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So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.

F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) American writer.

All the king's horses and all the king's men can't put the past together again. So let's remember: Don't try to saw sawdust.

Dale Carnegie (1888-1955) American writer.

The true picture of the past flits by. The past can be seized only as an image which flashes up at the instant when it can be recognized and is never seen again.

Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) German philosopher.

The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect was already in the cause.

Henri Bergson (1859-1941) French 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.


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

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

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

Simone Weil (1910-1943) French Philosopher

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).

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Think of your forefathers! Think of your posterity.

John Adams (1735-1826) Second President of the USA.

One must always maintain one's connection to the past and yet ceaselessly pull away from it. To remain in touch with the past requires a love of memory. To remain in touch with the past requires a constant imaginative effort.

Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962) French philosopher and poet.