There is no past that we can bring back by longing for it. There is only an eternally new now that builds and creates itself out of the Best as the past withdraws.
Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832) German poet, novelist and dramatist.
Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.
George Orwell (1903-1950) British novelist, essayist, and critic.
Man... cannot learn to forget, but hangs on the past: however far or fast he runs, that chain runs with him.
Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher and writer.
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.
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.
Only by acceptance of the past, can you alter it.
T. S. Eliot (1888-1965) American-English poet and playwright.
The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) German-Swiss-U.S. scientist.
If you look back too much, you will soon be headed that way
The rewards in life go to those who are willing to give up the past
With memory set smarting like a reopened wound, a man's past is not simply a dead history, an outworn preparation of the present: it is not a repented error shaken loose from the life: it is a still quivering part of himself, bringing shudders and bitter flavors and the tinglings of a merited shame.
George Eliot (1819-1880) British writer.