The Past

Thoughtful quotes about the past, living in the past, and trying to change the past.

Words of Wisdom

the past, living in the past, and trying to change the past.


"I do not possess what I remember so much as it possesses me." (Richard Bode)

"The trouble with you is you think you have time." (Don Juan to Carlos Costaneda)

"One can never change the past, only the hold it has on you." (Merle Shain)

"Among the dead there are those that still have to be killed." (Fernad Desnoyers)

"What's past is prologue." (Shakespeare)

"The past should be a springboard, not a hammock." (unknown)

"Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions, false memories, false naming of real events." (Adrienne Rich)

"Life is thickly sewn with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is there power to harm us." (author unknown)

"Life can only be understood backwards, but must be lived forwards." (Soren Kierkegaard)

"One must never lose time in vainly regretting the past or in complaining against the changes which cause us discomfort, for change is the essence of life." (Antole France)

"It's but little good you'll do watering last years crops." (Frederick Loomis)

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2008, December 20). The Past, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 20 from

Last Updated: July 18, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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