We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
Irish playwright, critic and polemicist (1856 - 1950)
The past Hours weak and gray With the spoil which their toil Raked together From the conquest but One could foil.Percy Bysshe Shelley
I need not ask thee if that hand, now calmed, Has any Roman soldier mauled and knuckled, For thou wert dead, and buried and embalmed, Ere Romulus and Remus had been suckled: Antiquity appears to have begun Long after that primeval race was run.horace smith
Some of the best lessons we ever learn are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future.Dale Turner
In the process of letting go, you will lose many things from the past, but you will find yourself.deepak chopra
Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past.Tryon Edwards
Not heaven itself upon the past has power; But what has been, has been, and I have had my hour.
Therefore Agathon rightly says: "Of this alone even God is deprived, the power of making things that are past never to have been."
No traces left of all the busy scene, But that remembrances says: The things have been.
How thrilling to discover one had depths, how consoling to find them less polluted than the shallows, how encouraging to identify the enemy not as a fissure in the will but as a dead fetus in the specimen jar of the unconscious. My attention was being paternally led away from the excruciating present to the happy, healthy future that would be enabled by an analysis of the sick past, as though the priest had nothing to do but study old books and make bright forecasts, the present not worthy of notice.Edmund White
But how carve way i' the life that lies before, If bent on groaning ever for the past?Robert Browning
The Present is the living sum-total of the whole Past.thomas carlyle
O, to bring back the great Homeric time, The simple manners and the deeds sublime: When the wise Wanderer, often foiled by Fate, Through the long furrow drave the ploughshare straight.
Not heaven itself upon the past has power; But what has been, has been, and I have had my hour.john dryden
Enjoy the spring of love and youth, To some good angel leave the rest; For time will teach thee soon the truth, There are no birds in last year's nest.Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
We remain Safe in the hallowed quiets of the past.james russell lowell
Oh, had I but Aladdin's lamp Tho' only for a day, I'd try to find a link to bind The joys that pass away.
Let it not be said of this Atlantic generation that we left ideals and visions to the past, nor purpose and determination to our adversaries. We have come too far, we have sacrificed too much to disdain the future now.john f. kennedy
You can't look back - you just have to put the past behind you, and find something better in your future.jodi picoult
“I'm sorry about yesterday," she said. He hung on to his straps and shrugged. "Yesterday happens.”Rainbow Rowell
Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.Isaiah
The challenge of the unknown future is so much more exciting than the stories of the accomplished past.simon sinek