger towards the past you keep in your heart, the less capable you are of loving the present.” – BARBARA DE ANGELIS

35. “The past is a good place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.”

36. “The past cannot be changed. The future is still in your power.”

37. “I can only note that the past is beautiful because an emotion never realizes in that moment. It expands later, and therefore we do not have complete emotions in the present, but only in the past.”

38. “The past relives every day because it has never passed.”

39. “Nostalgia: the memory of past things .” – 

40. “The past doesn’t worry me: it has done the damage it had to do; I’m worried about the future, which has yet to do them.” – Pino Caruso

The past is closely connected to the future, and now a study by University College London also demonstrates this. According to research conducted by Eleanore Maguire, those with amnesia not only forget the past, but cannot even imagine the future.

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