100 Quotes About The Past

The past is not a place you can go to relive it. It’s gone, and done. Instead, we can choose to move on and learn from it, no matter how bad we may feel we had it wrong. So whether we’re feeling nostalgic about the past or planning for the future, these past quotes are here to help you move on with your life.

How sad and bad and mad it was - but...
How sad and bad and mad it was - but then, how it was sweet Robert Browning
If you never tell anyone the truth about yourself, eventually you start to forget. The love, the heartbreak, the joy, the despair, the things I did that were good, the things I did that were shameful--if I kept them all inside, my memories of them would start to disappear. And then I would disappear. Cassandra Clare
Accomplishments don’t erase shame, hatred, cruelty, silence, ignorance, discrimination, low self-esteem or immorality. It covers it up, with a creative version of pride and ego. Only restitution, forgiving yourself and others, compassion, repentance and living with dignity will ever erase the past. Shannon L. Alder
The nostalgia of a moment's love can be an illusionary precipice from which we fall from truth; in heartbreak, what we escape to in the past is what tortures us in the present. Mike Norton
In history, truth should be held sacred, at whatever cost .. . especially against the narrow and futile patriotism, which, instead of pressing forward in pursuit of truth, takes pride in walking backwards to cover the slightest nakedness of our forefathers. Col. Thomas Aspinwall
My father taught me that you can you read a hundred books on wisdom and write a hundred books on wisdom, but unless you apply what you learned then its only words on a page. Life is not lived with intentions, but action. Shannon L. Alder
Why is it that happiness remembered feels like despair?
Why is it that happiness remembered feels like despair? Heather Chaplin
I was yours once till death if you cared to keep me, but I'm someone else's now-- I can't hang about whining for ever--and he's mine in a way that shocks you, but why don't you stop being shocked and attend to your own happiness? E.m. Forster
Your memory feels like home to me. So whenever my...
Your memory feels like home to me. So whenever my mind wanders, it always finds it’s way back to you. Ranata Suzuki
…the sad part is, that I will probably end up loving you without you for much longer than I loved you when I knew you. Some people might find that strange. But the truth of it is that the amount of love you feel for someone and the impact they have on you as a person, is in no way relative to the amount of time you have known them. Ranata Suzuki
I had someone once who made every day mean something....
I had someone once who made every day mean something. And now…. I am lost…. And nothing means anything anymore. Ranata Suzuki
If you cannot hold me in your arms, then hold...
If you cannot hold me in your arms, then hold my memory in high regard. And if I cannot be in your life, then at least let me live in your heart. Ranata Suzuki
I miss that feeling of connection. Knowing he was out...
I miss that feeling of connection. Knowing he was out there somewhere thinking about me at the same time I was thinking about him. Ranata Suzuki
The last time I felt alive — I was looking...
The last time I felt alive — I was looking into your eyes. Breathing your air…. touching your skin…… Saying goodbye…. The last time I felt alive…. I was dying. Ranata Suzuki
He was both everything I could ever want… And nothing...
He was both everything I could ever want… And nothing I could ever have… Ranata Suzuki
Every quote, every book, every film seemed to suggest that ‘one day’ someone would come into my life and love me with an intensity and a passion I had never experienced before. And to their credit they were right; It all came and went so fast it really did feel as if it were just ‘one day’.... Ranata Suzuki
He looked at me like I was the stars when...
He looked at me like I was the stars when all I’d ever felt like was the dark nothingness between them. Ranata Suzuki
It’s the intricate details you miss the most. For me, it’s the soft lines around the eyes when he smiles… Or that look he gave me sometimes that I cannot begin to describe - but I would know it if I saw it again. It was the look that gave him away. I’d know that look anywhere… It used to be my everything. Ranata Suzuki
I’d never dreamed anybody could love me the way he did. And even when he proved it to me time and again — I still could hardly believe it was true. Ranata Suzuki
I still remember that feeling of walking somewhere confidently, seeing...
I still remember that feeling of walking somewhere confidently, seeing him mid stride and putting my foot down just fine… but feeling like I stumbled. Ranata Suzuki
When I was with him suddenly I wasn’t this broken person anymore. I was just me. I was whole again. I was just a person — like everyone else. Ranata Suzuki
With you in my life I felt like I could conquer anything. It was as if I was on top of the world and even the stars themselves were just within my grasp. But without you …. even getting through the day is hard. Ranata Suzuki
I need to stop running back to you in my...
I need to stop running back to you in my mind all the time. Ranata Suzuki
You’re everything to me. But at best, I’m just a memory to you. Ranata Suzuki
A kiss….….. is just a kiss…. Until it’s all you...
A kiss….….. is just a kiss…. Until it’s all you reminisce.( Then the memory becomes your most treasured possession.) Ranata Suzuki
I know he wasn’t perfect… But he did the best impression of it I’ve ever seen. Ranata Suzuki
You can miss places. You can miss people. Just know that what you’re really missing is the way things were. And even if you could go there again…. see them again…. you can’t go back. They’re not the same. You’re not the same. The loss of them changed you. Ranata Suzuki
If you’re searching for a quote that puts your feelings into words — you won’t find it. You can learn every language and read every word ever written — but you’ll never find what’s in your heart. How can you? He has it. Ranata Suzuki
It hurts that I was just one page in the...
It hurts that I was just one page in the book of your life… But what hurts more is knowing you’ll revise that chapter someday….….. and you’ll erase me completely. Ranata Suzuki
I had always wanted to hear those words. I had...
I had always wanted to hear those words. I had always wanted to be your girl. Ranata Suzuki
For you are you, and I am I, and once...
For you are you, and I am I, and once we were we… but as long as I exist and so do you — know that I will always love you. Ranata Suzuki
I still think of you every day. But I’m trying...
I still think of you every day. But I’m trying not to let it hurt me with the same intensity that it used to. Ranata Suzuki
It didn’t hurt me. Not “hurt”. Hurt is a four letter word. It’s short, almost cute sounding. Aawwww, did that hurt? No. It didn’t hurt. Destroyed, Obliterated, Desecrated, Annihilated, Demolished, Shattered, or Demoralised maybe… But no. It didn’t hurt me. It didn’t “hurt” me at all. Ranata Suzuki
Some people masturbate to temporarily replace their partners when they...
Some people masturbate to temporarily replace their partners when they are absent, whereas some people do that to temporarily live in the present. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
Perhaps the echoes of people we once loved still linger...
Perhaps the echoes of people we once loved still linger in the places we frequented with them and that is why we go back… Not so much to remember them as to feel them… Ranata Suzuki
The past gave us experience and made us wiser so...
The past gave us experience and made us wiser so that we can create a beautiful and brighter future. Debasish Mridha
We are always fascinated with the past, but the future...
We are always fascinated with the past, but the future is always brighter. Debasish Mridha
Every relationship that has hit a crossroads has asked, “What...
Every relationship that has hit a crossroads has asked, “What is it that you want from me? Shannon L. Alder
It's only awkward if it matters.
It's only awkward if it matters. Joyce Rachelle
Life is full of lessons; learn the lessons in life you meet each moment of time well! So many people meet the same things in life time after time, because they fail to know, understand and take real lessons from the same things they always meet time and time again! Day by day, make a consistent effort to improve yourself. Day by day, take consistent steps in wit to avoid doing the same thing that resulted in the same thing in the same way! Life is full of lessons; don’t forget to learn the lessons life teaches well, or else you shall leave each moment of your life learning the same life lessons! . Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
Fear is caused by the uncertainty of the future. Sorrow is caused by the remembrance of the past. Try to keep your thoughts in the present, for the future we will never know and the past we may never understand. Jeffrey Fry
Keep waving someone who has closed his eyes only when...
Keep waving someone who has closed his eyes only when you understand the fact that you are only exhausting your energy with the hope that one day he will open his eyes and see you waving him! Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
Though a new cloth makes you look new, when you...
Though a new cloth makes you look new, when you see the old cloths, you remember the old life Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
She said once that time is nothing to me but a series of bookmarks that I use to jump back and forth through the text of my life, returning again and again to the events that mark me in the eyes of my more astute colleagues, as bearing all the characteristics of the classic melancholic. Dennis Lehane
When you're young, you think everything you do is disposable. You move from now to now, crumpling time up in your hands, tossing it away. You're your own speeding car. You think you can get rid of things, and people too–leave them behind. You don't yet know about the habit they have, of coming back. Time in dreams is frozen. You can never get away from where you've been. Margaret Atwood
What if you were wrong? What if everything you ever believed was a lie? What if you missed your opportunity because you didn't know your worth? What if you settled on familiar, but God was trying to give you something better? What if you decided not to go backwards, but forward? What if doing what you have never done before was the answer to everything that didn't make sense? What if the answer wasn't to be found in words, but in action? What if you found the courage to do what you really wanted to do and doing it changed your whole life? . Shannon L. Alder
He had understood long ago that the past was no...
He had understood long ago that the past was no better than the present. That was as plain as day. One had to try to escape, to wrestle free from every era, so as not to be devoured by it. Lyudmila Ulitskaya
The past always wishes to play its part in the...
The past always wishes to play its part in the unfolding drama of life. Steven Redhead
You can't judge the present by the past. Each day...
You can't judge the present by the past. Each day is different, and you live it differently. Marty Rubin
Anytime you speak to anybody, remember somebody Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
Live out of your imagination, not your history. Stephen R. Covey
Insecure people often falsify the past, in order to make the future pure. Shannon L. Alder
For some, excavating the past isn’t an adventure, it’s more akin to tearing a Band-Aid off an open wound. Raquel Cepeda
If a memory wasn't a thing but a memory of a memory of a memory, mirrors set in parallel, then what the brain told you now about what it claimed had happened then would be coloured by what had happened in between. It was like a country remembering its history: the past was never just the past, it was what made the present able to live with itself. Julian Barnes
The ascendancy over men's minds of the ruins of the stupendous past, the past of history, legend and myth, at once factual and fantastic, stretching back and back into ages that can but be surmised, is half-mystical in basis. The intoxication, at once so heady and so devout, is not the romantic melancholy engendered by broken towers and mouldered stones; it is the soaring of the imagination into the high empyrean where huge episodes are tangled with myths and dreams; it is the stunning impact of world history on its amazed heirs. Rose Macaulay
We perceive, as from a great distance, a thousand years filled with dim shapes of men moving blindly, performing strangely, in an unreal shadowy world. Carl Lotus Becker
It follows that the one thing we should not do to the men and women of past time, and particularly if they ghost through to us as larger than life, is to take them out of their historical contexts. To do so is to run the risk of turning them into monsters, whom we can denounce for our (frequently political) motives–an insidious game, because we are condemning in their make-up that which is likely to belong to a whole social world, the world that helped to fashion them and that is deviously reflected or distorted in them. Censure of this sort is the work of petty moralists and propagandists, not historians (p. 5). . Lauro Martines
There is the body of history ever atop of us, and the body of memory rustling within us. Between the two, we are crushed. Hannah Lillith Assadi
The day history will die and lose its essence with time, memories will not only die, but they shall also surely be forgotten with time! Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
I am seeking to rescue the poor stockinger, the Luddite cropper, the “obsolete” hand-loom weaver, the “utopian” artisan, and even the deluded follower of Joanna Southcott, from the enormous condescension of posterity. Their crafts and traditions may have been dying. Their hostility to the new industrialism may have been backward-looking. Their communitarian ideals may have been fantasies. Their insurrectionary conspiracies may have been foolhardy. But they lived through these times of acute social disturbance, and we did not. Their aspirations were valid in terms of their own experience…. E.P. Thompson
When we think carefully about the past, we get to know and understand not just what happened in the past but what really went into things that happened in the past. Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
Nature is an inherently forward beast; footsteps disappear, past hurts fade. Caroline Kepnes
Until it is taken out of your mind, it is never lost and it is never gone Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
My youth is like a scab: under it there is a wound that every day leaks blood. It disfigures me. Gottfried Benn
Nostalgia has a way of blocking the reality of the past. Shannon L. Alder
I used to play a game where I imagined that someone had abandoned me in a strange place & I had to find my way back home- I thought I could do it blind, the same way a lost dog might trek a thousand miles to return to its owner, relying on some mysterious instinct that drew the heart back to where it belonged. Laura McHugh
We can't leave the past in the past because, the past is who we are. It's like saying I wish I could forget English. So, there is no leaving the past in the past. It doesn't mean the past has to define and dominate everything in the future. The fact that I had a temper in my teens doesn't mean I have to be an angry person for the rest of my life. It just means that I had allot to be angry about but, didn't have the language and the understanding to know what it was and how big it was. I thought my anger was disproportionate to the environment which is what is called having a bad temper but, it just means that I underestimated the environment and my anger was telling me how wide and deep child abuse is in society but, I didn't understand that consciously so I thought my anger was disproportionate to the environment but, it wasn't. There is almost no amount of anger that's proportionate to the degree of child abuse in the world. The fantasy that you can not be somebody that lived through what you lived through is damaging to yourself and to your capacity to relate to others. People who care about you, people who are going to grow to love you need to know who you are and that you were shaped by what you've experienced for better and for worse. There is a great deal of challenge in talking about these issues. Lots of people in this world have been hurt as children. Most people have been hurt in this world as children and when you talk honestly and openly it's very difficult for people. This is why it continues and continues. If you can get to the truth of what happened if you can understand why people made the decisions they've made even if you dont agree with the reason for those decisions knowing the reasons for those decisions is enormously important in my opinion. The more we know the truth of history the more confidently we can face the future without self blame. . Stefan Molyneux
I have seen the poor suffer when nobles seek the purity of ideals. I have seen the powerless die when princes believe in the nostalgia of their dreams. I have seen the common people torn from peace and thrown into war when kings yearn to test the clarity of their vision. Ken Liu
Forget what hurt you in the past, but never forget what it taught you. However, if it taught you to hold onto grudges, seek revenge, not forgive or show compassion, to categorize people as good or bad, to distrust and be guarded with your feelings then you didn’t learn a thing. God doesn’t bring you lessons to close your heart. He brings you lessons to open it, by developing compassion, learning to listen, seeking to understand instead of speculating, practicing empathy and developing conflict resolution through communication. If he brought you perfect people, how would you ever learn to spiritually evolve? . Shannon L. Alder
God has a way of picking a “nobody” and turning their world upside down, in order to create a “somebody” that will remove the obstacles they encountered out of the pathway for others. Shannon L. Alder
In short, the man displayed a constant and insurmountable impulse to wrap himself in a covering, to make himself, so to speak, a case which would isolate him and protect him from external influences. Reality irritated him, frightened him, kept him in continual agitation, and, perhaps to justify his timidity, his aversion for the actual, he always praised the past and what had never existed; and even the classical languages which he taught were in reality for him goloshes and umbrellas in which he sheltered himself from real life. Anton Chekhov
Some people can’t be in your life because they don’t have the power to help you improve it. That doesn’t mean you don’t wish them well, it just means that you are on Chapter ten of your life, when they are on Chapter five. Maybe, it is just enough to meet at the crossroads in life and agree to take separate paths, then with a cheshire grin you both look back and shout, “Beat you to the top of the mountain”, followed by the funnest sprint of both of your lives. Shannon L. Alder
Don’t ever let your spouse or partner blame an outside person or persons for the ruin of your relationship or their past relationships. If two people are committed to one another then no one can change that. Shannon L. Alder
Every person with ADHD already knows that destination addiction is part of their disorder. However, if it doesn’t have a positive outlet, it can destroy your life. It is not another person that will make your life better; it is the qualities in them that you admire. Incorporate those attributes into your own life and you won’t miss a thing. Shannon L. Alder
To get over the past, you first have to accept that the past is over. No matter how many times you revisit it, analyze it, regret it, or sweat it…it’s over. It can hurt you no more. Mandy Hale
No matter how much you stress or obsess about the past or future, you can't change either one. In the present is where your power lies. Mandy Hale
When you live in the present, the past is forgotten & the future takes care of itself. Mandy Hale
Sometimes in life, you may take a step, only to realize the steps you missed. Sometimes in life, you may delay a step taking, only to see a step you shouldn’t have miss. Notwithstanding the results of your steps, you still ought to take steps. Life keeps moving and you can’t afford to be static! Keep on moving on! Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
Little is the imagination of the person who believes that the future of another may be determined by his/her past. We are so much more than our minds and our memories! We are in fact transcendent souls. If you determine what is ahead by what you can see when you look back, then you will in fact never behold what actually stands in front of you. C. Joybell C.
A deceitful man will go as far as to trample all over a woman’s reputation and spirit, in order to prove to his ex-love that he was faithful. The irony, is he is still in love with his ex and the new woman in his life doesn’t even realize it. Shannon L. Alder
Wouldn't the world be a much better place if we didn't make it past the age of maybe 10? Think back to when we were younger, before we were so easily influenced by adults. We rebelled against everything that we now believe is impossible. Super Heroes still existed and we didn't hold grudges because "sorry" was okay and as long as you still wanted to share your toys with me, nothing more needed to be said. Be 10 years old today everyone. . DAndre Lampkin
Living in the past is a place that has no future. Jeffrey Fry
Life was about loss. One minute standing on the promise of your dreams, then free-falling backward into nothingness. Is this what it meant to grow old? To gradually be stripped of all you cared about. And then what? Were you supposed to spend the rest of your life, dreaming about the past while you waited to die? Or did you start a new life, set the cycle in motion once again. Take the chance of losing that, too. And if you did, what happened to the old life? Did it die away from lack of attention? . Shelley Noble
Holding on to negative feelings and past circumstances is like placing a lock on your soul. Charles F. Glassman
The present is an eternal attempt to separate the past from the future. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
The past is set down in a thousand thousand indelible scrolls. But the future is a blank parchment forever in wait of a present. Andrew Levkoff
Anything you don’t want to deal with can always be written off as being “in the past” and ignored, but in doing so, you sweep it under a rug where it doesn't go away with time — it becomes time itself, and takes on the illusion of life as we think we know it. A.J. Darkholme
A vision of the little house in Soho flickered across his mind’s eye, his mother at a desk, writing in her journal, with hazy sunlight streaming through the morning windows. The woman inhabited a world he had once thought his own — a world of publishers and reliable suppliers. A London that was confident and competent amid its grey, puddle-strewn streets. Sara Sheridan
- I believe in unlimited discovery and achievement.- I believe that dreams can become reality.- I believe in true love.- I believe in kindness and intelligence.- I trust life, regardless. Elysse Poetis
I’d wish it were easier to not allow other people’s pasts to create my own present. Jonathan Harnisch
If there were past misdeeds, I do not believe we should nag or repeat them, never mind throw them in someone’s face. If they sincerely apologized and we genuinely forgave them, we must move on. Learn from mistakes, but move on. If we bring them up and toss them at the offender, we may not have actually forgiven them, even if we claim we have. Cathy Burnham Martin
Almost all sadness comes from thinking about the past, and all worry from thinking about the future – present-mindedness is your only safe haven. Bryant McGill
And then I got to thinking about how, if someone met me for the first time now, they would need to know about Uncle Ed and my parents in order to understand me. Sometimes it feels as though I’m defined by all the people I’ve lost , like one of those negative-space pictures, where what’s not there is just as important as what is. Claire Wong
Had almost forgotten the wet brush of your kisses… soft as April snowflakes John J. Geddes
In these shitty plastic days ... Gillian Flynn
I thought about how the past can become so small. An entire day, 24 separate, heavy hours, becomes the size of a tiny brown leaf falling from a tree. Before you know it, a whole year is just a pile of dead leaves on the ground. The year or so I’d spent in love with Chad was starting to feel so long ago, swept away by the wind. I knew that this year would soon feel far away too. Kimberly Novosel
Some of our friends are our friends only because we used to be friends. Mokokoma Mokhonoana
A great mystery lies in the repetition and continuity of the renewal of that which is past. Culture perpetuates itself in memory and the big job is the reawakening of memory. HansGeorge Gadamer
When we think of the past it's the beautiful things we pick out. We want to believe it was all like that. Margaret Atwood
I told her I was not sure I could bear living with memories, she said, Look up at the stars, look, they are not there, what you see is the memory of what once was, once upon a time. Rabih Alameddine