139 Things Past Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of things past quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about past things.

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The Most Famous Things Past Quotes (Best in 2024)

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Remembrance of things past. — William Shakespeare

Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were. — Marcel Proust

Things that are done, it is needless to speak about...things that are past, it is needless to blame. — Confucius

Whenever I think of the past, it brings back so many memories. — Steven Wright

The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future. — Stephen Ambrose

The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there. — L.P. Hartley

Memory: what wonders it performs in preserving and storing up things gone by - or rather, things that are — Plutarch

It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it elude you and remain forever a harmonious conception of memory. — Unknown

Happiness in the present is only shattered by comparison with the past. — Doug Horton

Every true history must force us to remember that the past was once as real as the present and as uncertain as the future. — G. M. Trevelyan

Short Things Past Quotes

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  • Ignore reality, there's nothing you can do about it. — Natalie Imbruglia
  • In the process of letting go you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself. — Deepak Chopra
  • Things won't get better dwelling on the past. Accept what has happened. Then move forward. — Jocko Willink
  • Music evokes so many feelings in us, memories, nostalgia, things that are connected to our past. — Olga Kurylenko
  • Building the future, and keeping the past alive - are one and the same thing. — Hideo Kojima
  • One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. — Dale Carnegie
  • The worst thing that colonialism did was to cloud our view of our past. — Barack Obama
  • I love the nostalgic myself. I hope we never lose some of the things of the past. — Walt Disney
  • Never get bored or cynical. Yesterday is a thing of the past. — Walt Disney
  • The future will soon be a thing of the past. — George Carlin

Top 10 Things Past Quotes

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There's a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they're absolutely free. Don't miss so many of them. — Jo Walton

Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were. — Marcel Proust

You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete. — R. Buckminster Fuller

It's in the act of having to do things that you don't want to that you learn something about moving past the self. Past the ego. — Bell Hooks

The setting sun, and the music at the close, As the last taste of sweets, is sweetest last, Writ in rememberance more than long things past. — William Shakespeare

The best thing about the past is that it's over. The best thing about the future is that it's yet to come. The best thing about the present is that it's here now. — Richard Bandler

Faith is not simply a patience that passively suffers until the storm is past. Rather, it is a spirit that bears things - with resignations, yes, but above all, with blazing, serene hope. — Corazon Aquino

With enough of us, around the world, we'll not just send a strong message opposing the privatization of knowledge - we'll make it a thing of the past. — Aaron Swartz

Ignore reality, there's nothing you can do about it. — Natalie Imbruglia

You got your guards up, I do too, there's things we might discover. Cause you got a past and I do too, we're perfect for each other. — Drake

Things past quote You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and
You can't go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending.

Past Things Quotes

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I have an almost complete disregard of precedent, and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I go for anything new that might improve the past. — Clara Barton

It's not what's happening to you now or what has happened in your past that determines who you become. Rather, it's your decisions about what to focus on, what things mean to you, and what you're going to do about them that will determine your ultimate destiny. — Tony Robbins

It's not what's happening to you now or what has happened in your past that determines who you become. Rather, it's your decisions about what to focus on, what things mean to you, and what you're going to do about them that will determine your ultimate destiny. — Anthony Robbins

Things past quote Some days I wish I could go back in life. Not to change anything, but to feel a
Some days I wish I could go back in life. Not to change anything, but to feel a few things twice.

Simplify your life. Don't waste the years struggling for things that are unimportant. Don't burden yourself with possessions. Keep your needs and wants simple and enjoy what you have. Don't destroy your peace of mind by looking back, worrying about the past. Live in the present. Simplify! — Henry David Thoreau

Freedom can never be taken for granted. Each generation must safeguard it and extend it. Your parents and elders sacrificed much so that you should have freedom without suffering what they did. Use this precious right to ensure that the darkness of the past never returns. — Nelson Mandela

It's being here now that's important. There's no past and there's no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can't relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don't know if there is one. — George Harrison

Things past quote Never be a prisoner of your past. It was just a lesson, not a life sentence.
Never be a prisoner of your past. It was just a lesson, not a life sentence.

No member of the animal kingdom nurses past maturity, no member of the animal kingdom ever did a thing to me. Its why I don't eat red meat or white fish, don't give me no blue cheese. Were all members of the animal kingdom, leave your brothers and sisters in the sea. — Prince

We cannot change what happened anymore. The only thing we can do is to learn from the past and to realize what discrimination and persecution of innocent people means. I believe that it's everyone's responsibility to fight prejudice. — Otto Frank

Only a handful of people are honest when they sing. A lot of people sing about very vague things, or they'll sing about someone breaking up with them, but a lot of people don't go too deep into their past and stuff, because they don't want it to be let out. I just do it anyway. — Ronnie Radke

We must get the American public to look past the glitter, beyond the showmanship, to the reality, the hard substance of things. And we'll do it not so much with speeches that will bring people to their feet as with speeches that bring people to their senses. — Mario Cuomo

Shakespeare Quotes

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Shakespeare doesn't belong to the past. If his material is valid, it is valid now. It's like coal. The only meaningfulness of a piece of coal starts and finishes with its combustion, giving us light and heat. And that to me is Shakespeare. — Peter Brook

If Antarctica were music it would be Mozart. Art, and it would be Michelangelo. Literature, and it would be Shakespeare. And yet it is something even greater; the only place on earth that is still as it should be. May we never tame it. — Andrew Denton

There is nothing in the world so much like prayer as music is. ~William Shakespeare — William Shakespeare

Things past quote Before you heal someone, ask him if he's willing to give up the things that made
Before you heal someone, ask him if he's willing to give up the things that made him sick.

I’m not so naive as to think that everybody always succeeds, right? I mean, half of Shakespeare‘s stories are tragedies – right? — Michael Saylor

One of the benefits of being a mature well-educated woman is that you're not afraid of expletives. And you have no fear to put a fool in his place. That's the power of language and experience. You can learn a lot from Shakespeare. — Judi Dench

Find enough clever things to say, and you're a Prime Minister; write them down and you're a Shakespeare. — George Bernard Shaw

England has two books, the Bible and Shakespeare. England made Shakespeare,but the Bible made England. — Victor Hugo

Literature doesn't have a country. Shakespeare is an African writer. His Falstaff, for example, is very African in his appetite for life, his largeness of spirit. The characters of Turgenev are ghetto dwellers. Dickens characters are Nigerians. — Ben Okri

Now a Protestant confronting a Catholic ghost is exactly Shakespeare's way of grappling with what was not simply a general social problem but one lived out in his own life. — Stephen Greenblatt

The English people, a lot of them, would not be able to understand a word of spoken Shakespeare. There are people who do and I'm not denying they exist. But it's a far more philistine country than people think. — Colin Firth

Putting Things In The Past Quotes

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If I just do everything the opposite of what my dad did, I think that will make things pretty easy. I can joke about it now because I'm past that stage where it used to hurt. By having a kid, it's gone. I could take all that negative energy that I had and put it in a positive way. — Derrick Rose

Tax reform is taking the taxes off things that have been taxed in the past and putting taxes on things that haven't been taxed before. — Art Buchwald

I believe I saw a woodcock. He had a long bill like putting a fire hydrant into a pencil sharpener, then pasting it onto a bird and letting the bird fly away in front of me with this thing on its face for no other purpose than to amaze me. — Richard Brautigan

Life is short. You can't afford to put off what God has put in your heart. You don't have time to live with things holding you back. — Joel Osteen

It's satisfying to put out new music. And I think that's the context in which I'm comfortable revisiting things from the past. — DJ Shadow

Let’s just put it this way: if you think there’s a thing – anything – women didn’t do in the past, you’re wrong. — Kameron Hurley

I don't want to be labeled as one thing or another. In the past I've had successful relationships with men, and now I'm in this successful relationship with a woman. When it comes to love I am totally open. And I don't want to be put into a category, as in "I'm this" or "I'm that." — Amber Heard

If we have to be cat burglars, I'm going to see what' to steal in the fridge." We're trying to find evidence she's the poisoner. Just a thought before you start putting random things in your mouth." Ruth shrugged and walked past Val. — Holly Black

Whatever Happened In The Past Quotes

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The moment that I realized my name was going to be said in the same sentence as children and sex, that's really intense. That's something I knew from that very moment, whatever happens past that point, something's out there in the air that is really bad. — Paul Reubens

J has told me about his past. I know what happened and why. But he is the one person who made me believe in my talent and whatever happened in the past, he's been a wonderful manager to me. — LaToya Jackson

Whatever happened in the past doesn't really matter anymore to us right now. — Carl Crawford

You can open to the idea that whatever happened to you in the past eventually turned out or will turn out to be a benefit to you. — Chris Prentiss

Whatever has happened in someone's past, the future is theirs to shape. The first step is to find a way out. — Ellen Hopkins

Nothing that had happened in the past could be taken away. This was an amazing gift. The past was done and over and settled; you couldn't get it back, but still, whatever good you had gotten from it, spiritually, emotionally, would be yours for your lifetime. — Nancy Werlin

What You Did In The Past Quotes

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If you sit back & spend too much time feeling good about what you did in the past, you're going to come up short next time — Bill Belichick

What if you have failed in the past? So, at one time did every man we recognize as a towering success. They called it "temporary defeat. — Napoleon Hill

Arriving at each new city, the traveler finds again a past of his that he did not know he had: the foreignness of what you no longer are or no longer possess lies in wait for you in foreign, unpossessed places. — Italo Calvino

We do look for inspiration amongst our own sex. Why not? You go into temples and they're full of all the lineage lamas who are male. What message does that give to a young girl, except that somehow she got trapped in the wrong body because of bad things she did in a past life? — Tenzin Palmo

You look back in time to when there was slavery and you think 'how did people even remotely believe that this was a good idea?'.It's incomprehensible for us to think of what the mindset was 100 or 200 years ago. I hope to make the present as incomprehensible to the future as the past is to us. — Stefan Molyneux

And on this you have my pledge - unlike in the past, when you stood up and did what was right, this governor will not pull the rug out from underneath you - I will sign strong reform bills. — Chris Christie

Because that's just the way it is, and don't sleep on what you did before, you know, because it can... not hurt you, but you can find yourself sleeping on something that happened in the past, but you dare to progress and there is always room for progression. — Thierry Henry

Seen in the context of Donald Trump having committed sales tax fraud in the past, which is indisputable, I think that it's reasonable for the American public to ask, did you go beyond what's lawful, maybe scandalously lawful, but lawful, and violate the law? — Hillary Clinton

You can't figure out what to do in the future by looking at how you did things in the past — Roger Lewin

I'm a very private person. What I did in the past or what somebody heard me do or has a bootleg of me doing...well, if you have a bootleg, then I did it. — Mark Lanegan

Past Events Quotes

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Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results. — Niccolo Machiavelli

History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. — Napoleon

If you believe that feeling bad or worrying long enough will change a past or future event, then you are residing on another planet with a different reality system. — William James

Our past is not, as some fear, a series of events carved in stone that we must carry around for the rest of our lives... but a kaleidoscope of experiences that, when viewed through different lenses, can 'color' (change) how we see our present and future. — Bill Crawford

To accept our past, it helps to reframe our stories and give a positive meaning to even the most difficult life events. We may have no power to change the past, but we do have the power to change the meaning we assign to it. — William Ury

Emotion only lasts in our bodies for about 90 seconds. After that, the physical reaction dissipates, UNLESS our cognitive brain kicks in and starts connecting our anger with past events. — Jill Bolte Taylor

Reality looks much more obvious in hindsight than in foresight. People who experience hindsight bias misapply current hindsight to past foresight. They perceive events that occurred to have been more predictable before the fact than was actually the case. — Hersh Shefrin

We view memories as archives of past events — of what has actually happened. But in reality, memories are nothing more than descriptions of what we think happened. — Mo Gawdat

Science is not about cataloging a history of events that have occurred in the past and presuming they’re going to occur again in the future. — Naval Ravikant

This June, I'll travel once again to the Food and Wine Magazine Classic in Aspen, Colorado. For many years, my dear friend Julia Child and I have teamed up to teach classes together at the event; for the past seven years, my daughter, Claudine, has been my cooking partner on stage. — Jacques Pepin

Times Past Quotes

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Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin. — Mother Teresa

You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space. — Johnny Cash

I never regret my past... Only time I wasted was on the wrong people. — Tyga

Give up identification with this mass of flesh as well as with what thinks it a mass. Both are intellectual imaginations. Recognise your true self as undifferentiated awareness, unaffected by time, past, present or future, and enter Peace. — Adi Shankara

Do not waste one moment in regret, for to think feelingly of the mistakes of the past is to re-infect yourself. — Neville Goddard

The man hunched over his motorcycle can focus only on the present... he is caught in a fragment of time cut off from both the past and the future... he has no fear, because the source of fear is in the future, and a person freed of the future has nothing to fear. — Milan Kundera

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From your past emerges the present, and from the present is born your future. — Muhammad Iqbal

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I don't regret my past, I just regret the time I've wasted on the wrong people. — Wiz Khalifa

The years go by one after the other; time slips past us with out our being aware of it; we grow old like ordinary men and we shall end like them. — Louis XIV

We know the past but cannot control it. We control the future but cannot know it. — Claude Shannon

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More Things Past Quotes

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Pleasure to me is wonder—the unexplored, the unexpected, the thing that is hidden and the changeless thing that lurks behind superficial mutability. To trace the remote in the immediate; the eternal in the ephemeral; the past in the present; the infinite in the finite; these are to me the springs of delight and beauty. — H. P. Lovecraft

To all those who have suffered as a consequence of our troubled past I extend my sincere thoughts and deep sympathy. With the benefit of historical hindsight we can all see things which we would wish had been done differently or not at all. — Elizabeth II

You have to get past the idea that music has to be one thing. To be alive in America is to hear all kinds of music constantly: radio, records, churches, cats on the street, everywhere music. And with records, the whole history of music is open to everyone who wants to hear it. — Jerry Garcia

Internationally, President Obama has adopted an appeasement strategy. He believes America's role as leader in the world is a thing of the past. I believe a strong America must - and will - lead the future. — Mitt Romney

What's crucial is that the IRA produce a credible statement that paramilitary and criminality activity is a thing of the past. That they are committed to a future which is exclusively peaceful and democratic. — Peter Hain

We should not lay all past mistakes on Chairman Mao. So we must be very objective in assessing him. His contributions were primary, his mistakes secondary. In China, we will inherit the many good things in Chairman Mao's thinking while at the same time explaining clearly the mistakes he made. — Deng Xiaoping

I think people get old when they stop thinking about the future,” Ric told me. “If you want to find someone’s true age, listen to them. If they talk about the past and they talk about all the things that happened that they did, they’ve gotten old. If they think about their dreams, their aspirations, what they’re still looking forward to – they’re young. — Peter Attia

Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face to the front, and take no interest in the things that were and are past. — Henry Ward Beecher

When you look at yourself from a universal standpoint, something inside always reminds or informs you that there are bigger and better things to worry about. — Albert Einstein

Financial history is the most important thing to study for anyone seeking to avoid the mistakes of the past. — Russell Napier

I'm a little hoarse tonight. I've been living in Chicago for the past two months, and you know how it is, yelling for help on the way home every night. Things are so tough in Chicago that at Easter time, for bunnies the little kids use porcupines. — Fred Allen

Four things come not back. The spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life, ad the neglected opportunity. — Arabic Proverbs

The man of the future may, and even must, do things impossible in the past and acquire new motor variations not given by heredity. — G. Stanley Hall

In a way I spend my entire life stealing from everything - from the past, from cities I love, from where I grew up - grabbing things, taking not only from architecture but from Italy, art, writing, poetry, music. — Renzo Piano

Change hurts. It makes people insecure, confused, and angry. People want things to be the same as they've always been, because that makes life easier. But, if you're a leader, you can't let your people hang on to the past. — Richard Marcinko

The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time. The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time. — Dean Acheson

As of today, I have absolutely no regrets. I think I am a mature person who can take things in stride. I'm grateful for people in my past. They helped me get to where I am, wherever that is. But now, I am thinking for myself and sitting in on all the business transactions. — Marilyn Monroe

I have to push my limits to the max. Sitting tight, waiting it out and living in the past, has never been my thing. I want to be at the world’s highest point again, knowing it might slip out from underneath me at any moment. Because that is the only way to live. — Nirmal Purja

I realise there's something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they're experts at letting things go. — Jeffrey McDaniel

When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things -- not the great occasions -- that in retrospect give off the greatest glow of happiness. — Bob Hope

I'm not concerned about avoiding anything that happened three years ago or worried about letdowns or things of that nature. When you use the term 'letdown' you proceed with the assumption that this is a continuation of something that happened in the past. — Mike Tomlin

When you look to the past, don't sit and dwell on your regrets. Instead, focus on the things you learned from each experience and how they may enrich your future. Use the past not as something to hold you back, but as a method for reaffirming the drive to move forward on your chosen path. — Jack Davenport

The more you are focused on time-past and future-the more you miss the Now, the most precious thing there is. — Eckhart Tolle

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