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Insightful Past Quotes That Will Let The Past Calls Go To Voice Mail

We often hear and read the phrase, ‘Dwelling on the Past’, which means thinking too much about something which has already occurred, good or bad, and more often than not is irreplaceable. Mastering the art of letting go and moving on is one of the most gruelling tasks. However, the key to peace and happiness lies in letting oneself free from the clutches of the past and stop worrying about every possible event that could occur in the future. It’s hard to rectify what has gone, however, learning from the past experiences and moving on, might initially be difficult, yet is the key to contentment and cheerfulness. It is even more important to never regret about the past because one time it was exactly what you wanted. We have rounded up some popular quotable quotes and thoughts which famous personalities and motivational speakers have shared that will help you cherish the good from your past, and letting go of what brings tears to your eyes. Zoom through the sayings and quotations on past which will help you start afresh and help you in accomplishing great things that the future holds for you with a big grin on your face.

Yesterday's the past, tomorrow's the future, but today is a gift. That's why it's called the present.

- Bil Keane

What is past is prologue.

- William Shakespeare

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

- The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.

- Oscar Wilde

He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past.

- 1984, George Orwell

The 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.

- Gautama Buddha

Every 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.

- Deepak Chopra

They say I'm old-fashioned, and live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast!

- Dr. Seuss

The past is never where you think you left it.

- Katherine Anne Porter

I 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.

- Virginia Woolf

I like men who have a future and women who have a past.

- Oscar Wilde

Unfortunately, the clock is ticking, the hours are going by. The past increases, the future recedes. Possibilities decreasing, regrets mounting.

- Dance Dance Dance, Haruki Murakami

You 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.

- Johnny Cash

They say miracles are past.

- William Shakespeare

I 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.

- August Wilson

As 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.

- Margaret Atwood

We are products of our past, but we don't have to be prisoners of it.

- The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for?, Rick Warren

Pick 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.

- Audrey Hepburn

His 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.

- A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, James Joyce

You must learn some of my philosophy. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.

- Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

The past is never dead. It's not even past.

- Requiem for a Nun, William Faulkner

If you live to be one hundred, you've got it made. Very few people die past that age.

- George Burns

I 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.

- August Wilson

The future for me is already a thing of the past - You were my first love and you will be my last

- Bob Dylan - Love and Theft: Piano/Vocal/Guitar, Bob Dylan

People 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.

- Nights in Rodanthe, Nicholas Sparks

Study the past if you would define the future.

- Confucius

Favorite People, Favorite Places, Favorite Memories of the past ... These are the joys of a lifetime Those are the things that last

- Henry Van Dyke

Sooner or later we've all got to let go of our past.

- Deception Point, Dan Brown

The past can't hurt you anymore, not unless you let it.

- V for Vendetta, Alan Moore

Whatever we had missed, we possessed together the precious, the incommunicable past.

- My Ántonia, Willa Cather

My past is everything I failed to be.

- The Book of Disquiet, Fernando Pessoa

Our scars make us know that our past was for real

- Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

Memory is a snare, pure and simple; it alters, it subtly rearranges the past to fit the present.

- Mario Vargas Llosa

Forgiveness is giving up all hope of having had a better past.

- Anne Lamott

Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.

- Marcel Proust

The 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.

- Johnny Cash

The past is behind, learn from it. The future is ahead, prepare for it. The present is here, live it.

- Thomas S. Monson

Reflect upon your present blessings -- of which every man has many -- not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.

- A Christmas Carol and Other Christmas Writings, Charles Dickens

Not 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.

- Anderson Cooper

I 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.

- Orhan Pamuk

Why not invest in the future of music, instead of building fortresses to preserve its past?

- David Byrne

Each new season grows from the leftovers from the past. That is the essence of change, and change is the basic law.

- Hal Borland

It's wrong what they say about the past, I've learned, about how you can bury it. Because the past claws its way out.

- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

All moments, past, present and future, always have existed, always will exist.

- Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut

What's past is prologue.

- The Tempest, William Shakespeare

For every minute, the future is becoming the past.

- Thor Heyerdahl

There 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.

- Robert F. Kennedy

Women like a man with a past, but they prefer a man with a present.

- Mae West

I 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.

- Roseanne Barr

I 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.

- American Gods, Neil Gaiman

The decisions of our past are the architects of our present.

- Inferno, Dan Brown

In this bright future you can't forget your past.

- Bob Marley

We 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.

- Marianne Williamson

When we think of the past it's the beautiful things we pick out. We want to believe it was all like that.

- The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood

Later 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.

- Tender is the Night, F. Scott Fitzgerald

Dreams come from the past, not from the future. Dreams shouldn't control you--you should control them.

- Blind Willow, Haruki Murakami

We 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.

- Thurgood Marshall

Each 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.

- Virginia Woolf

I'm very good at the past. It's the present I can't understand.

- High Fidelity, Nick Hornby

Show me a man with a tattoo and I'll show you a man with an interesting past.

- Jack London

I don't fuck much with the past but I fuck plenty with the future.

- Patti Smith

A 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.

- Bernard Meltzer

Arriving 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.

- Invisible Cities, Italo Calvino

There is no comfort looking forth nor back, The present gives the lie to all her past.

- Emma Lazarus

The 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.

- V for Vendetta, Alan Moore

Here 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.

- The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath, Sylvia Plath

If you will work in co-operation, forgetting the past, burying the hatchet, you are bound to succeed.

- Muhammad Ali Jinnah

Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.

- The Screwtape Letters, C. S. Lewis

You 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.

- Matilda, Roald Dahl

When it comes to the past, everyone writes fiction.

- Joyland, Stephen King

How can we live without our lives? How will we know it's us without our past?

- The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

The 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

- Gautama Buddha

So 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.

- Batman: The Killing Joke, Alan Moore

We are not merely passive pawns of historical forces; nor are we victims of the past. We can shape and direct history.

- Daisaku Ikeda

If I have to have a past, then I prefer it to be multiple choice.

- Batman: The Killing Joke, Alan Moore

I'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.

- Sophia Loren

There 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.

- Watchmen, Alan Moore

Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future too.

- Meditations, Marcus Aurelius

The 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.

- Oprah Winfrey

A healthy vision of the future is not possible without an accurate knowledge of the past.

- Daisaku Ikeda

I was weeping again, drunk on the impossible past.

- Vladimir Nabokov

…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.

- Davita's Harp, Chaim Potok

In the past, human society provided encouragement and opportunity for people to extend support to each other, especially in highly stressful situations.

- Daisaku Ikeda

How 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?

- Rainer Maria Rilke

Time present and time past Are both perhaps present in time future And time future contained in time past.

- Four Quartets, T S Eliot

A revolution is not a bed of roses. A revolution is a struggle between the future and the past.

- Fidel Castro

Nothing is there to come, and nothing past, But an eternal Now does always last.

- Abraham Cowley

One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.

- My Life, Golda Meir

Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different.

- Oprah Winfrey

All 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.

- Nikola Tesla

The 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.

- When God Whispers Your Name, Max Lucado

Look 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.

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Our past may explain why we're suffering but we must not use it as an excuse to stay in bondage.

- Battlefield of the Mind: Winning the Battle in Your Mind, Joyce Meyer

Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again.

- Gautama Buddha

When we recall Christmas past, we usually find that the simplest things - not the great occasions - give off the greatest glow of happiness.

- Bob Hope

There's no shame in enjoying a quiet life. And that's been the realization of the past few years for me.

- Daniel Radcliffe

The 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.

- The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri

A generation which ignores history has no past — and no future.

- Time Enough for Love, Robert A. Heinlein

The 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.

- Bruce Springsteen

If both the past and the external world exist only in the mind, and if the mind itself is controllable - what then?

- 1984, George Orwell