8 junio, 2024

100 phrases from the past that will make you reflect

He past It is a human concept that identifies the time that has already happened, the events, events and experiences that have happened both at a general and particular level. The past is part of what we know as history.

It has been the subject of study by numerous philosophers, who have reflected on what it means to «live in the past» as a way of avoiding the present and planning for the future.

We have made a selection of the best phrases from the past of great authors such as Friedrich Nietzsche, George Santayana, Eckhart Tolle, Confucius, Oscar Wilde, William Shakespeare, Napoleon Bonaparte and many more.

The best phrases of the past

-The past is a ghost, the future is a dream and all we have is now.-Bill Cosby.

30-Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it.-George Santayana.

3-We are the product of our past, but we do not have to be its prisoner.-Rick Warren.

-The past is never dead. It is not even past.-William Faulkner.

3-There is a delicate balance between honoring the past and getting lost in it.-Eckhart Tolle.

-Studying the past can define the future.-Confucius.

-Use the past to have a better future.-Darren Witt.

3-In the past things seem better than they really were.-Denn Carr.

4-Do not let the past steal your present.-Taylor Caldwell.

-The past really happened, but history is only what someone wrote.-A. Whitney Brown.

You can lose your way among the shadows of the past.-Louis-Ferdinand Céline.

-The moments of the past do not remain still, they become what we want.-Marcel Trasm.

-A people without the knowledge of its past history, its origin and culture is like a tree without roots.-Marcus Garvey.

-Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived looking forward.-Soren Kierkegaard.

The past beats inside me like a second heart.-John Banville.

5-Our distrust in the future makes it difficult to renounce the past.-Chuck Palahniuk.

-Yesterday is the past, tomorrow is the future, but today is a gift. That is why it is called present.-Bil Keane.

When we are tired, we are attacked by the ideas that we conquered a long time ago.-Friedrich Nietzsche.

-The past is never where you think you left it.-Katherine Anne Porter.

1-I like dreams of a future better than the history of the past.-Thomas Jefferson.

-Memories are the key not to the past, but to the future.-Corrie Ten Boom.

-Life is divided into three periods; what was, what is and what will be. Let’s learn from the past to take advantage of the present, and from the present to live better in the future.-William Wordsworth.

10-Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.-Cormac McCarthy.

-The family is a link to our past and a bridge to our future.-Alex Haley.

The past cannot hurt you, unless you allow it.-Alan Moore.

5-The history of the past is nothing but a long struggle towards equality.-Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

5-Sooner or later we all have to put aside our past.-Dan Brown.

-My past is everything that could not be.- Fernando Pessoa.

The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.-Oscar Wilde.

30-Those who do not know history are destined to repeat it.-Edmund Burke.

What is past is a prologue.-William Shakespeare.

1-History is the sum total of things that could have been avoided.-Konrad Adenauer.

-The past is a foreign country, they do things differently.-LP Hartley.

10-People are trapped in history and history is trapped in them.-James A. Baldwin.

3-In this bright future you cannot forget the past.-Bob Marley.

5-The past is almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.-Jessamyn West.

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

-Without libraries, what do we have? We have no past or future.-Ray Bradbury.

1-You can know the past by your actions in the present.-Elk Nerr.

10-You cannot rewrite the past.-Jay Asher.

-The difficulties that I have encountered in the past will help me to succeed in the future.-Philip Emeagwali.

-With each passing moment I am becoming part of the past. There is no future, only the past constantly accumulating.-Haruki Murakami.

-The past is an old chair in the attic, the present is a sinister ticking sound, and the future is something that nobody knows.-James Thurber.

-What is history but an agreed fable?-Napoleon Bonaparte.

-One cannot and should not try to erase the past for the mere fact that it does not fit the present.-Golda Meir.

1-History is not a burden to the memory, but an illumination of the soul.-Lord Acton.

-Our past can explain why we are suffering but we must not use it as an excuse to remain in captivity.-Joyce Meyer.

-Save the worst of the past to live better in the present.-Diane Lier.

-History is a gallery of images in which there are few originals and many copies.-Alexis de Tocqueville.

4-It is more fun to think about the future than to live in the past.-Sara Shepard.

-Learn from the past and look to the future, but live in the present.-Petra Nemcova.

11-We would like to live as we once lived, but history will not allow it.-John F. Kennedy.

15-The only new thing in the world is the story you don’t know.-Harry Truman.

-Do not live in the past. Has no sense. Nothing can be changed.-Bob Newhart.

-Think about your ancestors. Think of your posterity.-John Adams.

4-There is no present or future, only the past, happening again and again, now.-Eugene O’Neill.

4-Looking back at antiquity is one thing, going back to it is another.-Charles Caleb Colton.

-Sometimes I think that I live more closely with the past than with the present.-Patricia Briggs.

The free world does not have to prove that it is worthy of its own past.-Dwight D. Eisenhower.

-The past is not dead, it is alive in us, and it will be alive in the future that we are helping to do.-William Morris.

4-We just have to see what we can do with the past to make it useful for the present and the future.-Frederick Douglass.

-The next day is not as good as the day before.-Publilio Sirio.

-There is always tension between the possibilities to which we aspire, our wounded memories and the mistakes of the past.-Sean Brady.

-The past always looks better than it was, because it is not here.-Finley Peter Dunne.

-Never doubt that history can be changed.-Marge Piercy.

We have seen better days.-William Shakespeare.

God cannot alter the past, although historians can.-Samuel Butler.

-Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.-Robert H. Schuller.

-Why not focus on where you are going and less where you come from?-Amy Harmon.

3-While I do not take inspiration from the past, I live for the future.-Ronald Reagan.

-One’s past is what one is. It is the only way by which people should be judged.-Oscar Wilde.

Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the present towards the future.-Denis Waitley.

-If you want to fly in the sky, you need to leave the Earth. If you want to move forward, you have to let go of the past.-Amit Ray.

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

5-The destruction of the past is perhaps the greatest of all crimes.-Simone Weil.

-What there was yesterday were only memories; what will be tomorrow are dreams and what is today is love.-Santosh Kalwar.

5-Look back, and smile at the dangers of the past.-Walter Scott.

-True freedom is creative, proactive, and will take me into new territories. I am not free if my freedom is based on the reaction to my past.-Kenny Loggins.

5-If you are carrying strong feelings about something that happened in the past, you can hinder your ability to live in the present.-Les Brown.

-The past does not predict the future, you can learn from your mistakes.-Daniel Wallace.

10-All that is noble in the past history of the world, and especially the minds of the great and good, is never lost.-James Martineau.

15-The past itself is much less real than the present itself.-Ariadne Lill.

-In my opinion, most of the great men of the past were there only for beer, wealth, prestige and the greatness that went with power.-AJP Taylor.

-Why should we look to the past in order to prepare for the future? Because there is no other place to look.- James Burke.

3-I like to use the difficult times in the past to motivate myself today.-Dwayne Johnson.

-The past cannot be cured.-Isabel I.

-We must respect the past, and distrust the present, if we want to foresee the security of the future.-Joseph Joubert.

-The past will always be tense, the future will be perfect.-Zadie Smith.

-The present modifies the past. Looking to the past you will not find what you left behind.-Kiran Desai.

-Unfortunately, the clock is ticking and the hours are passing. The past grows, the future shrinks. The possibilities decrease and the regrets pile up.-Haruki Murakami.

-Your past will always be your past. Even if you forget it, he remembers you.-Sarah Dessen.

-The past and the future are real illusions that exist in the present. It is what there is and what there will always be.-Alan W. Watts.

-Everything is illuminated with the light of the past. It is always by our side and within us, looking out.-Jonathan Safran Foer.

-A medicated cat has no time for doubts. He focuses your energy on today and stop worrying about the past.-Erin Hunter.

45-Just as snakes leave their skin behind, we must leave our past again and again.-Buddha.

-You cannot take anything new if your hands are still in yesterday’s suitcase.-Louise Smith.

-The past can teach us and nurture us but it cannot sustain us. The essence of life is change and we must move forward or our soul will die.-Susanna Kearsley.

4-As far as the past is concerned, everyone writes fiction.-Stephen King.

1-I can’t understand why the past has to be important.-Cassandra Clare.

-This is the past: it moves, it gathers. If you are not careful, it can bury you.-Lauren Oliver.

-You cannot harden your heart for the future because of your past. You cannot use cruelty against yourself to justify cruelty against others.-Marie Lu.

Always choose the future over the past. What do we do now?-Brian Tracy.

-Whoever said that the past is not dead misunderstood. It is the future that is already dead, it has already been exhausted.-Gayle Forman.

3-Every time I think of the past it brings me many memories.-Steven Wright.

-When the past is forgotten, the present is unforgettable.-Martin Amis.

-Sometimes letting go is simply changing labels in an event. See the same event but with a fresh mind.-Steve Maraboli.

– Gratitude looks to the past and love looks to the present; Fear, greed, lust and ambition look forward.-CS Lewis.

You couldn’t erase the past. You couldn’t even change it. But sometimes life offers you the opportunity to do the right thing.-Ann Brashares.

1-A generation that ignores history has no past or future.-Robert A. Heinlein.

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