The past lies like a nightmare upon the present. Men make their own history, but they do not make it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances existing already, given and transmitted from the past. The tradition of past generations weighs like the Alps on the brains of the living.
Past quotes by Kirk Douglas
I was living in a terrible time when people were being accused of being communists, and they attacked the movie industry, especially the writers. People couldn't work if they were on the blacklist. The studios banned them. It was the most onerous period in movie history. I don't think we have ever had a period so dark as that. People are always talking about the old days. They say that the old movies were better, that the old actors were so great. But I don't think so. All I can say about the old days is that they have passed.
I don’t live in either my past or my future. I’m interested only in the present. If you can concentrate always on the present, you’ll be a happy man. Life will be a party for you, a grand festival, because life is the moment we’re living now. If you have a past with which you feel dissatisfied, then forget it, now. Imagine a new story for your life and believe in it. Focus only on the moments when you achieved what you desired, and that strength will help you to get what you want.
You realize that our mistrust of the future makes it hard to give up the past. People are all over the world telling their one dramatic story and how their life has turned into getting over this one event. Now their lives are more about the past than their future. When you understand, that what you're telling is just a story. It isn't happening anymore. When you realize the story you're telling is just words, when you can just crumble up and throw your past in the trashcan, then we'll figure out who you're going to be. You know that old phrase ‘Those who don’t remember the past are condemned to repeat it’? Well, I think those who remember the past are even worse off.
Past quotes by Erich Maria Remarque
Also aboutThinking, Introspection, Time, Future, Mankind, Consequences
I wandered through the streets thinking of all the things I might have said and might have done had I been other than I was. Extraordinary creatures you young people are, altogether. The past you hate, the present you despise, and the future is a matter of indifference. How do you suppose that can lead to any good end?
Past quotes by Virginia Woolf
Also aboutEmotions, Nostalgia, Friendship, Psychology, Personality, Memories
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. Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by his heart, and his friends can only read the title.
Past quotes by Lewis Carroll
Also aboutTime, Change, Life, Future, Attitude, Today, Memory, Experience, Learning
The past is never dead. It's not even past. It's all now you see: tomorrow began yesterday and yesterday won't be over until tomorrow. There is no such thing as was—only is. If was existed, there would be no grief or sorrow. Let the past abolish the past when - and if - it can substitute something better.
History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again. I have great respect for the past. If you don't know where you've come from, you don't know where you're going. I have respect for the past, but I'm a person of the moment. I'm here, and I do my best to be completely centered at the place I'm at, then I go forward to the next place.