200+ Best Past Quotes And Sayings

The past can seem like a ghost town, a place for old superstitions and tired wisdom. But if we take the time to look closely, we can find treasures of wisdom buried in the dust and cobwebs of the past. Here are some great quotes about the past you might enjoy.

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You’re just another story I can’t tell anymore. Pleasefindthis
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I loved you so much once. I did. More than anything in the whole wide world. Imagine that. What a laugh that is now. Can you believe it? We were so intimate once upon a time I can't believe it now. The memory of being that intimate with somebody. We were so intimate I could puke. I can't imagine ever being that intimate with somebody else. I haven't been. Raymond Carver
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Frustration and Love can’t exist in the same place at the same time, so get real and start doing what you would rather be doing in life. Love your life. All of it. Even the heavy shit that happened to you when you were 8. All of it was and IS perfect. Jason Mraz
I just don't see why the past has to matter.
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I just don't see why the past has to matter. Cassandra Clare
You realize that our mistrust of the future makes it...
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You realize that our mistrust of the future makes it hard to give up the past. Chuck Palahniuk
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You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you'll escape one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present. John Green
We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a...
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We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there. Pascal Mercier
My past has not defined me, destroyed me, deterred me,...
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My past has not defined me, destroyed me, deterred me, or defeated me; it has only strengthened me. Steve Maraboli
It has shown me that everything is illuminated in the...
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It has shown me that everything is illuminated in the light of the past. It is always along the side of us...on the inside, looking out. Jonathan Safran Foer
I can't. You can't rewrite the past.
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I can't. You can't rewrite the past. Jay Asher
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People who say that yesterday was better than today are ultimately devaluing their own existence. Karl Lagerfeld
The past can teach us, nurture us, but it cannot...
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The past can teach us, nurture us, but it cannot sustain us. The essence of life is change, and we must move ever forward or the soul will wither and die. Susanna Kearsley
Whoever said that the past isn't dead had it backward....
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Whoever said that the past isn't dead had it backward. It's the future that's already dead, already played out. Gayle Forman
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In magic - and in life - there is only the present moment, the now. You can't measure time the way you measure the distance between two points. 'Time' doesn't pass. We human beings have enormous difficulty in focusing on the present; we're always thinking about what we did, about how we could have done it better, about the consequences of our actions, and about why we didn't act as we should have. Or else we think about the future, about what we're going to do tomorrow, what precautions we should take, what dangers await us around the next corner, how to avoid what we don't want and how to get what we have always dreamed of. Paulo Coelho
Always choose the future over the past. What do we...
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Always choose the future over the past. What do we do now? Brian Tracy
The true definition of mental illness is when the majority...
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The true definition of mental illness is when the majority of your time is spent in the past or future, but rarely living in the realism of NOW. Shannon L. Alder
Regret is counterproductive. It's looking back on a past that...
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Regret is counterproductive. It's looking back on a past that you can't change. Questioning things as they occur can prevent regret in the future. Colleen Hoover
You couldn't erase the past. You couldn't even change it....
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You couldn't erase the past. You couldn't even change it. But sometimes life offered you the opportunity to put it right. Ann Brashares
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Some people read palms to tell your future, but I read hands to tell your past. Each scar makes a story worth telling. Each callused palm, each cracked knuckle is a missed punch or years in a factory. Sarah Kay
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I wanted the past to go away, I wanted to leave it, like another country; I wanted my life to close, and open like a hinge, like a wing, like the part of the song where it falls down over the rocks: an explosion, a discovery; I wanted to hurry into the work of my life; I wanted to know, whoever I was, I wasalive for a little while. Mary Oliver