Past Quotes

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. George Orwell

One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present. Golda Meir

The past always looks better than it was. It’s only pleasant because it isn’t here. Finley Peter Dunne

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

To be able to look back upon one’s past life with satisfaction is to live twice. Lord Acton

The only thing I regret about my past is the length of it. If I had to live my life again I’d make all the same mistakes – only sooner. Tallulah Bankhead

Historic continuity with the past is not a duty, it is only a necessity. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr

Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions, false memories, false namings of real events. Adrienne Rich

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

Never revisit the past, that’s dangerous. You know, move on. Robert Redford

The past is not dead. It is not even past. William Faulkner

The Past: Our cradle, not our prison; there is danger as well as appeal in its glamour. The past is for inspiration, not imitation, for continuation, not repetition. Israel Zangwill