Bil KeaneYesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present.
George OrwellHe who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.
Gautama BuddhaThe secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, nor to worry about the future, but to live the present moment wisely and earnestly.
Deepak ChopraEvery time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.
Dr. SeussThey say I'm old-fashioned, and live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast!
Virginia WoolfI can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don't have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.
Haruki MurakamiUnfortunately, the clock is ticking, the hours are going by. The past increases, the future recedes. Possibilities decreasing, regrets mounting.
Johnny CashYou build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don't try to forget the mistakes, but you don't dwell on it. You don't let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.
August WilsonI think all in all, one thing a lot of plays seem to be saying is that we need to, as black Americans, to make a connection with our past in order to determine the kind of future we're going to have. In other words, we simply need to know who we are in relation to our historical presence in America.
Margaret AtwoodAs soon as you have a language that has a past tense and a future tense you're going to say, 'Where did we come from, what happens next?' The ability to remember the past helps us plan the future.
Audrey HepburnPick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present, and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future.
James JoyceHis heart danced upon her movements like a cork upon a tide. He heard what her eyes said to him from beneath their cowl and knew that in some dim past, whether in life or revery, he had heard their tale before.
Jane AustenYou must learn some of my philosophy. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.
August WilsonI don't look at our society today too much. My focus is still in the past, and part of the reason is because what I do - the wellspring of art, or what I do - l get from the blues. So I listen to the music of a particular period that I'm working on, and I think inside the music is clues to what is happening with the people.
Bob DylanThe future for me is already a thing of the past - You were my first love and you will be my last
Nicholas SparksPeople want pretty much the same things: They wanted to be happy. Most young people seemed to think that those things lay somewhere in the future, while most older people believed they lay in the past.
Henry Van DykeFavorite People, Favorite Places, Favorite Memories of the past ... These are the joys of a lifetime Those are the things that last
Mario Vargas LlosaMemory is a snare, pure and simple; it alters, it subtly rearranges the past to fit the present.
Johnny CashThe Master of Lifes been good to me. He has given me strength to face past illnesses, and victory in the face of defeat. He has given me life and joy where other saw oblivion. He Has given new purpose to live for, new services to render and old wounds to heal. Life and love go on, let the music play.
Thomas S. MonsonThe past is behind, learn from it. The future is ahead, prepare for it. The present is here, live it.
Charles DickensReflect upon your present blessings -- of which every man has many -- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.
Anderson CooperNot to sound too Dr. Phil all of a sudden, but I think the key to survival is to embrace one's past and to not run away from it. And to come to some sort of relationship with it or understanding of it.
Orhan PamukI wrote 'My Name is Red' just to remember painting, where the hand does it before the intellect. When I'm captive to it, I'm a happier person. Kierkegaard tells us that a happy person is someone who lives in the present; the unhappy person, someone who lives either in the past or the future.
David ByrneWhy not invest in the future of music, instead of building fortresses to preserve its past?
Hal BorlandEach new season grows from the leftovers from the past. That is the essence of change, and change is the basic law.
Khaled HosseiniIt's wrong what they say about the past, I've learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out.
Robert F. KennedyThere are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of a comfortable past which, in fact, never existed.
Roseanne BarrI do kabbalistic meditation. It's not unlike time travel; it can change the past and not just the future. You can look at what was lost and go beyond the grief of what was lost.
Neil GaimanI miss you', he admitted. 'I'm here', she said. 'That's when I miss you most. When you're here. When you aren't here, when you're just a ghost of the past or a dream from another life, it's easier then.
Marianne WilliamsonWe are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past, but by the love we're not extending in the present.
F. Scott FitzgeraldLater she remembered all the hours of the afternoon as happy -- one of those uneventful times that seem at the moment only a link between past and future pleasure, but turn out to have been the pleasure itself.
Margaret AtwoodWhen we think of the past it's the beautiful things we pick out. We want to believe it was all like that.
Haruki MurakamiDreams come from the past, not from the future. Dreams shouldn't control you--you should control them.
Thurgood MarshallWe deal here with the right of all of our children, whatever their race, to an equal start in life and to an equal opportunity to reach their full potential as citizens. Those children who have been denied that right in the past deserve better than to see fences thrown up to deny them that right in the future.
Virginia WoolfEach has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart and his friends can only read the title.
Mike PenceThe American people aren't focused on the debates of the past. They're focused on their future. They're focused on the challenges that we're facing at home and abroad.
Bernard MeltzerA friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are. Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget. A true friend is someone who thinks that you are a good egg even though he knows that you are slightly cracked.
Italo CalvinoArriving at each new city, the traveler finds again a past of his that he did not know he had: the foreignness of what you no longer are or no longer possess lies in wait for you in foreign, unpossessed places.
Alan MooreThe past can't hurt you anymore. Not unless you let it. They made you into a victim, Evey. They made you into a statistic. But, that's not the real you. That's not who you are inside.
Muhammad Ali JinnahIf you will work in co-operation, forgetting the past, burying the hatchet, you are bound to succeed.
Gautama BuddhaThe past is already gone, the future is not yet here. There's only one moment for you to live, and that is the present moment
Sylvia PlathHere I am, a bundle of past recollections and future dreams, knotted up in a reasonably attractive bundle of flesh. I remember what this flesh has gone through; I dream of what it may go through.
C. S. LewisGratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.
Roald DahlYou seemed so far away," Miss Honey whispered, awestruck. "Oh, I was. I was flying past the stars on silver wings," Matilda said. "It was wonderful.
Alan MooreSo when you find yourself locked onto an unpleasant train of thought, heading for the places in your past where the screaming is unbearable, remember there's always madness. Madness is the emergency exit.
Daisaku IkedaWe are not merely passive pawns of historical forces; nor are we victims of the past. We can shape and direct history.
Alan MooreThere is no future. There is no past. Do you see? Time is simultaneous, an intricately structured jewel that humans insist on viewing one edge at a time, when the whole design is visible in every facet.
Sophia LorenI've never tried to block out the memories of the past, even though some are painful. I don't understand people who hide from their past. Everything you live through helps to make you the person you are now.
Marcus AureliusLook back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future too.
Oprah WinfreyThe great courageous act that we must all do, is to have the courage to step out of our history and past so that we can live our dreams.
Elton JohnI've reached the stage of my life where learning is so important to me. I go through the past enough when I play my old songs on stage. And I don't mind doing that. But I want to think about the future.
Daisaku IkedaA healthy vision of the future is not possible without an accurate knowledge of the past.
Chaim Potok…everything has a past. Everything – a person, an object, a word, everything. If you don’t know the past, you can’t understand the present and plan properly for the future.
Rainer Maria RilkeHow can I keep my soul in me, so that it doesn't touch your soul? How can I raise it high enough, past you, to other things?
Daisaku IkedaIn the past, human society provided encouragement and opportunity for people to extend support to each other, especially in highly stressful situations.
Nikola TeslaAll that was great in the past was ridiculed, condemned, combated, suppressed — only to emerge all the more powerfully, all the more triumphantly from the struggle.
Fidel CastroA revolution is not a bed of roses. A revolution is a struggle between the future and the past.
T S EliotTime present and time past Are both perhaps present in time future And time future contained in time past.
Max LucadoThe past does not have to be your prison. You have a voice in your destiny. You have a say in your life. You have a choice in the path you take.
Joyce MeyerOur past may explain why we're suffering but we must not use it as an excuse to stay in bondage.
Henry Wadsworth LongfellowLook not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart.
Dante AlighieriThe man who lies asleep will never waken fame, and his desire and all his life drift past him like a dream, and the traces of his memory fade from time like smoke in air, or ripples on a stream.
Bob HopeWhen we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things - not the great occasions - give off the greatest glow of happiness.
Daniel RadcliffeThere's no shame in enjoying a quiet life. And that's been the realization of the past few years for me.
Bruce SpringsteenThe past is never the past. It is always present. And you better reckon with it in your life and in your daily experience, or it will get you. It will get you really bad.