An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Let the past drift away with the water.


Japanese Proverb (Sayings of Japanese origin)


The day before yesterday and yesterday are not the same as today.


Kenyian Proverb


Don't brood on the past, but don't forget it either.


Thomas H. Raddal


Who so desireth to know what will be hereafter, let him think of what is past, for the world hath ever been in a circular revolution; whatsoever is now, was heretofore; and things past or present, are no other than such as shall be again: Redit orbis in orbem.


Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618, British courtier, navigator, writer)


While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future.


Ronald Reagan (1911-2004, American President (40th))


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


Adrienne Rich (1929-, American poet)


I have very strong feelings about how you lead your life.You always look ahead, you never look back.


Ann Richards (1933-, American politician)


The past does not equal the future.


Anthony Robbins (1960-, American author, speaker, peak performance expert, coach)

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Visualize yourself standing before a gateway on a hilltop. Your entire life lies out before you and below. Before you step through, pause and review the past; the learning and the joys, the victories and the sorrows -- everything it took to bring you here.


The Book of Runes


I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes, so live not in your yesterdays, no just for tomorrow, but in the here and now. Keep moving and forget the post mortems; and remember, no one can get the jump on the future.


Carl Sandburg (1878-1967, American poet)


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


George Santayana (1863-1952, American philosopher, poet)


Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.


Robert H. Schuller (1926-, American minister, author, social leader)


Look back, and smile at perils past.


Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832, British novelist, poet)


Things without remedy, should be without regard; what is done, is done.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


We have seen better days.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


What is past is prologue.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Fear not for the future, weep not for the past.


Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822, British poet)


Fearfulness, contrary to all other vices, maketh a man think the better of another, the worse of himself.


Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586, British author, courtier)


Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.


Simone Signoret (1921-, French film actor)


Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers.


Socrates (BC 469-399, Greek philosopher of Athens)


The past itself, as historical change continues to accelerate, has become the most surreal of subjects -- making it possible... to see a new beauty in what is vanishing.


Susan Sontag (1933-, American essayist)


The past itself, as historical change continues to accelerate, has become the most surreal of subjects -- making it possible... to see a new beauty in what is vanishing.


Susan Sontag (1933-, American essayist)


It is not the literal past that rules us, save, possibly, in a biological sense. It is images of the past. Each new historical era mirrors itself in the picture and active mythology of its past or of a past borrowed from other cultures. It tests its sense of identity, of regress or new achievement against that past.


George Steiner (1929-, French-born American critic, novelist)


You must never regret what might have been. The past that did not happen is as hidden from us as the future we cannot see.


Richard Martin Stern


The past is over... forget it. The future holds hope... reach for it.


Charles Swindoll (1934-, American pastor, author)


The next day is never so good as the day before.


Publilius Syrus (85 BC- 43BC, Roman writer)


Recognizing what we have done in the past is a recognition of ourselves. By conducting a dialogue with our past, we are searching how to go forward.


Kiyoko Takeda


How pleasant it is, at the end of the day, No follies to have to repent; But reflect on the past, and be able to say, That my time has been properly spent.


Ann Taylor


The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet.


Edward Thomas


A lot of people go through life like they are rowing a boat. They look at where they have been (the PAST) rather than where they are going (the FUTURE).


Author Unknown


If you look back too much, you will soon be headed that way


Author Unknown


If you must cry over spilled milk then please try to condense it


Author Unknown


Living in the past has one thing going for it; it's cheaper!


Author Unknown


The beauty of the past is that it is the past. The beauty of the now is to know it. The beauty of the future is to see where one is going.


Author Unknown


The historian looks backward. In the end he also believes backward.


Author Unknown


It's linkage I'm talking about, and harmonies and structures, And all the various things that lock our wrists to the past.


Charles Wright


The rewards in life go to those who are willing to give up the past


Author Unknown


Time is the dressing room for eternity.


Author Unknown


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


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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The past is only the present become invisible and mute; and because it is invisible and mute, its memorized glances and its murmurs are infinitely precious. We are tomorrow's past.


Mary Webb (1881-1927, British novelist)


The past is at least secure.


Daniel Webster (1782-1852, American lawyer, statesman)


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


Simone Weil (1910-1943, French philosopher, mystic)


The people who get into trouble in our company are those who carry around the anchor of the past.


John Welch (1935-, American businessman, former chairman of GE)


The past is but the beginning of a beginning, and all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn.


H.G. Wells (1866-1946, British-born American author)


How the past perishes is how the future becomes.


Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947, British mathematician, philosopher)


The Past -- the dark unfathomed retrospect! The teeming gulf -- the sleepers and the shadows! The past! the infinite greatness of the past! For what is the present after all but a growth out of the past?


Walt Whitman (1819-1892, American poet)


Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


No man is rich enough to buy back his past.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


One's past is what one is. It is the only way by which people should be judged.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Those who do remember it will find new ways to screw it up.


Charles Wolfe


That though the radiance which was once so bright be now forever taken from my sight. Though nothing can bring back the hour of splendor in the grass, glory in the flower. We will grieve not, rather find strength in what remains behind.


William Wordsworth (1770-1850, British poet)


The past is never completely lost, however extensive the devastation. Your sorrows are the bricks and mortar of a magnificent temple. What you are today and what you will be tomorrow are because of what you have been.


Gordon Wright


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


Israel Zangwill (1864-1926, British writer)


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