Best Quotes About Past

The past always looks better than it was. It's only pleasant because it isn't here. -Finley Peter Dunne

Baseball hasn't been the national pastime for many years now – no sport is. The national pastime, like it or not, is watching television. -Bob Greene

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. -Buddha

I say that democracy can never prove itself beyond cavil, until it founds and luxuriantly grows its own forms of art, poems, schools, theology, displacing all that exists, or that has been produced anywhere in the past, under opposite influences. -Walt Whitman

History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside. -John F. Kennedy

History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. -Napoleon Bonaparte

Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. -George Santayana

The President seems to extend executive privilege way out past the atmosphere. What he says is executive privilege is nothing but executive poppycock. -Sam Ervin

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

The past cannot be cured. -Elizabeth I

The present in New York is so powerful that the past is lost. -John Jay Chapman

I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future. -Dan Quayle

Let me just tell you how thrilling it really is, and how, what a challenge it is, because in 1988 the question is whether we're going forward to tomorrow or whether we're going to go past to the – to the back! -Dan Quayle

The present was an egg laid by the past that had the future inside its shell. -Zora Neale Hurston

There is no such thing as a good or bad ad in isolation. What is good at one moment is bad at another. Research can trap you into the past. -William Bernbach

What was any art but a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself – life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose. -Willa Cather

Trying to sneak a fastball past Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak the sunrise past a rooster. -Joe Adcock

Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five. -John Updike

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it. -Soren Kierkegaard

The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down. -A. Whitney Brown

The past is malleable and flexible, changing as our recollection interprets and re-explains what has happened. -Peter L. Berger

God cannot alter the past, though historians can. -Samuel Butler

The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future. -Jessamyn West

I have memories – but only a fool stores his past in the future. -David Gerrold

No man is rich enough to buy back his past. -Oscar Wilde

Living the past is a dull and lonely business; looking back strains the neck muscles, causing you to bump into people not going your way. -Edna Ferber

I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is. -Alan Watts

The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future. -Oscar Wilde

The future influences the present just as much as the past. -Friedrich Nietzsche

What you've done becomes the judge of what you're going to do – especially in other people's minds. When you're traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don't have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road. -William Least Heat-Moon

Isn't it amazing the way the future succeeds in creating an appropriate past? -John Leonard

We need not destroy the past. It is gone. -John Cage

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

Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past. -George Orwell

What is past is prologue. -William Shakespeare

The lessons of the past are ignored and obliterated in a contemporary antagonism known as the generation gap. -Spiro T. Agnew

It is difficult to live in the present, ridiculous to live in the future and impossible to live in the past. Nothing is as far away as one minute ago. -Jim Bishop

The beauty of the past belongs to the past. -Margaret Bourke-White

It is easy enough to define what the Commonwealth is not. Indeed this is quite a popular pastime. -Queen Elizabeth II

The act of writing requires a constant plunging back into the shadow of the past where time hovers ghostlike. -Ralph Ellison

The unrecorded past is none other than our old friend, the tree in the primeval forest which fell without being heard. -Barbara W. Tuchman

In the past, those who had ideas they wished to communicate to the public had the unquestioned right to disseminate those ideas in an open marketplace, called a mall, we should not abridge that right. -Sol Wachtler

Scrooge pushed past Mary number 1 and Joseph number 2 in the wings without so much as an 'excuse me'. Typical. -William E. Geist

The ability to think straight, some knowledge of the past, some vision of the future, some skill to do useful service, some urge to fit that service into the well-being of the community – these are the most vital things education must try to produce. -Virginia Gildersleeve

The past is not simply the past, but a prism through which the subject filters his own changing self-image. -Doris Kearns Goodwin

Our greatest responsibility is not to be pencils of the past. -Robert A. M. Stern

My future is in my past and my past is my present. I must now make the present my future. -Vladimir Horowitz

Every time a student walks past a really urgent, expressive piece of architecture that belongs to his college, it can help reassure him that he does have that mind, does have that soul. -Louis Kahn

To state the facts frankly is not to despair the future nor indict the past. The prudent heir takes careful inventory of his legacies and gives a faithful accounting to those whom he owes an obligation of trust. -John F. Kennedy

I shall take all the troubles of the past, all the disappointments, all the headaches, and I shall pack them in a bag and throw them in the East River. -Trygve Lie

Life is a culmination of the past, an awareness of the present, an indication of a future beyond knowledge, the quality that gives a touch of divinity to matter. -Charles Lindbergh

A nation that forgets its past can function no better than an individual with amnesia. -David McCullough

Certainly the most diverse, if minor, pastime of literary life is the game of Find the Author. -Arthur Miller

It may not be possible to get rare roast beef but if you're willing to settle for well done, ask them to hold the sweetened library paste that passes for gravy. -Marian Burros

Give us this day our daily taste. Restore to us soups that spoons will not sink in and sauces which are never the same twice. Raise up among us stews with more gravy than we have bread to blot it with Give us pasta with a hundred fillings. -Robert Farrar Capon

We must get the American public to look past the glitter, beyond the showmanship, to the reality, the hard substance of things. And we'll do it not so much with speeches that will bring people to their feet as with speeches that bring people to their senses. -Mario Cuomo

All of us, whether guilty or not, whether old or young, must accept the past. It is not a case of coming to terms with the past. That is not possible. It cannot be subsequently modified or undone. -Richard von Weizsaecker

In old age we are like a batch of letters that someone has sent. We are no longer in the past, we have arrived. -Knut Hamsun

Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present, which seldom happens to us. -Jean de la Bruyere

The past, the present and the future are really one: they are today. -Harriet Beecher Stowe

With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now. -Ralph Waldo Emerson

The superior man acquaints himself with many sayings of antiquity and many deeds of the past, in order to strengthen his character thereby. -John Milton

Study the past, if you would divine the future. -Confucius

Art need no longer be an account of past sensations. It can become the direct organization of more highly evolved sensations. It is a question of producing ourselves, not things that enslave us. -Angela Carter

The age of chivalry is past. Bores have succeeded to dragons. -Charles Dickens

Attitude is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than what people do or say. It is more important than appearance, giftedness, or skill. -Charles R. Swindoll

A bibliophile of little means is likely to suffer often. Books don't slip from his hands but fly past him through the air, high as birds, high as prices. -William Lyon Phelps

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. -John F. Kennedy

The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. -Abraham Lincoln

Let us not seek the Republican answer or the Democratic answer, but the right answer. Let us not seek to fix the blame for the past. Let us accept our own responsibility for the future. -John F. Kennedy

The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future. -Herbert Spencer

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

The golden moments in the stream of life rush past us, and we see nothing but sand; the angels come to visit us, and we only know them when they are gone. -George Eliot

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

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

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

If you believe that feeling bad or worrying long enough will change a past or future event, then you are residing on another planet with a different reality system. -William James

We make way for the man who boldly pushes past us. -Christian Nestell Bovee

Tax reform is taking the taxes off things that have been taxed in the past and putting taxes on things that haven't been taxed before. -Art Buchwald

In each action we must look beyond the action at our past, present, and future state, and at others whom it affects, and see the relations of all those things. And then we shall be very cautious. -Blaise Pascal

A strange thing is memory, and hope; one looks backward, and the other forward; one is of today, the other of tomorrow. Memory is history recorded in our brain, memory is a painter, it paints pictures of the past and of the day. -Grandma Moses

Look back, and smile on perils past. -Walter Scott

People spend too much time finding other people to blame, too much energy finding excuses for not being what they are capable of being, and not enough energy putting themselves on the line, growing out of the past, and getting on with their lives. -J. Michael Straczynski

Have you noticed in your past experience that your kind interpretations were almost always truer than you harsh one? -Lawrence G. Lovasik

Your future takes precedence over your past. Focus on your future, rather than on the past. -Gary Ryan Blair

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

You must learn from your past mistakes, but not lean on your past successes. -Denis Waitley

They say miracles are past. -William Shakespeare

I've come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy. -Tony Robbins

You can't start worrying about what's going to happen. You get spastic enough worrying about what's happening now. -Lauren Bacall

I hope to be around past the 90's. I don't want to just be categorized as one of this era. My goal is to have a career that stands. -Mariah Carey

Forgiveness means letting go of the past. -Gerald Jampolsky

You can't undo the past… but you can certainly not repeat it. -Bruce Willis

My school days were the happiest days of my life; which should give you some indication of the misery I've endured over the past twenty-five years. -Paul Merton

I really want to play Princess Leia. Stick some big pastries on my head. Now that would be interesting. -Ewan McGregor

Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed. -Wayne Dyer

You are always free to change your mind and choose a different future, or a different past. -Richard Bach

Rock 'n' roll is ridiculous. It's absurd. In the past, U2 was trying to duck that. Now we're wrapping our arms around it and giving it a great big kiss. -Bono

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. -Thomas Jefferson

Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter. -William Inge

It's a question of whether we're going to go forward into the future, or past to the back. -Dan Quayle

There will always be men struggling to change, and there will always be those who are controlled by the past. -Ernest Gaines

There is a way to look at the past. Don't hide from it. It will not catch you if you don't repeat it. -Pearl Bailey

The past is a ghost, the future a dream, and all we ever have is now. -Bill Cosby

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. -Virginia Woolf

As I have discovered by examining my past, I started out as a child. Coincidentally, so did my brother. My mother did not put all her eggs in one basket, so to speak: she gave me a younger brother named Russell, who taught me what was meant by 'survival of the fittest.' -Bill Cosby

Know what the old masters did. Know how they composed their pictures, but do not fall into the conventions they established. These conventions were right for them, and they are wonderful. They made their language. You make yours. All the past can help you. -Robert Henri

When you forgive, you in no way change the past – but you sure do change the future. -Bernard Meltzer

Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future. -Lewis B. Smedes

Once I knew only darkness and stillness… my life was without past or future… but a little word from the fingers of another fell into my hand that clutched at emptiness, and my heart leaped to the rapture of living. -Helen Keller

Instead of looking at the past, I put myself ahead twenty years and try to look at what I need to do now in order to get there then. -Diana Ross

With photography a new language has been created. Now for the first time it is possible to express reality by reality. We can look at an impression as long as we wish, we can delve into it and, so to speak, renew past experiences at will. -Ernst Haas

The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries. -Rene Descartes

Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. -Melody Beattie

While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future. -Ronald Reagan

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

Memories are the key not to the past, but to the future. -Corrie Ten Boom

I am going away with him to an unknown country where I shall have no past and no name, and where I shall be born again with a new face and an untried heart. -Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

As one went to Europe to see the living past, so one must visit Southern California to observe the future. -Alison Lurie

For time and the world do not stand still. Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future. -John F. Kennedy

Few great men would have got past personnel. -Paul Goodman

Each party steals so many articles of faith from the other, and the candidates spend so much time making each other's speeches, that by the time election day is past there is nothing much to do save turn the sitting rascals out and let a new gang in. -H. L. Mencken

If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future. -Winston Churchill

Much of the social history of the Western world, over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good. -Thomas Sowell

Some say our national pastime is baseball. Not me. It's gossip. -Erma Bombeck

I tend to live in the past because most of my life is there. -Herb Caen

The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet. -Cyril Connolly

The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealised past. -Robertson Davies

Bureaucracy defends the status quo long past the time when the quo has lost its status. -Laurence J. Peter

Most of the problems a President has to face have their roots in the past. -Harry S Truman

In America, the photographer is not simply the person who records the past, but the one who invents it. -Susan Sontag

In books lies the soul of the whole past time. -Thomas Carlyle

A nation which has forgotten the quality of courage which in the past has been brought to public life is not as likely to insist upon or regard that quality in its chosen leaders today – and in fact we have forgotten. -John F. Kennedy

Through loyalty to the past, our mind refuses to realize that tomorrow's joy is possible only if today's makes way for it; that each wave owes the beauty of its line only to the withdrawal of the preceding one. -Andre Gide

To have no heroes is to have no aspiration, to live on the momentum of the past, to be thrown back upon routine, sensuality, and the narrow self. -Charles Horton Cooley

Drop the last year into the silent limbo of the past. Let it go, for it was imperfect, and thank God that it can go. -Brooks Atkinson

One must always maintain one's connection to the past and yet ceaselessly pull away from it. -Gaston Bachelard

A safe but sometimes chilly way of recalling the past is to force open a crammed drawer. If you are searching for anything in particular you don't find it, but something falls out at the back that is often more interesting. -James M. Barrie

The past is our definition. We may strive with good reason to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it. But we will escape it only by adding something better to it. -Wendell Berry

One's past is what one is. It is the only way by which people should be judged. -Oscar Wilde

We are always acting on what has just finished happening. It happened at least 1/30th of a second ago. We think we're in the present, but we aren't. The present we know is only a movie of the past. -Tom Wolfe

People who live in the past generally are afraid to compete in the present. I've got my faults, but living in the past is not one of them. There's no future in it. -Sparky Anderson

I looked for the same pitch my whole career, a breaking ball. All of the time. I never worried about the fastball. They couldn't throw it past me, none of them. -Hank Aaron

There is no room in baseball for discrimination. It is our national pastime and a game for all. -Lou Gehrig

The sportsman knows that a sport is a recreation, a game, an amusement and a pastime, but his eyes are fixed on a higher goal, on the most important thing in his life, which is his education or his vocation. -Avery Brundage

We are a people who do not want to keep much of the past in our heads. It is considered unhealthy in America to remember mistakes, neurotic to think about them, psychotic to dwell on them. -Lillian Hellman

Most of the media… is positioning the merger with Compaq and the recent actions by Walter Hewlett and David Packard as a fight between the past and the future. -Carly Fiorina

Life is divided into three terms – that which was, which is, and which will be. Let us learn from the past to profit by the present, and from the present, to live better in the future. -William Wordsworth

Upper classes are a nation's past; the middle class is its future. -Ayn Rand

Photography can only represent the present. Once photographed, the subject becomes part of the past. -Berenice Abbott

Well, the future for me is already a thing of the past. -Bob Dylan

I believe the future is only the past again, entered through another gate. -Arthur Wing Pinero

The Past: Our cradle, not our prison; there is danger as well as appeal in its glamour. The past is for inspiration, not imitation, for continuation, not repetition. -Israel Zangwill

Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable. -George S. Patton

In should be the duty of every soldier to reflect on the experiences of the past, in the endeavor to discover improvements, in his particular sphere of action, which are practicable in the immediate future. -B. H. Liddell Hart

Your message is stupid. Iraq is not afraid of you or anyone else when it has a right to claim. What you warned about is not on Iraq's agenda. Iraq is vital and powerful. It is not an opportunistic country. Your administration has not learned from the past. -Mohammed Aldouri

I think it's the end of progress if you stand still and think of what you've done in the past. I keep on. -Leslie Caron

We are tomorrow's past. -Mary Webb

Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the present toward the future. -Denis Waitley

Learn from the past, set vivid, detailed goals for the future, and live in the only moment of time over which you have any control: now. -Denis Waitley

If Germany, thanks to Hitler and his successors, were to enslave the European nations and destroy most of the treasures of their past, future historians would certainly pronounce that she had civilized Europe. -Simone Weil

The destruction of the past is perhaps the greatest of all crimes. -Simone Weil

Anger may repast with thee for an hour, but not repose for a night; the continuance of anger is hatred, the continuance of hatred turns malice. -Francis Quarles

The law of humanity ought to be composed of the past, the present, and the future, that we bear within us; whoever possesses but one of these terms, has but a fragment of the law of the moral world. -Edgar Quinet

Take time to gather up the past so that you will be able to draw from your experience and invest them in the future. -Jim Rohn

Obviously the facts are never just coming at you but are incorporated by an imagination that is formed by your previous experience. Memories of the past are not memories of facts but memories of your imaginings of the facts. -Philip Roth

America is the civilization of people engaged in transforming themselves. In the past, the stars of the performance were the pioneer and the immigrant. Today, it is youth and the Black. -Harold Rosenberg

The books one has written in the past have two surprises in store: one couldn't write them again, and wouldn't want to. -Jean Rostand

Freedom from effort in the present merely means that there has been effort stored up in the past. -Theodore Roosevelt

Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions, false memories, false namings of real events. -Adrienne Rich

In every loving woman there is a priestess of the past – a pious guardian of some affection, of which the object has disappeared. -Henri Frederic Amiel

The more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are of loving in the present. -Barbara De Angelis

Nothing is improbable until it moves into past tense. -George Ade

Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible. -Maya Angelou

It is in the very nature of things human that every act that has once made its appearance and has been recorded in the history of mankind stays with mankind as a potentiality long after its actuality has become a thing of the past. -Hannah Arendt

The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion. -Albert Einstein

Breed is stronger than pasture. -George Eliot

I desire no future that will break the ties with the past. -George Eliot

Whoso neglects learning in his youth, loses the past and is dead for the future. -Euripides

The free world must not prove itself worthy of its own past. -Dwight D. Eisenhower

Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past. -Tryon Edwards

If the history of the past fifty years teaches us anything, it is that peace does not follow disarmament – disarmament follows peace. -Bernard Baruch

If past history was all there was to the game, the richest people would be librarians. -Warren Buffett

What we call wisdom is the result of all the wisdom of past ages. Our best institutions are like young trees growing upon the roots of the old trunks that have crumbled away. -Henry Ward Beecher

Memory is not an instrument for exploring the past but its theatre. It is the medium of past experience, as the ground is the medium in which dead cities lie interred. -Walter Benjamin

The true picture of the past flits by. The past can be seized only as an image which flashes up at the instant when it can be recognized and is never seen again. -Walter Benjamin

The past grows gradually around one, like a placenta for dying. -John Berger

What is past is past, there is a future left to all men, who have the virtue to repent and the energy to atone. -Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton

For pleasures past I do not grieve, nor perils gathering near; My greatest grief is that I leave nothing that claims a tear. -Lord Byron

Children enjoy the present because they have neither a past nor a future. -Jean de la Bruyere

We are willing enough to praise freedom when she is safely tucked away in the past and cannot be a nuisance. In the present, amidst dangers whose outcome we cannot foresee, we get nervous about her, and admit censorship. -E. M. Forster

My sorrow, when she's here with me, thinks these dark days of autumn rain are beautiful as days can be; she loves the bare, the withered tree; she walks the sodden pasture lane. -Robert Frost

I do not know which makes a man more conservative – to know nothing but the present, or nothing but the past. -John Maynard Keynes

For the first time in the history of mankind, one generation literally has the power to destroy the past, the present and the future, the power to bring time to an end. -Hubert H. Humphrey

The essence of statesmanship is not a rigid adherence to the past, but a prudent and probing concern for the future. -Hubert H. Humphrey

Every event that a man would master must be mounted on the run, and no man ever caught the reins of a thought except as it galloped past him. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

The flesh endures the storms of the present alone; the mind, those of the past and future as well as the present. Gluttony is a lust of the mind. -Thomas Hobbes

A society that has made 'nostalgia' a marketable commodity on the cultural exchange quickly repudiates the suggestion that life in the past was in any important way better than life today. -Christopher Lasch

For other nations, utopia is a blessed past never to be recovered; for Americans it is just beyond the horizon. -Henry Kissinger

I know of no way of judging the future but by the past. -Patrick Henry

If the past cannot teach the present and the father cannot teach the son, then history need not have bothered to go on, and the world has wasted a great deal of time. -Russell Hoban

I try to learn from the past, but I plan for the future by focusing exclusively on the present. That's where the fun is. -Donald Trump

You learn from a conglomeration of the incredible past – whatever experience gotten in any way whatsoever. -Bob Dylan

To be able to look back upon one's past life with satisfaction is to live twice. -John Dalberg-Acton

Use the losses and failures of the past as a reason for action, not inaction. -Charles J. Givens

To design the future effectively, you must first let go of your past. -Charles J. Givens

Nations without a past are contradictions in terms. What makes a nation is the past, what justifies one nation against others is the past, and historians are the people who produce it. -Eric Hobsbawm

If I'd written all the truth I knew for the past ten years, about 600 people – including me – would be rotting in prison cells from Rio to Seattle today. Absolute truth is a very rare and dangerous commodity in the context of professional journalism. -Hunter S. Thompson

The history of the past interests us only in so far as it illuminates the history of the present. -Ernest Dimnet

Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future. -Swami Sivananda

Our names are labels, plainly printed on the bottled essence of our past behavior. -Logan Pearsall Smith

The past itself, as historical change continues to accelerate, has become the most surreal of subjects – making it possible… to see a new beauty in what is vanishing. -Susan Sontag

I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes, so live not in your yesterdays, no just for tomorrow, but in the here and now. Keep moving and forget the post mortems; and remember, no one can get the jump on the future. -Carl Sandburg

Sweet is the memory of past troubles. -Marcus Tullius Cicero

I love my past, I love my present. I am not ashamed of what I have had, and I am not sad because I no longer have it. -Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

With two thousand years of Christianity behind him… a man can't see a regiment of soldiers march past without going off the deep end. It starts off far too many ideas in his head. -Louis-Ferdinand Celine

God be thanked for books; they are the voices of the distant and the dead, and make us heirs of the spiritual life of past ages. -William Ellery Channing

For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history myself. -Winston Churchill

Once I planned to write a book of poems entirely about the things in my pocket. But I found it would be too long; and the age of the great epics is past. -Gilbert K. Chesterton

Inner peace can be reached only when we practice forgiveness. Forgiveness is letting go of the past, and is therefore the means for correcting our misperceptions. -Gerald Jampolsky

The promise given was a necessity of the past: the word broken is a necessity of the present. -Niccolo Machiavelli

The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past. -Andre Maurois

To a father, when a child dies, the future dies; to a child when a parent dies, the past dies. -Red Auerbach

The ultimate function of prophecy is not to tell the future, but to make it. Your successful past will block your visions of the future. -Joel A. Barker

Your successful past will block your visions of the future. -Joel A. Barker

Where the mind is past hope, the heart is past shame. -John Lyly

Your past is not your potential. In any hour you can choose to liberate the future. -Marilyn Ferguson

Every man is his own ancestor, and every man his own heir. He devises his own fortune, and he inherits his own past. -Francis Herbert Hedge

Nothing is to come, and nothing past: But an eternal now, does always last. -Abraham Cowley

In the maxim of the past you cannot go anywhere. -Maxim Gorky

A novelist is, like all mortals, more fully at home on the surface of the present than in the ooze of the past. -Vladimir Nabokov

Anyone who doesn't miss the past never had a mother. -Gregory Nunn

Winners must learn to relish change with the same enthusiasm and energy that we have resisted it in the past. -Tom Peters

The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power. -Unknown

Since grief only aggravates your loss, grieve not for what is past. -Walker Percy

If we examine our thoughts, we shall find them always occupied with the past and the future. -Blaise Pascal

The past is only the present become invisible and mute; and because it is invisible and mute, its memorized glances and its murmurs are infinitely precious. We are tomorrow's past. -Mary Webb

If the only new thing we have to offer is an improved version of the past, then today can only be inferior to yesterday. Hypnotized by images of the past, we risk losing all capacity for creative change. -Robert Hewison

In my opinion, most of the great men of the past were only there for the beer – the wealth, prestige and grandeur that went with the power. -A. J. P. Taylor

You can never plan the future by the past. -Edmund Burke

We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future. -George Bernard Shaw

The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that men may become robots. -Erich Fromm

Speaks cheerful English and in the past has written this language with a paintbrush that talks. -Jimmy Breslin

Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragements and doubts. We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts, and the painful groping. -Ethel Barrymore

For books are more than books, they are the life, the very heart and core of ages past, the reason why men lived and worked and died, the essence and quintessence of their lives. -Gene Fowler

The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds. -William James

One faces the future with one's past. -Pearl S. Buck

Man spends his life in reasoning on the past, in complaining of the present, in fearing future. -Antoine Rivarol

We cannot change our past. We can not change the fact that people act in a certain way. We can not change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. -Charles R. Swindoll

In Australia, not reading poetry is the national pastime. -Phyllis McGinley

All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome. -George Orwell

It is even better to act quickly and err than to hesitate until the time of action is past. -Carl von Clausewitz

It is not materialism that is the chief curse of the world, as pastors teach, but idealism. Men get into trouble by taking their visions and hallucinations too seriously. -H. L. Mencken

To what a degree the same past can leave different marks – and especially admit of different interpretations. -Andre Gide

I think it puts baseball back on the map as a sport. It's America's pastime and just look at everyone coming out to the ballpark. It has been an exciting year. -Mark McGwire

I don't think the human mind can comprehend the past and the future. They are both just illusions that can manipulate you into thinking theres some kind of change. -Bob Dylan

The Cruise missiles do not frighten anyone. We are catching them like fish in a river. I mean here that over the past two days, we managed to shoot down 196 missiles before they hit their target. -Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf

We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience. -George Washington

There are certain moments when we might wish the future were built by men of the past. -Jean Rostand

When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things – not the great occasions – that in retrospect give off the greatest glow of happiness. -Bob Hope

The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect was already in the cause. -Henri Bergson

Nothing that was worthy in the past departs; no truth or goodness realized by man ever dies, or can die. -Thomas Carlyle

Every age has a keyhole to which its eye is pasted. -Mary McCarthy

They spend their time looking forward to the past. -John Osborne

Not to be born is, past all prizing, best. -Sophocles

We have one life; it soon will be past; what we do for God is all that will last. -Charles Studd

To me, living in the present means being aware of your conscious choice to focus on the past, present or future – it is not necessarily having to focus on the present. -Bo Bennett

Resume: a written exaggeration of only the good things a person has done in the past, as well as a wish list of the qualities a person would like to have. -Bo Bennett

We do not have the luxury of two big oceans protecting us as we have had in the past, for we now have a new kind of enemy who deals with stealthiness. Our ability to protect ourselves is having the information ahead of time so we can thwart the attack. -Bill Nelson

In charting our course to the future, we are mindful of our path from the past. -Brad Henry

We have a hope of succeeding if we learn from our past mistakes and pull together to make the hard choices. -Carl Levin

We have all examined our past critically and are very much aware of even the unpleasant things. Now, we need to look at what we plan to do with the lessons we have learned from the past. -Heinz Fischer

The issue is not abortion. The issue is whether women can make up their own mind instead of some right-wing pastor, some right-wing politician telling them what to do. -Howard Dean

Education should prepare our minds to use its own powers of reason and conception rather than filling it with the accumulated misconceptions of the past. -Bryant H. McGill

Terrorism, ladies and gentlemen, in my eyes I have a very, very, very simple explanation. Gangs of criminals, killers, used unfortunately by certain governments in the past for political purposes, who are on their own now as gangs. -Hamid Karzai

It is a sad commentary that today we face a choice between having schools that are a monument to our past – or schools that will be the lifeblood of our future. But since that is our choice, let us resolve to choose wisely. -Ted Kulongoski

We know from our own history that democratic institutions take decades to mature, and we know from past conflicts that freedom is not free. -Jim DeMint

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

I have a bag with a toothbrush and toothpaste and all the things I might need during the day. I call the bag my trailer. Sometimes you don't have a trailer, so that's my trailer. -Laura Linney

For books are more than books, they are the life, the very heart and core of ages past, the reason why men worked and died, the essence and quintessence of their lives. -Amy Lowell

It is my firm belief that I have a link with the past and a responsibility to the future. I cannot give up. I cannot despair. There's a whole future, generations to come. I have to keep trying. -Hussein of Jordan

Using the power of decision gives you the capacity to get past any excuse to change any and every part of your life in an instant. -Tony Robbins

In the past a leader was a boss. Today's leaders must be partners with their people… they no longer can lead solely based on positional power. -Ken Blanchard

We are not animals. We are not a product of what has happened to us in our past. We have the power of choice. -Stephen Covey

I do love Italian food. Any kind of pasta or pizza. My new pig out food is Indian food. I eat Indian food like three times a week. It's so good. -Jennifer Love Hewitt

Health care for all Americans is the most pressing domestic issue today. It's far past time for the President and Congress to deliver health care to everyone. -Russ Feingold

Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves – regret for the past and fear of the future. -Fulton Oursler

One of the tragedies of modern times is that people have come to believe that something said by someone in the past, perhaps for illustrative or provocation purposes, actually represents that person's beliefs at the time. -Idries Shah

There's no present. There's only the immediate future and the recent past. -George Carlin

I do not believe, given her past decisions and comments on the reasons to go to war in Iraq, that Dr. Rice will be able to represent the United States without a predetermined bias from the war. -Daniel Akaka

But before looking to the future, let's glance back at the road we've traveled these past two years because that is the source of much of the optimism we are all feeling about the future. -Linda Lingle

Working together during the past three years, we have confounded the skeptics and the cynics. We've shown that here in Virginia, Democrats and Republicans can come together, put politics aside, and make tough decisions when times demand it. -Mark Warner

The demands of the present must stand above the political habits of the past. -Matt Blunt

There are significant human rights abuses in China. In some areas, the situation is worse today than in the past. In other areas, there have been improvements. We will recognize the latter, and be critical of the former. -Max Baucus

Well, I'm not saying that we're solving every problem or arresting every person that ought to be arrested and deported, but we're doing a better job than has been done in the past. -Thad Cochran

A poor choice of words conveyed to some the impression that I embrace the discarded policies of the past. Nothing could be further from the truth, and I apologize to anyone who was offended by my statement. -Trent Lott

The nervous system and the automatic machine are fundamentally alike in that they are devices, which make decisions on the basis of decisions they made in the past. -Norbert Wiener

Winners live in the present tense. People who come up short are consumed with future or past. I want to be living in the now. -Alex Rodriguez

In the past I've made movies that were pretty universally liked. You can't really hate them. You can discard them, but you can't really hate them. -Ang Lee

I'm not good at future planning. I don't plan at all. I don't know what I'm doing tomorrow. I don't have a day planner and I don't have a diary. I completely live in the now, not in the past, not in the future. -Heath Ledger

I have spent the past several years working so hard to just move on, and to try and build a life for myself. -Monica Lewinsky

No jealousy their dawn of love overcast, nor blasted were their wedded days with strife; each season looked delightful as it past, to the fond husband and the faithful wife. -James Beattie

As scientists, we keep an open mind, but we have to base our ideas about the past on archaeological evidence. -Zahi Hawass

Saddam Hussein has systematically violated, over the course of the past 11 years, every significant UN resolution that has demanded that he disarm and destroy his chemical and biological weapons, and any nuclear capacity. This he has refused to do. -Henry Waxman

Well, I wasn't going to tell anyone, but I've been seeing this really sweet guy for the past few weeks. -Amber Frey

We have become aware of the responsibility for our attitude towards the dark pages in our history. We have understood that bad service is done to the nation by those who are impelling to renounce that past. -Aleksander Kwasniewski

A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past. -Fidel Castro

Peace, so elusive in the past many decades, now finally prevails all over the country. -Hun Sen

The lessons of the past should steer us towards ensuring lasting legacies for generations yet to be born. -Hun Sen

In the past 20 years and more since China embarked on the road of reform and opening up, we have moved steadfastly to promote political restructuring and vigorously build democratic politics under socialism. -Hu Jintao

Did you know that the word 'tsunami,' which is now being used worldwide, is a Japanese word? This is indicative of the extent to which Japan has been subject to frequent tsunami disasters in the past. -Junichiro Koizumi

That past is still within our living memory, a time when neighbour helped neighbour, sharing what little they had out of necessity, as well as decency. -Mary McAleese

Even if we encounter some shameful events in the past, we shouldn't avoid or hide them. -Roh Moo-hyun

Most people are prisoners, thinking only about the future or living in the past. They are not in the present, and the present is where everything begins. -Carlos Santana

In the past, people were born royal. Nowadays, royalty comes from what you do. -Gianni Versace

I live for the present always. I accept this risk. I don't deny the past, but it's a page to turn. -Juliette Binoche

My sisters like cooking at my place. It has a bit more room, and the food tastes a little bit better. A big pot of spaghetti and sauce, some warm French bread – works all the time. I think I've been eating pasta for 26 years. -Tom Brady

In the past, when I'd recorded during a break in a tour, it was so easy to sing, because I felt strong. Also, like so many new mothers, I wasn't getting a lot of sleep, and sleeping is such a huge part of being able to sing. -Amy Grant

I wonder how often in the past I may have missed the good in people because I pre-judged, based on the differences? -Anne Perry

The future hasn't happened yet and the past is gone. So I think the only moment we have is right here and now, and I try to make the best of those moments, the moments that I'm in. -Annie Lennox

I believe in past lives but I know nothing about mine and I don't want to know. I live in the present, taking one day at a time. -Uri Geller

There are people who have benefited from therapy without being confronted with the past at all. -Alice Miller

I wear my Peggy Fleming T-shirt when I go to sleep every night before I compete, and for the past four years, it's brought me incredible good luck. -Sarah Hughes

In the past, I'd sort of know before Ozzy sang something, what he was going to sing. I'd know what sort of way a melody was going to go 'cause of the way he'd approach it. -Tony Iommi

This bloody past suggests to us that enemies cease hostilities only when they are battered enough to acknowledge that there is no hope in victory – and thus that further resistance means only useless sacrifice. -Victor Davis Hanson

The only thing to prevent what's past is to put a stop to it before it happens. -Boyle Roche

Very few fighters get the consideration of racehorses, which are put out to pasture to grow old with dignity and comfort when they haven't got it anymore. -Budd Schulberg

I refuse to be held responsible for bringing back a wave of pasty-faced people into the world. -Brian Molko

Life is made up of a series of judgments on insufficient data, and if we waited to run down all our doubts, it would flow past us. -Learned Hand

I pastor a very large church in western Australia. We have about – over 2,000 people, which we have a Bible school, community services, a lot of things linked with it. So my life's very full today. Not enough days in the week. -Margaret Smith Court

I haven't collected memorabilia. I am not a person who lives in the past. -Yvonne Craig

The steady expansion of welfare programs can be taken as a measure of the steady disintegration of the Negro family structure over the past generation in the United States. -Daniel Patrick Moynihan

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it without a sense of ironic futility. -Errol Morris

The past history of our globe must be explained by what can be seen to be happening now. No powers are to be employed that are not natural to the globe, no action to be admitted except those of which we know the principle. -James Hutton

Arbor Day is not like other holidays. Each of those reposes on the past, while Arbor Day proposes for the future. -Julius Sterling Morton

Yet consider now, whether women are not quite past sense and reason, when they want to rule over men. -John Calvin

Personally, I do not believe that we shall have greater armaments in the future than we have had in the past. On the contrary, I believe there will be a gradual diminution in this respect. -William Watson

An expert is someone who knows a lot about the past. -Tom Hopkins

She became so important to them that they wondered how they had ever managed without her in the past. And the longer she stayed with them the more indispensable she became, so indispensable in fact that their one fear was that she might some day move on. -Michael Ende

The ball whizzes past like a bumblebee and the Indians are in the sea. -Navjot Singh Sidhu

Eight minutes past the hour here in Belgium – and presumably eight minutes past the hour everywhere in the world. -Murray Walker

Schumacher wouldn't have let him past voluntarily. Of course he did it voluntarily, but he had to do it. -Murray Walker

That's history. I say history because it happened in the past. -Murray Walker

During my life I have seen, known, and lost too much to be the prey of vain dread; and, as for the hope of immortality, I am as weary of that as I am of gods and kings. For my own sake only I write this; and herein I differ from all other writers, past and to come. -Mika Waltari

Let love flow so that it cleanses the world. Then man can live in peace, instead of the state of turmoil he has created through his past ways of life, with all those material interests and earthly ambitions. -Sai Baba

What matters is to live in the present, live now, for every moment is now. It is your thoughts and acts of the moment that create your future. The outline of your future path already exists, for you created its pattern by your past. -Sai Baba

Ah, tell me not that memory sheds gladness o'er the past, what is recalled by faded flowers, save that they did not last? -Letitia Elizabeth Landon

You do your work as a photographer and everything becomes past. Words are more like thoughts; the photographer's picture is always surrounded by a kind of romantic glamor – no matter what you do, and how you twist it. -Robert Frank

We truly have an ancient part of the brain that was about survival when we were prey but we seem to have gone past prey. We eat everything and nothing eats us. -Nick Nolte

The moment that I realized my name was going to be said in the same sentence as children and sex, that's really intense. That's something I knew from that very moment, whatever happens past that point, something's out there in the air that is really bad. -Paul Reubens

You have reckoned that history ought to judge the past and to instruct the contemporary world as to the future. The present attempt does not yield to that high office. It will merely tell how it really was. -Leopold Von Ranke

I don't really believe in regret. I think you can always learn from the past, but I wouldn't want a different life. -Molly Ringwald

I wouldn't know any newer bands. We're past the pimple stage. -Angus Young

My past is my wisdom to use today… my future is my wisdom yet to experience. Be in the present because that is where life resides. -Gene Oliver

The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future. -Stephen Ambrose

It's in the act of having to do things that you don't want to that you learn something about moving past the self. Past the ego. -bell hooks

Musicians are probably the most uncomfortable people in themselves in the world. Happiness, I think, only exists when you're a child and once you go past 11, unfortunately it's gone. -Andrea Corr

My works are an imitation of my own past and present. -Barbara Hepworth

Whatever I do, I attempt to do it fully. I try, and don't always succeed, to be thorough. There are musicians who do not know their worth, and if they knew it at one time, it has eluded them. I know my worth. You try not to dwell in the past. -Bill Dixon

For the past 32 years, I've done nothing outside the entertainment business. I've had some real highs and some real lows, but I love the work so much that I never once thought of quitting. -Meat Loaf

As long as there's pasta and Chinese food in the world, I'm okay. -Michael Chang

Writing and singing does give me some kind of release from the demons of my past, it is a therapy of sorts, but to be honest, my marriage played a more important role in the acceptance of myself than performance has ever done. -Michelle Shocked

I think when you move past your fear and you go after your dreams wholeheartedly, you become free. -LL Cool J

Redeem thy misspent time that's past, And live this day as if thy last. -Thomas Ken

There are too many leaders anointed because they have a public voice – television, radio, or record, or whatever. That even includes myself. In the past, I'd say, 'Don't anoint me when you can anoint yourself.' -Chuck D

Joys too exquisite to last, And yet more exquisite when past. -James Montgomery

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

I've been doing this 17 years but I can tell you I have more websites now than I have ever had devoted to me or my past career or my character. When I got this show, I think I had two fans out there that had created websites on my behalf. -Robert Patrick

I never answer if someone knocks on my door and only the band and my manager have my phone number. In any case my phone doesn't ring so I never notice it. I occasionally just walk past and pick it up to see if anyone's there. -Robert Smith

Look to the past and remember no empire rises that sooner or later won't fall. -Al Stewart

Don't trust anyone who has been in school for the past 24 consecutive years. -Craig Bruce

Countries under foreign command quickly forget their history, their past, their tradition, their national symbols, their way of living, often their own literary language. -Slobodan Milosevic

It should be clear to all, after the past ten years, that NATO isn't attacking Serbia because of Milosevic; it is attacking Milosevic because of Serbia. -Slobodan Milosevic

My mission is a cosmic mission. My concern is for all of humanity, and not only this present world, but the world hereafter. My mission penetrates the past, present, and future, and encompasses all humanity. -Sun Myung Moon

Lord, dismiss us with Thy blessing, Thanks for mercies past received. -John Sheffield

I think I've done more recording in the past 10 years than most people, but it's all been directed toward film composing and soundtracks. Just the same, it's been great. -Stanley Clarke

We can choose between the future and the past, between reason and ignorance, between true compassion and mere ideology. -Ron Reagan

What happened in the past is just that, the past. Champion or not. -Steve Nash

It takes leadership to improve safety. And I started off the movement in my time, but the person who has done more over the past 20 to 30 years and who has led it is Professor Sid Watkins. -Jackie Stewart

I don't think there is a national pasttime. Watching TV is a national pasttime. Really. If there is a national pasttime, it is watching TV. -Michael Lewis

But all lost things are in the angels' keeping, Love; No past is dead for us, but only sleeping, Love; The years of Heaven with all earth's little pain Make Good Together there we can begin again, In babyhood. -Helen Hunt Jackson

Our government leaders… have made many mistakes in the past when they have lost sight of the sacred American values rooted in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. We are at the brink of even graver mistakes and assaults on these values. -Samuel Dash

We, who are the living, possess the past. Tomorrow is for our martyrs. -James L. Farmer, Jr.

You know, songs often have a very coloured past. They might have something about them but it still doesn't work, so someone else adds a bit, and someone else adds a bit so perhaps one day I'll know its full history. -Kylie Minogue

I have said this in the past and I will continue to repeat it as long as I live: Whoever tries to hurt our national unity is my enemy until the day of judgement. -Hussein of Jordan

That past which is so presumptuously brought forward as a precedent for the present, was itself founded on some past that went before it. -Madame de Stael

If the past has been an obstacle and a burden, knowledge of the past is the safest and the surest emancipation. -John Dalberg-Acton

I am a fighter. I believe in that which is right, and the truth is, I have been the Lone Ranger for the past thirty years and I will not give up the fight. I love my public and I'll fight for you. I'll continue to make personal appearances for my thousands of fans. -Clayton Moore

Lefty Grove could throw a lamb chop past a wolf. -Arthur Baer

We just want to win. That's the bottom line. I think a lot of times people may become content with one championship or a little bit of success, but we don't really reflect on what we've done in the past. We focus on the present. -Derek Jeter

If you live through the initial stage of fame and get past it, and remember thats not who you are. If you live past that, then you have a hope of maybe learning how to spell the word artist. -Patrick Swayze

If you can sell green toothpaste in this country, you can sell opera. -Sarah Caldwell

We are excited about the music, past and present and future, and are really looking forward to playing. -Graham Nash

One can't deny what has happened to us in the past. The secret is to enjoy and be proud of the music we've created and the people with whom we have been linked. It's all a long chain of involvement in the world, and we are proud to be yet another link in this chain. -Graham Nash

I did some pastels and I did other pieces in which there was just basically one color per square, and then they would get bigger and I could get 2 or 3 colors into the square, and ultimately I just started making oil paintings. -Chuck Close

Architects in the past have tended to concentrate their attention on the building as a static object. I believe dynamics are more important: the dynamics of people, their interaction with spaces and environmental condition. -John Portman

Each age tries to form its own conception of the past. Each age writes the history of the past anew with reference to the conditions uppermost in its own time. -Frederick Jackson Turner

The future of Conservatism lies in our beliefs and values, not by throwing them away. We need to shed associations that bind us to past failures, but hold faith with those things that make us Conservatives. -Iain Duncan Smith

I thank God tonight for freedom – those who bought and paid for it with their lives in the past – those who will protect it in the present and defend it in the future. -Jim Gibbons

Sometimes the past seems too big for the present to hold. -Chuck Palahniuk

My entire life has been an attempt to get back to the kind of feelings you have on a field. The sense of brotherhood, the esprit de corps, the focus – there being no past or future, just the ball. As trite as it sounds, I was happiest playing ball. -David Duchovny

The very desire for guarantees that our values are eternal and secure in some objective heaven is perhaps only a craving for the certainties of childhood or the absolute values of our primitive past. -Isaiah Berlin

I don't want to live on past records. -Barry Gibb

The mill cannot grind with the water that is past. -Daniel D. Palmer

Out of the past come the standards for judging the present; standards in turn to be shaped by the practice of present-day dramatists into broader standards for the next generation. -George Pierce Baker

In the past, there's always been one leader that has led the pack to development of the music. -Herbie Hancock

As president of Iraq, I shall strive to represent the diversity of a country that has too often in the past denied difference. -Jalal Talabani

The justice of our cause must be reflected in the manner in which we rectify the crimes of the past. -Jalal Talabani

Let them police themselves, and then it goes another step past them to my coaches and there a coach that is responsible for a different area and different category on the field. -Dusty Baker

The Treatise tries to analyze not only modern Western families, but also those in other cultures and the changes in family structure during the past several centuries. -Gary Becker

I think the only boundaries are individual and personal. A writer should be free to write about anything he or she wants to, including the twin towers. I have made small references to 9/11 in my past two books. -Michael Connelly

Faith is not simply a patience that passively suffers until the storm is past. Rather, it is a spirit that bears things – with resignations, yes, but above all, with blazing, serene hope. -Corazon Aquino

APL is a mistake, carried through to perfection. It is the language of the future for the programming techniques of the past: it creates a new generation of coding bums. -Edsger Dijkstra

We have been through this is biennial convulsion four or five different times over the past 10 or 12 years, and now it appears that we are going through this quiet agony all over again. -Everett Dirksen

The other inmates stand in a long straight line, flanked by guards, and I am dragged past them. I do not respect them, because they will not run – will not try to escape. -Jack Henry Abbott

Happy is the person who cherishes the precious lessons of the past and lives vigorously in the present. -Jerome Hines

Guided only by their feeling for symmetry, simplicity, and generality, and an indefinable sense of the fitness of things, creative mathematicians now, as in the past, are inspired by the art of mathematics rather than by any prospect of ultimate usefulness. -E. T. Bell

The mistakes and unresolved difficulties of the past in mathematics have always been the opportunities of its future. -E. T. Bell

America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future. -Frederick Douglass

The best prophet of the future is the past. -Lord Byron

The one thing we know today is we can't continue to do business the way we have in the past. -Bud Selig

The man in gray decided to take the Glen Suite of diamonds at midnight. Provided they were still in the apartment safe and the occupants away. This he needed to know. So he watched and he waited. At half past seven he was rewarded. -Frederick Forsyth

The ideas which now pass for brilliant innovations and advances are in fact mere revivals of ancient errors, and a further proof of the dictum that those who are ignorant of the past are condemned to repeat it. -Henry Hazlitt

There cannot be any better cross-section of America and I think the soldiers represent the best we have. Today's soldiers are brighter and smarter, perhaps in a different way, than past generations because they've been brought up in the computer and information age. -Gerald Griffin

The senior officer who met with reporters in Baghdad said there had been 21 car bombings in the capital in May, and 126 in the past 80 days. All last year, he said, there were only about 25 car bombings in Baghdad. -Rich Lowry

I'm crazy about westerns. I need to do a western once in a while. It's like you know, eating bread, eating pasta, drinking wine. It's in my blood. I need it. -Franco Nero

For the past few years, I was the more visible Asian performer, and I think it gave young girls a kind of role model showing it's possible to actually reach success doing movies. -Joan Chen

If you're looking for a deep album or you're looking for me to talk about past situations, it's not even about that. It's just 14 hot records that are gonna make you dance. -Sean Combs

Introspection and preserved writings give us far more insight into the ways of past humans than we have into the ways of past dinosaurs. For that reason, I'm optimistic that we can eventually arrive at convincing explanations for these broadest patterns of human history. -Jared Diamond

The same undisciplined government spending and social engineering that has undermined our economy over the past 30 years has also been tearing at the social fabric of this land. -Stockwell Day

Composers are always going back to the past. -Anne Dudley

I was very lucky. Things happened, both bad and good, but I never got into real, deep trouble. But it wore me down. By the time I was 18, I was done. I didn't want to live the life any more. I needed to develop past the point that busking takes you to. -Madeleine Peyroux

The belief may be too often mistaken, but the illusion of coming into direct contact with the past is intoxicating and persuasive, and can result in an interpretation that carries conviction. Sometimes confidence is all that's needed. -Charles Rosen

I was walking along and this chair came flying past me, and another, and another, and I thought, man, is this gonna be a good night. -Liam Gallagher

But how carve way i' the life that lies before, If bent on groaning ever for the past? -Robert Browning

There is no teacher, living or past, who can give us the actual understanding of Truth. A teacher can only put our feet upon the path and point the way. That is all. It is wholly dependent on the individual to make his way to Truth. -Paul Twitchell

Never mind a world that can't see past brutality. -Ric Ocasek

Everywhere across whatever sorrows of which our life is woven, some radiant joy will gaily flash past. -Nikolai Gogol

My thoughts will be taken up with the future or the past, with what is to come or what has been. Of the present there is necessarily no image. -William Godwin

I love New York City. Everyone is busy with their own lives – and no one is interested in some Hollywood celebrity walking past in downtown Manhattan. -James Van Der Beek

The current state of knowledge is a moment in history, changing just as rapidly as the state of knowledge in the past has ever changed and, in many instances, more rapidly. -Jean Piaget

Most creative work is a process of people passing ideas and inspirations from the past into the future and adding their own creativity along the way. -Joichi Ito

I think that ego-driven leaders will be a thing of the past because the masses are tired. -Louis Farrakhan

I have no doubt I was someone very interesting in a past life. -Patricia Velasquez

National Standards was not a narrative of past events but was leftwing revisionism and Political Correctness. -Phyllis Schlafly

That's the past. I don't agree with retrospect. -Steve Carlton

In the past the man has been first; in the future the system must be first… The first object of any good system must be that of developing first class men. -Frederick W. Taylor

What a man has made himself he will be; his state is the result of his past life, and his heaven or hell is in himself. -Catherine Crowe

I am convinced that our movement will be more demoralized and weakened by blind and uncritical admiration than by frank admission of past mistakes. -Marie Louise

The future will be the child of the past and the present, even if a rebellious child. -George Crumb

One very important aspect of our contemporary musical culture – some might say the supremely important aspect – is its extension in the historical and geographical senses to a degree unknown in the past. -George Crumb

In reality, the past is preserved by itself automatically. -Henri Bergson

It has become much more difficult to smuggle dangerous substances across our borders over the past three years, and this is creating real problems for drug traffickers. -John Walters

We need to educate Americans about the real harms of marijuana if we want to sustain the gains we've made over the past three years. -John Walters

Education in the past has been too much inspiration and too little information. -E. Franklin Frazier

Creation is not taking place now, so far as can be observed. Therefore, it was accomplished sometime in the past, if at all, and thus is inaccessible to the scientific method. -Henry M. Morris

Kerry is an adult – he thinks things through. He learns from the present as well as the past. To George Bush, thinking things through is for sissies. -Richard Dreyfuss

I was at sea the other day and loads of meat floated past. It was a bit choppy. -Tim Vine

When I'm writing a novel, I'm dealing with a double life. I live in the present at the same time that I live in the past with my characters. It is this that makes a novelist so eccentric and unpleasant. -John Phillips Marquand

I say that I can't make anything up. I think of myself as a collage artist. I'm cutting and pasting memories of my life. And I say, I have to live a life in order to tell a life. I would prefer to tell it because telling you're always in control, you're like God. -Spalding Gray

Nobody should be allowed to tinker with democracy. We will not discontinue the good works of the past government. -Manmohan Singh

Our specious present as such is very short. We do, however, experience passing events; part of the process of the passage of events is directly there in our experience, including some of the past and some of the future. -George Herbert Mead

He who has loved and who betrays love does harm not only to the image of the past, but to the past itself. -Theodor W. Adorno

The recent past always presents itself as if destroyed by catastrophes. -Theodor W. Adorno

Sometimes in the past when I was going to perform a piece again I would listen to old recordings and try to reproduce the material. This time I realized that carrying around old information, trying to get everything in, and still be in the moment just doesn't work. -Meredith Monk

That got me thinking. Bon Jovi kills in Jersey. Just kills. We did Atlantic City this past winter and man, you wouldn't believe the intensity in that crowd. Can I just talk for a minute about how amazingly hot Heather is? -Richie Sambora

See, what you're meant to do when you have a mid-life crisis is buy a fast car, aren't you? Well, I've always had fast cars. It's not that. It's the fear that you're past your best. It's the fear that the stuff you've done in the past is your best work. -Robbie Coltrane

My dad? He died when I was 19, which is a bad time for your dad to die, because there's an awful lot of things you have to resolve with your parents past your teens if you've been a difficult teenager. -Robbie Coltrane

I'm absolutely strict about it. When I land, I put my watch right, and I don't care what I feel like, I will go to bed at half past eleven. If that means going to bed early or late, that's what I live by. As soon as you get there, live by that time. -David Attenborough

The Federal prison population has increased more than 7-fold over the past 20 years. -Bobby Scott

I understand the harsh feelings and sentiments from my opponents and their supporters because I myself have been defeated twice in my political life in the past and I understand very well it is hard to accept your own failure. -Chen Shui-bian

I have spent the past ten years in just about every war zone there was. -Christiane Amanpour

Although I like the work I've done in the past, I like what I'm writing now even more. -Cynthia Weil

I teach metaphysics and pastor a church. -Della Reese

The Nobel Prize, so long regarded in our science as the highest reward a man's work can earn, must bring to its recipient a most solemn sense of his debt to his fellow scientists and those of the past. -Edward M. Purcell

For us, Marxism is always open because there are always new xperiences, there are always new facts, including facts about the past, which have to be incorporated in the corpus of scientific socialism. -Ernest Mandel

I am fascinated with times past. -Frank Darabont

I just think that some version of the past in our culture is going to rise up and become dominant. -Peter Davison

It is a way we reassess our past. We can do that in poetry in ways we can't do in prose. -Peter Davison

Cinema has only been around for about 100 years. Has all of the world's violence towards women taken place only within the past 100 years? -Richard King

In the past, there has always been so much pressure about carrying a show and promoting a record. -Richard Marx

But it's funny that now I'm in such a happy situation, I look more objectively at my own past and see what others have seen for a long time and I'm just so glad I've been able to get to this point. -Rick Allen

Mexican immigration poses challenges to our policies and to our identity in a way nothing else has in the past. -Samuel P. Huntington

You know, they just don't make big movie stars the way they used to, maybe because the system has changed, the studio system, but it's sad to see people like Jimmy Stewart go, all the giants of the past. -Tom Atkins

There was a lot of Southern Baptist preachers and some yelling ones but mostly we had a pastor who didn't scream and I found a lot of comfort and joy and peace as a child hearing the Bible. -Victoria Jackson

We remained at our encampment of this day until the morning of the 7th, when we descended ten miles lower down and encamped on a spot of ground where several thousand Indians had wintered during the past season. -William Henry Ashley

The dark shadow we seem to see in the distance is not really a mountain ahead, but the shadow of the mountain behind – a shadow from the past thrown forward into our future. It is a dark sludge of historical sectarianism. We can leave it behind us if we wish. -David Trimble

Like most musicians, I'm good at becoming immersed in the music that I am currently working on. We seldom lift up our heads to contemplate even the music we will be doing in the future, let alone what we've done in the past. -Tony Levin

The book begins and ends with the visits to give the impression of a tunnel into their ancestors and family history. I believe in going backwards into the past – I felt I was digging a tunnel back to the past. -Anita Desai

India is a curious place that still preserves the past, religions, and its history. No matter how modern India becomes, it is still very much an old country. -Anita Desai

We not only heard it before 20 years ago, before George Bush in 2001 passed his tax relief, before in 2003 the tax relief were past, we were told they were dead. Before we provided prescription drugs for Medicare, we were told it wasn't going to happen. -Ken Mehlman

I've always had a show that went seven episodes or 13 episodes or whatever. And I've never had a show that's gone past a first season. It really is a lot of work. -Leah Remini

All comparisons between America's current place in the world and anything legitimately called an empire in the past reveal ignorance and confusion about any reasonable meaning of the concept empire, especially the comparison with the Roman Empire. -Donald Kagan

I was at my best at a little past forty, when I was a professor at Oxford. -G. H. Hardy

My life is not just about the past. -Jeannette Walls

Over the past two decades, we have clearly seen an erosion of ethical values. -Arthur Levitt

In view of our public pledges, we public officials can never again go before the public merely promising election reform. The time for promises is past. -Charles Edison

Adolescence as the time when an individual 'recapitulates' the savage stage of the race's past. -G. Stanley Hall

The committee's work is not about whether or how we should pay reparations. That was never the intent nor will the payment of reparations be the outcome. This is an effort designed to involve the campus community in a discovery of the meaning of our past. -Ruth J. Simmons

Anyone that has come to America past the age of eighteen will be able to understand when I say that you can never shake your accent. -Martin Yan

During the past 30 years, European governments have provided more than $15 billion in the form of low- and no-cost loans to Airbus for the specific purpose of developing new aircraft lines. -Norm Dicks

I'm not an historian but I can get interested – obsessively interested – with any aspect of the past, whether it's palaeontology or archaeology or the very recent past. -Penelope Lively

The Photograph is concerned with the power that the past has to interfere with the present: the time bomb in the cupboard. -Penelope Lively

We all need a past – that's where our sense of identity comes from. -Penelope Lively

Equally, we require a collective past – hence the endless reinterpretations of history, frequently to suit the perceptions of the present. -Penelope Lively

The present hardly exists, after all-it becomes the past even as it happens. A tricky medium, time – and central to the concerns of fiction. -Penelope Lively

For too long, decisions have been taken behind closed doors – tablets of stone have simply been past down to people without bothering to involve people, listen to their views or give them information about what we are doing and why. -Peter Mandelson

Given what the media have put the country through this past decade, it must come as a surprise to most Americans that the press has a code of ethics. -Roger Mudd

And I have been campaigning for the past three months trying to get the Senate Judiciary Committee that has the oversight authority and responsibility to start its own public hearings. -Sibel Edmonds

The day is past when schools could afford to give sufficient time and attention to the teaching of the ancient languages to enable the student to get that enjoyment out of classical literature that made the lives of our grandfathers so rich. -James Loeb

The director's who want to be innovative use the DVD as a tool to see what people have done in the past and you have other people who will actually take from better directors and that makes them better directors. -Jerry Bruckheimer

I have been determined for the past couple of years to move away from all those Holiday programmes. -Jill Dando

As for the historical inspirations I drew on in writing The Snow Queen, I suppose I would call them more cross-cultural inspirations, though they frequently involve past societies as well as present day ones. -Joan D. Vinge

A dead cow or sheep lying in a pasture is recognized as carrion. The same sort of a carcass dressed and hung up in a butcher's stall passes as food. -John Harvey Kellogg

I go farther, and say, that it is plainly our duty to desire pastors and teachers to take the care of such congregations, and that God did raise up such in the church as we see it in the word. -John Nelson Darby

I can't live off of yesterday – that's in the past. -Juice Newton

Because usually in the past when I was in a big band, that was all I did. -Kathy Valentine

For 24 hours a day, for 10 years, all I thought about was being in a band. That's all I did. I had no other social life. I don't want my life to be like that now. I've spent the past 10 years having a real life as well. But Spandau Ballet is such a difficult shadow to outrun. -Gary Kemp

I wanted to get away from my past and everything connected with it. -Georg Solti

My employer was never at any time aware of anything in my past beyond the writing I did, because, frankly, it isn't relevant to the job I was asked to do, which was to be a reporter. -Jeff Gannon

And I'm hoping that fair-minded people will stand up and say that what's been done to me is wrong, and that-that people's personal lives have no impact on their ability to be a journalist, you know. Why should my past prevent me from having a future? -Jeff Gannon

It is pretty clear that they are ineffective in stopping the course of thought at present, but they have not always been so in the past and we cannot be sure that they will not be so in the future. -John Desmond Bernal

I've always loved words. I ate up all the books I could get my hands on, and when I couldn't get books, I read candy wrappers and labels on cereal and toothpaste boxes. -Judy Holliday

I am not a member of any organization listed by the Attorney General as subversive. In any instance where I lent my name in the past, it was certainly without knowledge that such an organization was subversive. I have always been essentially and foremost an American. -Judy Holliday

Well, I think we still have to verify whatever declaration we will get and make sure that it is comprehensive and accurate. So, that would take care of the past activities. -Mohamed ElBaradei

We should not forget, no matter how we quantify it: 'Freedom is not free.' It is a painful lesson, but one from which we have learned in the past and one we should never forget. -Paul Gillmor

For the past seven years we have been cracking down on crime in Missouri, passing tougher laws for drug crimes and sex offenses and requiring prisoners to serve more time. -Mel Carnahan

What I find interesting about folklore is the dialogue it gives us with storytellers from centuries past. -Terri Windling

The past has infinite value if one learns from it. -Ken Hensley

To establish yourself as a leading man, you're shooting for the smallest point on the target, and you get a lot of judgment thrown at you. It takes a lot for them to get past everything and just watch your art and what you're doing. -Josh Holloway

It's hard to avoid the past but one goes forward. -Andy Summers

I don't have a great nostalgia for the past. -Andy Summers

In the past, on Earth, it has largely been to exploit foreign resources and to expand the domestic territory. -Barney Oliver

No doubt Western civilization has in the past been full of wars and revolutions, and the national elements in our culture, even when they were ignored, always provided an unconscious driving force of passion and aggressive self-assertion. -Christopher Dawson

I think family is very important in West Virginia and has long been so because the mountains made travel difficult in the past, and family members had to depend on each other. -David Selby

We must admit that history is enjoyable to a large extent because it enables us to pass judgement on the past. -Douglas Hurd

There are thus great swathes of the past where understanding is more important and reputable than judgement, because the principal actors performed in line with the ideas and values of that time, not of ours. -Douglas Hurd

In fact, the history of North America has been perhaps more profoundly influenced by man's inheritance from his past homes than by the physical features of his present home. -Ellsworth Huntington

Today, no less than in the past, the tetrahedral form of the earth and the relation of the tetrahedron to the poles and to the equator preserve the conditions that favor rapid evolution. -Ellsworth Huntington

While women certainly have made great strides toward pay parity in the past 30 years, there is still a gap in earnings between men and women in equivalent professions. -Ginny Brown-Waite

Baseball has long been a national pastime that many Americans have cherished. -Jim Sensenbrenner

Of history, how little do we know by personal contact; we have lived a few years, seen a few men, witnessed some important events; but what are these in the whole sum of the world's past. -Matthew Simpson

We know the past and its great events, the present in its multitudinous complications, chiefly through faith in the testimony of others. -Matthew Simpson

Man wants to be reconciled to God; wants to know that the past is forgiven. -Matthew Simpson

On the contrary, if they are treated with justice and humanity, proper example and the advantages of education given them, the coming years will be as bright and prosperous to the unfortunate race as the past has been dark and painful. -Nelson A. Miles

Whether or not our system of Indian management has been a success during the past ten, fifty, or hundred years is almost answered in the asking. -Nelson A. Miles

I've written more songs for this record than I ever have in the past so I'm trying to give it a lot of special attention to be sure my ideas really get translated right. -Suzy Bogguss

Despite the increase in world attention toward Sudan in the past months, the genocide in Darfur has continued without any serious attempt by the Sudanese government to do what governments primarily exist to do, protect their citizens. -Tom Allen

The segregated schools of today are arguably no more equal than the segregated schools of the past. -Ed Markey

We must not try to force him to take civilization immediately in its complete form, but under just laws, guaranteeing to Indians equal civil laws, the Indian question, a source of such dishonor to our country and of shame to true patriots, will soon be a thing of the past. -George Crook

I'm not as focused on my acting career as I have been in the past. -Harry Hamlin

It was all men, and there I was prancing around in gowns that barely got past the censors. -Karen Morley

For this equilibrium now in sight, let us trust that mankind, as it has occurred in the greatest periods of its past, will find for itself a new code of ethics, common to all, made of tolerance, of courage, and of faith in the Spirit of men. -Albert Claude

I'm rather pleased with the new manuals. I see Inform now as a gauche young adult, having got past the stage of growing out of his shoes every few months. -Graham Nelson

At least the rap metal stuff is good, but it's not really my bag. I've been listening to the radio since we've been touring the past month, because we don't get it most of the time. -Jon Crosby

And the university's reputation will only continue to grow as stories like Elaine's are spread. Delaware State University's motto 'a past to honor, a future to insure,' couldn't be any more fitting for this transitional period you are going through. -Michael N. Castle

Bobby and I have been to various reunions of Our Gang. We've been to like three or four reunions over the past 15 years or so. We were at one in Palm Springs, California. -Tommy Bond

I was really stuck in the whole Farah Fawcett hairdo long after it was past being in fashion. -Cindy Margolis

I believe that I was a dog in a past life. That's the only thing that would explain why I like to snack on Purina Dog Chow. -Dean Koontz

I've got a long list of books I wish I'd never written-and I've kept them all out of print for the past 20 years. -Dean Koontz

I'm a lot easier to work with now than I have been in the past, for sure. -Maynard James Keenan

All my friends from my past would know me as Scott Diggs. -Taye Diggs

What you don't want to do is to hang on to the aging superstar past his prime and take resources away you can otherwise use to build a better overall team. -Tom Hicks

In times of war, it is often best to look to our history to see how past generations of Americans dealt with the loss of their countrymen in just causes. -Virginia Foxx

I wanted to make connections between Whale's past and present. -Bill Condon

I've devoted a lot of my time and effort during the past few years to developing my advertising copywriting business to the point of where I can support my family and don't have to depend on writing fiction for my income. -Stephen R. George

We saw hundreds of programs to redevelop the central city, the neighborhoods, in the past. -Jane Byrne

We need to open up the future. We also need to keep everything valuable from the past. -John Eaton

The Cox Committee found that the Chinese military acquired many of the technologies over the past seven years, although many of them had been targeted for acquisition for more than a quarter century. -Charles Bass

Our moneyed men have ruled us for the past thirty years. Under the flag of the slaveholder they hoped to destroy our liberty. -Denis Kearney

I came to New York late; I was already past 30. -Jeffrey Tambor

The sad part about our past is that religions, ironically enough, are responsible for creating the most destructive idea that has ever been visited upon the human race: the idea that there is such a thing as 'better.' -Neale Donald Walsch

France cannot be destroyed. She is an old country who, despite her misfortunes, has, and always will have, thanks to her past, a tremendous prestige in the world, whatever the fate inflicted upon her. -Pierre Laval

It is my belief that it is not the fact that he traveled as much as he did during the past few months as much as what he said and how he said it that hurt him. -Robert Teeter

We have for the past year and undoubtedly will be for the next year, dealing with an electorate that is more alienated and more cynical than at any point in modern time. -Robert Teeter

At the same time, it's a family story and more of an epic. I needed the third-person. I tried to give a sense that Cal, in writing his story, is perhaps inventing his past as much as recalling it. -Jeffrey Eugenides

My training has been going really well these past few days and my goal is to keep it up for the next few weeks and hopefully earn a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. -Sasha Cohen

The way you remember the past depends upon your hope for the future. And if what you see in your future has no hope, it has no potential, then you view the past that brought you to here as not very good. -Story Musgrave

As long as every generation rises to its challenges and stands up in defense of liberty – as Americans have done in the past and as our men and women continue to do today – our nation will remain free and strong. -Doc Hastings

You had to make an appointment to see her. But it was just a crazy spectacle, people filing past. -Eddie Campbell

Even the recognition of an individual whom we see every day is only possible as the result of an abstract idea of him formed by generalization from his appearances in the past. -James G. Frazer

I questioned her further, and eventually got to talk to her doctor. And her doctor sort of shook his head and he said, 'I have examined her for throat cancer at least 15 times in the past few years. -James Randi

Yes, romance has found it's way into my heart in the past. -Michelle Trachtenberg

I never saved my money. Whenever I worked in the past, I would spend it on my family or my husbands. -Linda Evans

When I'm not writing or tweaking my computer, I do embroidery. When I'm not plunging into the past, tweaking, or embroidering, I'm reading books about history, computers, or embroidery. -Lynn Abbey

It was not uncommon for the children to be told they were being treated this way because it was their bad karma and they must have hurt a child in a past life. -Mary Garden

In the past, so many of my records, really, have been sketches for records that never really got made. -Robert Wyatt

Through all the relationship stuff I've gone through in the past few years, I know there are fundamental differences in how men and women view sex and how they view their futures. -Aaron Eckhart

You can also make explicit certain social problems which, again, would be prejudged or not encountered at all in real life, because people have set up defenses against it. Fantasy allows you to get past defenses. -Elizabeth Moon

I am very lucky and grateful to have this living link to a past era, the violin presumably having much more history to it than the later portion that I know. -Lara St. John

The reason to split a court is for administrative purposes, and in the past there has been much debate about the liberal decisions of the Ninth Circuit and so forth; and people have wanted to get out of the Ninth Circuit for that reason. -Mike Simpson

The earlier practice of the Church had been more or less to employ in worship under the presidency of the pastor or pastors, the gifts of the congregation. -Robert Rainy

There are no pat answers – we're pushing through some new frontiers, and lessons of the past don't always apply. -Jim Barksdale

I think we're proving ourselves as we go along. The past several months our strategy has been evolutionary – making maximum advantage of our client browser, as well as our enterprise software for people who want to build Web sites. -Jim Barksdale

I want my testimony to stand on that point. But I would point out that Zona Research Inc. showed we have increased market share among business users, educational users, and government users over the past several months – and that's more recent than the IDC report. -Jim Barksdale

But even after the first week, when Hart got out of the presidential race because of the Washington Post's threat to reveal a long-term relationship Hart had apparently been having with a prominent Washington woman, the media continued to embellish my past. -Donna Rice

At the time I perceived most religious men, particularly the pastors with all their talk about love, faith and relationship, as effeminate. -Luke Ford

I think in the past I think I probably was a little too diverse, probably went from one spectrum to the complete opposite and confusing people. -Marc Almond

I think computing power is ready to do 3D justice. It was great for shooters and racing games in the past, but I didn't think it was right for strategy games. -Sid Meier

For the past couple of years I've been pretty bored with music in general… just bored with it. -Les Claypool

I've taken up golf in the past five or six years, and most of the time there aren't too many people out there that can drive a ball further than I can. -Bo Jackson

The conventional notions of art have changed, and a lot of things done today are considered works of art that would have been rejected in the past. -David Rockefeller

In the past goodness was always a collective experience. Then goodness became privatised. -Edward Bond

We've made some mistakes in this country in times past – the Korean conflict proceeding that, some say proceeding the Persian Gulf War, where we were ambiguous as to what we would do. -Fred Thompson

But I do feel a little teeny right now that I'm just about ready to start, and winter is entering. Half past autumn has arrived. -Gordon Parks

In the past I have declined to comment on my own work: because, it seems to me, a poem is what it is; because a poem is itself a definition, and to try to redefine it is to be apt to falsify it; and because the author is the person least able to consider his work objectively. -James Schuyler

By this time it was past six, and the enemy's van and ours were at too great a distance to engage, I perceived some of their ships stretching to the northward; and I imagined they were going to form a new line. -John Byng

I think life is far too short to concentrate on your past. I rather look into the future. -Lou Reed

We have record high temperatures and record high energy prices across the country, and we've seen the dangerous effects caused by extreme temperatures in the past. -Louise Slaughter

Often when a person can't get past stress, she will turn to overeating, drinking or smoking, which can become a greater problem than the stress itself. -Marilu Henner

This enemy of peace in the world today is unlike any we have seen in the past, and our military is learning from, and building on, previous successes while carrying peace and freedom into the future. -Mark Kennedy

This fact immediately suggested a singular event – that at some time in the distant past the universe began expanding from an extremely small size. To many people this inference was loaded with overtones of a supernatural event – the creation, the beginning of the universe. -Michael Behe

In the past, children learned their values at home, reinforced by organizations such as the Boy Scouts and, of course, their church or synagogue, but in all too many families that is no longer the case. -Paul Weyrich

What I've said in the past is that I want the Labour Party to approach this matter on the basis of unity. -Ron Davies

I just got Kill Bill: Vol. 2. I've watched it like eight times in the past two months. I just love the scene at the end between David Carradine and Uma Thurman. -Shawn Ashmore

And my generation in Brazil was influenced by Cinema Novo. So we're echoing what's been done way in the past. -Walter Salles

The past becomes a texture, an ambience to our present. -Paul Scott

I could have done a hundred songs, really. It was hard to narrow them down, because I tried to pick songs for the most part that actually did have some effect on me or influenced me in the past. -Alan Jackson

There is no justifiable prediction about how the hypothesis will hold up in the future; its degree of corroboration simply is a historical statement describing how severely the hypothesis has been tested in the past. -Robert Nozick

What hadn't been realized in the literature until now is that merely to describe how severely something has been tested in the past itself embodies inductive assumptions, even as a statement about the past. -Robert Nozick

It's just different discipline, just doing the voice over. I guess I've done about 5 or 6 audio books in the past and I do the animated voice for a show called Fatherhood on Nickelodeon. -Blair Underwood

I've had a pilot every single year that didn't sell for the past four years, that'll smack you in the back of the head. I had a really good one last year; I wouldn't have done the play in New York if I had gotten that one. -Bob Saget

Crawford washed her hands a lot. She washed her arms all the way up past her elbows. She just couldn't get enough done in that direction. She was compulsive about being clean, clean, clean! -Fay Wray

I always think that I love doing what I'm doing at the moment. The past is over. I can't go play one of those characters again. But I can play this and I can continue to grow in what I'm doing at the moment and that's really what I'm thinking about now. -Gavin MacLeod

All that is noble in the world's past history, and especially the minds of the great and the good, are never lost. -James Martineau

Hurricane Katrina this past week was certainly the worst episode in what has become an all-too-familiar and tragic cycle, and our nation is now faced with a set of unprecedented challenges. -Jo Bonner

Real freedom is creative, proactive, and will take me into new territories. I am not free if my freedom is predicated on reacting to my past. -Kenny Loggins

I am not as scared about people tearing this one up as I would have been in the past because of the basis in 'knowing' this one has. There are people out there that are hungry for this. -Kenny Loggins

J has told me about his past. I know what happened and why. But he is the one person who made me believe in my talent and whatever happened in the past, he's been a wonderful manager to me. -LaToya Jackson

I'll never stop dreaming that one day we can be a real family, together, all of us laughing and talking, loving and understanding, not looking at the past but only to the future. -LaToya Jackson

When a finished work of 20th century sculpture is placed in an 18th century garden, it is absorbed by the ideal representation of the past, thus reinforcing political and social values that are no longer with us. -Robert Smithson

The museums and parks are graveyards above the ground- congealed memories of the past that act as a pretext for reality. -Robert Smithson

Instead of causing us to remember the past like the old monuments, the new monuments seem to cause us to forget the future. -Robert Smithson

The pastor of a parish will typically have no education in the chant or in music, and he will hire the first music director who walks through the door. -Richard Morris

I was always attracted to the past as a kid. -Stanley Tucci

We all know, the ones who play golf, know what a wonderful game it is and what a great past-time it is. -Bernhard Langer

We had prepared, my staff had prepared for me a whole dossier on virtually – on George Bush on his votes on his records, what he had done over the past number of years in public service. -Geraldine Ferraro

For the past ten years I have had no financial problems. -Gyorgy Ligeti

This sunlight linked me through the ages to that past consciousness. -Richard Jefferies

Nobody seriously believes in the social philosophies of the immediate past. -Herbert Read

Creeds and castes, and all forms of intellectual and emotional grouping, belong to the past. -Herbert Read

Life has brought me work to do on myself these past two years. -Isabelle Adjani

In the past I've had a bad injury, and then struggled when I've got back because I've been unfit. -Jamie Redknapp

I feel like I've started a new chapter in my life, and I need to leave the past behind. -Jennifer Capriati

I am only doing now what I have ever done; and ever will continue to do – that is adapting past experience to present reform in the light of high ideals and future objects. -John Burns

I have been raising money for the past 14 years for diabetes research. -John Ratzenberger

I began to feel that the drama of the truth that is in the moment and in the past is richer and more interesting than the drama of Hollywood movies. So I began looking at documentary films. -Ken Burns

I had some wonderful dreaming meetings. I can't tell you specifically what they've been in the recent months. In the past they've been verbal kinds of messages that he needed to give me. Now they're more dreams of his presence. -Judy Collins

Typically what happens is, somebody drags an idea from the past that worked in an old set of logics that they try to apply to the new one. And it doesn't work. -Michael Nesmith

Yeah, and I went straight into a fantasy world. Just stepped straight into the abyss. You know, I was gone and kids used to walk past my front room, cause I lived on the green. -Eric Clapton

At the beginning of the nineteenth century we abandoned tradition, it's at that point that I intend to renew it because the present is built on the past just as the past was built on the times that went before it. -Adolf Loos

The past nine years in San Diego have represented such a period of questioning. -Brian Ferneyhough

It is going to be an experiment of how it works, and I see I have all reasons to believe that it will work fine. But it's a short time. And we also have pushed the envelope here a little beyond what has been done in the past. -Claude Nicollier

The present and the past coexist, but the past shouldn't be in flashback. -Alain Resnais

One of the things I've really gotten past in the last couple of years is the idea of being made uncomfortable by the way things appear, rather than how things are. Clearly in this business you have to contend with a lot of that. -Aimee Mann

If we should be blessed by some great reward, such as fame or fortune, it's the fruit of a seed planted by us in the past. -Bodhidharma

Congress has changed the Social Security system over time, and over 20 times in the past Congress has raised taxes on Social Security in payroll taxes into the system. -Chris Chocola

It is not because I do not love my adopted land – it is the natural feeling of one far from home, who remembers those happy, carefree days when life flowed at full tide, without responsibility, flashing past one like the drama in a fascinating story of adventure and romance. -Erich von Stroheim

If I speak of Vienna it must be in the past tense, as a man speaks of a woman he has loved and who is dead. -Erich von Stroheim

If coming events are said to cast their shadows before, past events cannot fall to leave their impress behind them. -Helena Blavatsky

Our educational system is like an automobile which has strong rear lights, brightly illuminating the past. But looking forward things are barely discernible. -Hermann Oberth

The way that organizations and organisms anticipate the future is by taking signals from the past, most the time. -Kevin Kelly

The hardships that I encountered in the past will help me succeed in the future. -Philip Emeagwali

The wool of a thousand sheep in good pasture at the least ought to yield fifty marks a year, the wool of two thousand one hundred marks, and so forth, counting by thousands. -Robert Grosseteste

In the past, people worked together only when some great disaster threatened. -Walter Ulbricht

I don't like to dwell on the past. -Tina Turner

My list of basic tools is a partial answer to the question about what has changed: Over the past few years, large numbers of programmers have come to depend on elaborate tools to interface code with systems facilities. -Bjarne Stroustrup

Against the State, against the Church, against the silence of the medical profession, against the whole machinery of dead institutions of the past, the woman of today arises. -Margaret Sanger

Little things in my past that I really thought were over and done with were still elements of the puzzle that weren't pieced together, and so she helped me do that. -Marie Osmond

We have to be willing to give up all the injustices of the past that did exist – and that do exist right now. When we become interested in liberation, we then become interested in that which transcends time. -Andrew Cohen

If I were to name my favorite pastime, I'd have to say talking about myself. I love it and I think most other people do too. We need, people like us, more listeners and less talkers. -Hedy Lamarr

My life is every moment of my life. It is not a culmination of the past. -Hugh Leonard

I like to have Chinese furniture in my home as a constant and painful reminder of how much has been destroyed in China. The contrast between the beauty of the past and the ugliness of the modern is nowhere sharper than in China. -Jung Chang

I think because of their terrible past, particularly this century, the Chinese have come to accept cruelty more than many other people, which is something I feel very unhappy about. -Jung Chang

The only problem in the past has been my kids. I'd want to bring them to London with me, but they are at an important stage in high school. -Mimi Rogers

Time perspective is one of the most powerful influences on all of human behavior. We're trying to show how people become biased to being exclusively past-, present- or future-oriented. -Philip Zimbardo

What happens when good people are put into an evil place? Do they triumph or does the situation dominate their past history and morality? -Philip Zimbardo

I think there's an anxiety in life where we automatically tend to look to the next thing or we're complaining about the past. Worrying is not going to make it happen or not happen. -Sherilyn Fenn

The cloud that descended on Black Rock on Monday was not for the past but the future. How much will this debacle chill the pursuit of other risky investigations? -Tina Brown

I see myself as a true modernist. Even when I do a traditional gown, I give it a modern twist. I go to the past for research. I need to know what came before so I can break the rules. -Vera Wang

There have been a lot of changes in recruit training in the past twenty years. -R. Lee Ermey

I firmly believe that you live and learn, and if you don't learn from past mistakes, then you need to be drug out and shot. -R. Lee Ermey

But most of what I've learned about acting – and a lot of what I've learned about life in the past seven years – was taught to me by Robert Altman. -Shelley Duvall

Many French directors, having now realised there was no more real criticism, that the standards of the past have gone, are very offended about the quality of film criticism. -Wim Wenders

A lot of young poets today, from what I've heard and experienced, can't get their heads past George W. Bush, and I've heard so many poems about this democracy and this era of politics that I'm kind of bored by it. -Amber Tamblyn

Furthermore, there is no good ethical or economic reason for asking workmen and current producers to forego all economic gain in order to increase the purchasing power of all the wealth accumulated in past years. -Charles E. Wilson

I was in relationship with a guy who was much older than me – either he was past his prime and I was coming into mine. There was nothing I could do to keep his attention. -Deana Carter

The fact is that we as a party at the Republican National Committee registered 3.4 million new voters in the past two years and brought them into the political process. The president won by 3.5 million votes. -Ed Gillespie

I don't want to be disrespectful of the president of the United States, but as a political person, one of the things I appreciated about this president, in the past year especially, is he is a fantastic candidate. -Ed Gillespie

Over the past several years, I've been more in a managerial role. -Dennis Ritchie

The burden of the past is only, I think, oppressive when you've got to go on the experience of the avant garde. -Jonathan Miller

I have an almost complete disregard of precedent, and a faith in the possibility of something better. It irritates me to be told how things have always been done. I defy the tyranny of precedent. I go for anything new that might improve the past. -Clara Barton

In the past 3-4 years I've developed a habit of keeping numerous small cassette recorders in my house and in a bag with me so that I'm able to commit to tape memory song ideas on a constant basis. -Dwight Yoakam

This act demonstrates graphically a turning away the past and moving ahead. You now get to refresh your time in a friendly way by running with the watch instead of against it or away from it. -Joe Henderson

Baseball presents a living heritage, a game poised between the powerful undertow of seasons past and the hope of next day, next week, next year. -John Thorn

But baseball bounced back in the next decade to reclaim its place as the national pastime: new heroes, spirited competition, and booming prosperity gave birth to dreams of expansion, both within the major leagues and around the world. -John Thorn

More fundamentally, it is a dream that does not die with the onset of manhood: the dream is to play endlessly, past the time when you are called home for dinner, past the time of doing chores, past the time when your body betrays you past time itself. -John Thorn

Pursuing employment or climatic relief, we live in voluntary exile from our extended families and our longer past, but in an involuntary exile from ourselves and our own past. -John Thorn

The same things we've done the past couple of seasons. We've worked on the engine and clutch. We'll try and pick up the performance and consistency of the car and go back out there. -Larry Dixon

My family lives there, so I come back sometimes between shows for a couple days. I get back a couple times a year. When I was 30 to 34 I was weirded out when I came back – you know, how your past gets away from you. It's grown so much. -Matthew Sweet

So it allows me to travel, I'll be doing that and running these great rivers and doing what I've done in the past without much purpose other than for the experience. -Richard Dean Anderson

I made a big mistake with him the first day I shot. We're shooting the scene where I come back from the party, the dance, in the sleigh with Julie Christie and we turn the corner and go past the camera and the camera follows us just a little bit and we disappear. -Rod Steiger

I want to praise activists through the years. I praise those of the past as well, to have them honored. -Studs Terkel

And, in the past, it has been all too easy for legislators to load costs onto business in order to meet broader social goals. And costs for business means costs for consumers. -John Hutton

My view is that targets, properly constructed and applied across public services have been fundamental to past successes and will be an essential part of sustaining progress into the future. -John Hutton

When I had money in the past, I would always travel rather than spend it on big apartments or cars. And I still feel exactly the same way. -Robin Wright

I do resent that when you're in the most cool, powerful time of your life, which is your 40s, you're put out to pasture. I think women are so much cooler when they're older. So it's a drag that we're not allowed to age. -Rosanna Arquette

I don't linger on the fact that Dawn Fraser was a great swimmer 40 years ago. That was in the past. I did break 41 world records, but I don't live on that today. -Dawn Fraser

Too many people have been analyzing their pasts, their childhoods, their memories, their parents, and realizing that it doesn't do anything-or that it doesn't do enough. -James Hillman

It was really a pleasure to play someone who's literally pushed past her breaking point repeatedly. -Jeri Ryan

People respond when you tell them there is a great future in front of you, you can leave your past behind. -Joel Osteen

I know not why there is such a melancholy feeling attached to the remembrance of past happiness, except that we fear that the future can have nothing so bright as the past. -Julia Ward Howe

One could look over the past century and ask oneself, has the increased longevity been good, bad or indifferent? -Leon Kass

In modern Russia, you have no official, formal assessment of this past. Nobody in any Russian document has said that the policy of the Soviet government was criminal, that it was terrible. No one has ever said this. -Ryszard Kapuscinski

There is a lack of critical assessment of the past. But you have to understand that the current ruling elite is actually the old ruling elite. So they are incapable of a self-critical approach to the past. -Ryszard Kapuscinski

Look at the United States today. We have made mistakes in the past. We have had shortcomings. We shall make mistakes in the future and fall short of our own best hopes. -Henry Cabot Lodge

I can't change the past, and I don't think I would. I don't expect to be understood. I like what I've written, the stories and two novels. If I had to give up what I've written in order to be clear of this disease, I wouldn't do it. -Harold Brodkey

Denver is a city that will be far more defined by its future than its past. -John Hickenlooper

You never want to think the best things are in the past. You want to get yourself to believe that the best things are going to be in the future. -Sanford I. Weill

My dad taught me from my youngest childhood memories through these connections with Aboriginal and tribal people that you must always protect people's sacred status, regardless of the past. -Steve Irwin

Because that's just the way it is, and don't sleep on what you did before, you know, because it can… not hurt you, but you can find yourself sleeping on something that happened in the past, but you dare to progress and there is always room for progression. -Thierry Henry

By no means do I anticipate screening those who come on to campus… And I have no difficulty if a bishop across the country or some local pastor may say that's not Catholic teaching – that's fine. -William P. Leahy

But in the past, US companies have been able to increase their profits through downsizing in the US, through colonizing other people's resources, and through the increase of globalization. -David Korten

I'm sad to report that in the past few years, ever since uncertainty became our insistent 21st century companion, leadership has taken a great leap backwards to the familiar territory of command and control. -Margaret J. Wheatley

In the past, it was easier to believe in my own effectiveness. If I worked hard, with good colleagues and good ideas, we could make a difference. But now, I sincerely doubt that. -Margaret J. Wheatley

The fancy term for what America has squandered in the past year and a half or so is legitimacy. -Todd Gitlin

But with 9/11, we found that people tended to come back to the networks and the people who had been our core viewers in the past came back and they have stayed with us. -Bob Schieffer

Now is the time for the U.S. and the nations of Western Europe who engaged in the slave trade throughout this hemisphere to come forward in a positive way to assist in undoing the harm that was caused by their past colonial policies in the hemisphere. -Charles B. Rangel

Success follows those adept at preserving the substance of the past by clothing it in the forms of the future. -Dee Hock

When I left prison, I had to figure out how to embrace my past. -Fernando Flores

I do like to drive fast and I have gotten pulled over in the past. I use my skills to get out of tickets. -Josie Maran

Living in the past is a Jethro Tull album, not a smart poker strategy. -Richard Roeper

The sediments of the past are many miles in collective thickness: yet the feeble silt of the rivers built them all from base to summit. -John Joly

So I've learned in the past, if a company approaches me and they want something like this, or something like that that I've done and I turn them down, they're going to do it anyhow. -Danny Elfman

I often lay on that bench looking up into the tree, past the trunk and up into the branches. It was particularly fine at night with the stars above the tree. -Georgia O'Keeffe

Over the past several years, all of us as Canadians, and as members of the North American cultural and economic environment, have been to a greater or lesser extent party to a significant attitudinal change towards our culture. -Alex Campbell

Over the past few years, many of us have increasingly begun to question the direction and meaning of our society as it has developed over the past several centuries. -Alex Campbell

Even with, or perhaps, because of, this background, I have over the past few years sensed a very dramatic change in attitude on the part of Prince Edward Islanders towards the on-going rush for so-called modernization. -Alex Campbell

You know the puritan ethic that started out four centuries ago in this country, needless to say – at least for the moment – a thing of the past – from what I can tell. -James Young

Most Americans have some experience with nursing homes or other long term care settings, and nearly half have had a family member or close friend in a home in the past three years. -Michael C. Burgess

My pastor said, Just because you were a celebrity doesn't mean you're supposed to be a celebrity now. -Willie Aames

I have spent much of my adult life flinching with pain as I tried to pull out the threads that bound the shadows of my past to me. -Lorna Luft

In the past, poetry came in the form of spells and chants used to effect change. -John Barton

The past is still visible. The buildings haven't changed, the layout of the streets hasn't changed. So memory is very available to me as I walk around. -Jonathan Lethem

Mutual fund managers are trapped in this rather deadly vicious circle: the more successful they are, the more money flows into their mutual fund. Then, it is more difficult for them to beat the market averages or even to match their own past performance. -Ron Chernow

I think there's a tide that tends to carry historians back to the past. -Ron Chernow

For many years, our Messianic Jewish brothers and sisters have paid a great price. Other Jews have rejected them, and the Christian church would require they walk away from their traditions to fit into the Gentile culture. We must face these past wrongs. -Bill McCartney

The value of the beans for oil production, as well as for human food, has become recognized so quickly and so generally during the past year that the crop has acquired a commercial standing far in excess of its previous status. -David F. Houston

Call us the future from your past. -Fred Schneider

After voluntary exertions on the part of our people to which the history of the world furnishes no parallel, is the old root of bitterness still to remain in the ground, to sprout and bear fruit in the future as it has borne fruit in the past? -Robert Dale Owen

I love pasta with the homemade marinara sauce I had as a kid. -Bernadette Peters

To give a character life in a short space of time, it helps if you arrive on screen with a past. -Jeanne Moreau

You try to avoid the mistakes you made in the past. -Julio Iglesias

I appeared on a show with Jonathan Harris on it-the Bill Dana show-even before Lost In Space. Someone gave me a tape of it in the past year, but in all these years we hadn't remembered. -Mark Goddard

I don't have nothing to regret at all in the past, except that I might've unintentionally hurt somebody else or something. -Jimi Hendrix

I don't think American poetry has gotten any better in the past 35 years. Oddly enough, creative writing programs seem to have been good for fiction, and I would not have predicted that. -Robert Morgan

The standard formulation on remedy is that it ought to cure past violations and prevent their recurrence. That's what antitrust is all about. -Charles James

As the proud father of two teens and past Chairman to the Presidents Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, I am committed to educating parents and especially young people on ways to live a long, healthy and active life. -Lee Haney

We do as much harm holding onto programs and people past their natural life span as we do when we employ massive organizational air strikes. However, destroying comes at the end of life's cycle, not as a first response. -Margaret J. Wheatley

I do not intend to prejudge the past. -William Whitelaw

Children have in the past and continue to influence policy makers. -Carol Bellamy

How quickly we forget God's great deliverances in our lives. How easily we take for granted the miracles he performed in our past. -David Wilkerson

I think a lot of it had to do with, you know, I was always a daddy's girl. I was always wanting to please him, and I think he was pleased when he'd walk past my room and I was listening to those records. -Lee Ann Womack

And for the past 10 years I've been in a real commercial setting where people are all about numbers, they're all about that bottom line. So it's nice to step out of that and hang out with a bunch of people who play music just because they love it, as you can imagine. -Lee Ann Womack

Anybody can be very destructive in that position without at all meaning to be, and I know that I have been inadvertently destructive in the past for certain people on certain occasions. -Tobias Wolff

It's probably why I'm a short story writer. I tend to remember things in the past in narrative form, in story form, and I grew up around people who told stories all the time. -Tobias Wolff

The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows. -Martin Luther King, Jr.

When you have such a huge past, a big background as we have, you can play off that – a lot of people do. But we felt we wouldn't have a legitimate future unless we put something new together. -Andy Taylor

I don't live in the past at all; I'm always wanting to do something new. I make a point of constantly trying to forget and get things out of my mind. -Brian Eno

I believe you can remember the future as much as the past. -Meredith Brooks

Two children of same cruel parent look at one another and see in each other the image of the cruel parent or the image of their past oppressor. This is very much the case between Jew and Arab: It's a conflict between two victims. -Amos Oz

Customary though it may be to write about that institutionalized pastime as though it existed apart from the general environment, my story does not lend itself to such treatment. -Curt Flood

Yeah, I did see where the people dissing me were coming from. But, it's like, anything that happened in the past between black and white, I can't really speak on it, because I wasn't there. I don't feel like me being born the color I am makes me any less of a person. -Eminem

If Jesus Christ was who He claimed to be, and He did die on a cross at a point of time in history, then, for all history past and all history future it is relevant because that is the very focal point for forgiveness and redemption. -Josh McDowell

My past is a bit checkered. -Kid Rock

On his own okay, Bush has authorized eavesdropping on as many as a thousand people over the past three years, with some of those intercepts being purely domestic, the New York Times reported. -Margaret Carlson

Not to say that corporations are perfect today, but even grand corporations like Dupont have made immense progress in translating some of their past environmentally damaging practices into new profit opportunities. -Maurice Strong

We need what I have often called an ecological approach to the management of these resources and we do not have that now. We have the inertia of past habits, unsustainable habits. -Maurice Strong

If you go too soon, you can come unstuck with 50m left when the guys are going past you. -Michael East

So when you put the kick in and the other runners go past you, it's game over! -Michael East

Although Alchemy has now fallen into contempt, and is even considered a thing of the past, the physicain should not be influenced by such judgements. -Paracelsus

Analyses of the movie marketplace points to an interesting phenomenon: High-profile movies are continuing to do well year-to-year in the U.S. and overseas – this past summer, for example, the top 10 movies registered at the same level as in '04. -Peter Bart

We are weak, writing is difficult, but for my own sake I do not regret this journey, which has shown that Englishmen can endure hardships, help one another, and meet death with as great a fortitude as ever in the past. -Robert Falcon Scott

Too often in the past, U.S. leaders have forced Israel to pay the price for American strategic interests in the Middle East – through concessions in the peace process as well as passivity in the face of Iraqi attacks. -Ron Silver

Today, it's very tempting to create songs by cutting and pasting in the studio. -Huey Lewis

I've done Graham Norton's show three times now. He tackles taboos and subject matter that wouldn't make it past the censors in the States. -Kyle MacLachlan

The Cosby years were a major part of my life, but it is the past; I don't really concentrate on it. -Lisa Bonet

I don't know of any other creature on earth other than man that will sit in a corner and cry because of some painful experience in the past. -Pat Morita

Cheyenne Autumn was received not too successfully. I still think it was a very good movie. It was kinda Ford's apology for the way he had treated Indians in his past pictures. -Richard Widmark

No matter the bad things that happened in past time, let's try to live the best we can now. -Ziggy Marley

It's not highly intellectual material. I'm dedicating it to the pulp fiction of the past. -Bruce Boxleitner

Artistic development is a thing of the past, sadly. -David Coverdale

In the last couple of years I've been facing down a lot of the demons of the past and trying to find out, who I am, It's something I think I'll be doing for the rest of my life. -David Coverdale

I do write about people who are complex and are striving with something and can't quite get past their own stuff, which would be a proxy for myself because that's what the deal is with me. -Eric Bogosian

I would point out that the cultural advance of these people has been suppressed in the past and continues to be suppressed in the present by policies designed to keep them in ignorance. -Hideki Tojo

A society that does not correctly interpret and appreciate its past cannot understand its present fortunes and adversities and can be caught unawares in a fast changing world. -Ibrahim Babangida

Democracy opens new vistas and opportunities. We should use the opportunities it offers to correct past mistakes not to blunder anew. -Ibrahim Babangida

Even in Britain, the trade unions tell me that employment contracts have less protection than in the past. -Jacques Delors

The teacher of history's work should be, ideally, not simply a description of past cultures, but a performance of the culture in which we live and are increasingly taking our being. -William Irwin Thompson

No heirloom of humankind captures the past as do art and language. -Theodore Bikel

In the nineties I was doing those Blues Bureau records, but over the past two years, I have really gone back to my Christian roots and have been born again. -Rick Derringer

I count myself fortunate to be able to contribute to this work; and the great interest which the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has shown in my work and the recognition that it has paid to my past successes, convince me that I am not on the wrong track. -Pieter Zeeman

An astounding thing is that, almost every single week, I have met someone from my past. -Michael Aspel

We could imagine nothing pleasanter than to spend all of our lives digging for relics of the past. -Heinrich Schliemann

Our enemies are Medes and Persians, men who for centuries have lived soft and luxurious lives; we of Macedon for generations past have been trained in the hard school of danger and war. Above all, we are free men, and they are slaves. -Arrian

I am convinced that the stratigraphic method will in the future enable archaeology to throw far more light on the history of American culture than it has done in the past. -Edward Sapir

I found with this record I had to really be strong-willed, because in the past I've tended to tinker and add a thing or take a thing away, and nearly always been wrong. -Elvis Costello

Obviously the people that I admired, like the Beatles, were really into rock'n'roll, but it was already a little past rock'n'roll when I started listening and making my own choices about music. -Elvis Costello

It is curious to reflect, for example, upon the remarkable legend of the Philosopher's Stone, one of the oldest and most universal beliefs, the origin of which, however far back we penetrate into the records of the past, we do not probably trace its real source. -Frederick Soddy

To-day it appears as though it may well be altogether abolished in the future as it has to some extent been mitigated in the past by the unceasing, and as it now appears, unlimited ascent of man to knowledge, and through knowledge to physical power and dominion over Nature. -Frederick Soddy

Happy and fortunate indeed would this nation be, nay, completely blessed, if it had good prelates and pastors, and but one prince, and that prince a good one. -Giraldus Cambrensis

I discovered that the study of past philosophers is of little use unless our own reality enters into it. Our reality alone allows the thinker's questions to become comprehensible. -Karl Jaspers

The more determinedly I exist, as myself, within the conditions of the time, the more clearly I shall hear the language of the past, the nearer I shall feel the glow of its life. -Karl Jaspers

The law increasing and organizing the military establishment of the United States has been nearly carried into effect, and the Army has been extensively and usefully employed during the past season. -Martin Van Buren

In the past, I have not been able to hear myself. I play with feeling so I need to hear what is coming out of the amplifier to inspire me; I don't just play mechanically. -Michael Schenker

Where I am they can smell out a hurricane. My house survived Hurricane Hazel, but it didn't get past Hugo. -Mickey Spillane

I think experience will teach you a combination of liberalism and conservatism. We have to be progressive and at the same time we have to retain values. We have to hold onto the past as we explore the future. -Oliver Stone

I think when two people get together, their past is their past. Their reputations are reputations. You can only take someone the way you find them… on face value. I think that was how we were both, the way we were. -Shane Warne

The past is a great place and I don't want to erase it or to regret it, but I don't want to be its prisoner either. -Mick Jagger

I must be careful not to get trapped in the past. That's why I tend to forget my songs. -Mick Jagger

The past has to inform the present. -John Turturro

I look back into past history, the stored experiences or products of the imagination. I look no further forward than the evening. -Jerzy Kosinski

Music, in the past few years… anything singable or understandable is square. -Ethel Merman

We live trapped, between the churned-up and examined past and a future that waits for our work. -Anna Freud

By recollecting the pleasures I have had formerly, I renew them, I enjoy them a second time, while I laugh at the remembrance of troubles now past, and which I no longer feel. -Giacomo Casanova

During the past few years I have led a sometimes hard battle for German foreign policy. -Gustav Stresemann

In every man the memory of the struggles and the heroes of the past is alive. But these memories are not incompatible with the desire for peace in the future. -Gustav Stresemann

The concept of active cooperation has taken the place of opposition to the new form of government and of dreamy resignation entranced with the beauty of times past. -Gustav Stresemann

You are welcome to your intellectual pastimes and books and art and newspapers; welcome, too, to your bars and your whisky that only makes me ill. Here am I in the forest, quite content. -Knut Hamsun

For every minute, the future is becoming the past. -Thor Heyerdahl

All the sculptures of today, like those of the past, will end one day in pieces… So it is important to fashion ones work carefully in its smallest recess and charge every particle of matter with life. -Alberto Giacometti

In the past I have never thought about loneliness when working, and I don't think about it now. Yet there must be a reason for the fact that so many people talk about it. -Alberto Giacometti

I don't sit here and dream because I don't care about the future. I wouldn't take nothin' for my past and I've got enough behind me that I can write forever. -Brownie McGhee

In examining the CIA's past and present use of the U.S. media, the Committee finds two reasons for concern. The first is the potential, inherent in covert media operations, for manipulating or incidentally misleading the American public. -Frank Church

Even though there's no forum for me on the radio for the kind of music I sing anymore, I am still excited about having a career where I can sing the best music in the world, and people will come and hear me because of the hit records I've had in the past. -Johnny Mathis

The second is that the role of China trade in Japanese economy, important as it is, has often been exaggerated, as proven by our experience of the past 6 years. -Shigeru Yoshida

We teach people that they upset themselves. We can't change the past, so we change how people are thinking, feeling and behaving today. -Albert Ellis

Keep all special thoughts and memories for lifetimes to come. Share these keepsakes with others to inspire hope and build from the past, which can bridge to the future. -Mattie Stepanek

Throughout the past, there has been a lack of intimacy, affection, and regard for Islam by Christianity. This, to a large extent, has been due to a lack of knowledge of the great human and spiritual ideals for which Islam and the teachings of Islam stand. -Aly Khan

A woman past forty should make up her mind to be young; not her face. -Billie Burke

To praise it would amount to praising myself. For the entire content of the work… coincides almost exactly with my own meditations which have occupied my mind for the past thirty or thirty-five years. -Carl Friedrich Gauss

I've been taking my time now between projects looking for stuff that has a little bit more substance, that isn't surface. Some of the films that I've done in the past really were surface. -Christian Slater

During the past few decades, modern technology, with radio, TV, air travel, and satellites, has woven a network of communication which puts each part of the world in to almost instant contact with all the other parts. -David Bohm

It puzzled me that other people hadn't found out, too. God was gone. We were younger. We had reached past him. Why couldn't they see it? It still puzzles me. -Frances Farmer

In the past I have defended the right of the IRA to engage in armed struggle. I did so because there was no alternative for those who would not bend the knee, or turn a blind eye to oppression, or for those who wanted a national republic. -Gerry Adams

Such decisions will be far reaching and difficult. But you never lacked courage in the past. Your courage is now needed for the future. -Gerry Adams

The form of my poem rises out of a past that so overwhelms the present with its worth and vision that I'm at a loss to explain my delusion that there exist any real links between that past and a future worthy of it. -Hart Crane

Animals arrived, liked the look of the place, took up their quarters, settled down, spread, and flourished. They didn't bother themselves about the past – they never do; they're too busy. -Kenneth Grahame

There the wild animals wandered and fed as though they were in a pasture that stretched much farther than a man could see, and there were no settlers. Only Indians lived there. -Laura Ingalls Wilder

I made records in the past that are as traditional as any other country records that have been made, but at the same time the records have a contemporary slant on it too. -Vince Gill

And time itself? Time was a never-ending medium that stretched into the future and the past – except there was no future and no past, but an infinite number of brackets, extending either way, each bracket enclosing its single phase of the Universe. -Clifford D. Simak

The curious defiled past him, after squeezing the Presidential fingers into the room, and settled either on the sofa or chairs or remained standing for protracted observations. -Henry Villard

I just don't want to live like I used to. And at some point, I'm going to put a gag order on myself in terms of talking about the past. I've got to slam the door and deal with the present and the future. -Charlie Sheen

There have to be more important things going on in the world than my past. -Charlie Sheen

Once you grow past Mommy and Daddy coming running when you're hurt, you're really on your own. You're alone, and there's no one to help you. -Octavia E. Butler

It is correct that I overlooked the contamination of the party, not just now but also in the past. -Bela Kun

It can be rebuilt if other countries with selfish interests will not meddle, as has been done in the past. -Bulent Ecevit

I have been interested in Irish traditional music for the past few years. -Nobuo Uematsu

I have had shoulder injuries in the past, but usually it's from training. -Warren Cuccurullo

Paradoxically, the people and state of Japan living on such moral props were not innocent but had been stained by their own past history of invading other Asian countries. -Kenzaburo Oe

The military has been tremendously important in the past during catastrophes and in protecting the population. But it shouldn't become an auxiliary police force. -Otto Schily

It is past time for Republican leadership to answer for record deficits and reckless spending, both in Iraq and in the U.S. It's time for a plan to bring our troops home. -Sherrod Brown

With Fellini, the fear dropped out of my work because it was such a happy experience… hanging out with Fellini, having pasta on the set with Fellini, and going out with Fellini! -Terence Stamp

But that in and of itself this past year was not a factor in what I did for the national team every time I stepped out there, or in training, or when I stepped out there in the WUSA. -Tiffeny Milbrett

Firms would be given initial entitlements to gross markup on the basis of past performance. These entitlements would be transferable and a market in them would be developed. -William Vickrey

I am concerned because even in the past two years that were the jubilee years, I have seen evident signs which show that the people are still in great difficulties, and there are things that still need to be remedied and looked after in many areas. -Bhumibol Adulyadej

It is true, there are many bad people; there are more of them than in the past, but that is because there are more people, meaning the population has tripled; there must be three times more bad people. -Bhumibol Adulyadej

Asean is obviously a very important association for us. Over the past 30 years Asean has made great strides in regional cooperation covering a number of areas, although recently it has been under strain because of the financial crisis and other challenges. -Hassanal Bolkiah

I was this guy who'd been racing around down there, on that field in 1999, running straight over people, scoring tries, winning games, having fun. And I ended up so sick I couldn't even run past a little baby. -Jonah Lomu

Comparing in the past years, Tamyra Gray and everyone else that didn't win but their careers are doing well. -LaToya London

It's funny, we all really, really got along. I don't know how it was in years past but this year, I was really with a good group of people. No one tried to sabotage each other or steal the other ones moments. -LaToya London

Just in the past few years – since I've been making movies, which isn't a very long time – you now have a culture that is fascinated and informed about the box office in a way that sometimes filmmakers weren't even. -Neil LaBute

No, I think the future of humanity will be like the past, we'll do what we've always done and there will still be human beings. Granted, there will always be people doing something different and there are a lot of possibilities. -Octavia E. Butler

In the past, when I shot films about fishermen and hunters, I always had to admire their ability to perceive time in its entirety. The present was always temporary. -Lennart Meri

It may be that my most helpful contributions to music aren't my compact discs but my articles about other great singers of the past for American Heritage magazine. -Susannah McCorkle

I don't like to travel as much as I have in the past, but it's good for my soul to get to pick, especially with these good musicians and these guys that play so well. -Earl Scruggs

I think that an artist is a bit like a computer. He receives information from the world around him and from his past and from his own experiences. And it all goes into the brain. -Gerald Scarfe

Bad leadership during the past years has cast on our Party the shadow of great and grave burdens. -Janos Kadar

The 1984 European Championships were held in France and that was something important. I felt on form then, even though I was practically always injured at all the World Cups. It's a great memory. But in any case, the past is past. -Michel Patini

I've always wanted to work with Paul Newman. I had a couple opportunities in the past, and I didn't take advantage of it, so it was really fun to be working with him. -Ed Harris

In the past 10 years, I've looked at life as this Pollock stuff. And now I'm almost in the post Pollock phase. -Ed Harris

People try to keep their past, like kind of holding on to their past. Every Springsteen song talks about that. -John Cusack

There is no prodigy in our profession. If you see all the great singer of the past, none of them are. -Luciano Pavarotti

The idea is that there is a kind of memory in nature. Each kind of thing has a collective memory. So, take a squirrel living in New York now. That squirrel is being influenced by all past squirrels. -Rupert Sheldrake

Before we move forward with new efforts to lower the barriers to international free trade, we must review the consequences of the policies of the past and address the problems of the present. -Bob Ney

When I got there, all the pasta and science stuff hadn't quite caught on in England – things that were perfectly acceptable then wouldn't be tolerated now. -Robbie Fowler

I think that my past stands me in good stead in that it does have a certain strength for musicians. -John Sebastian

I believe that this is a different war than America has ever fought in the past. It is a non-conventional war. It means that you've got to use every tool you've got available to you. -Hugh Shelton

When I begin a book, I inevitably discover many things along the way, about the characters, their past histories and the political intrigues that surround them. This discovery process is vital, and I would not prejudice it by deciding too much in advance. -David Brin

Self-righteous people can talk themselves into forgetting they are part of a civilization. They can then feed on that culture, bringing it down. It's happened many times in the past. It could happen to us. -David Brin

You look like gold. I've been fooled before, but now I know I've made the mistake in the past. But now I, now I know the difference from gold and brass. -Ben Harper

I always wrote about things that were important to me. I think our past success showed that it was also important for a lot of others. -Gavin Rossdale

In the past, I tried to be more of a typical session guitarist. I wasn't so concerned with impressing anybody. -Brad Paisley

I like what the future holds. I don't like thinking about the past. -John Cale

I shot a lot of close-ups on this movie 'cause there's like a dual mystery, she's searching through her haunted past to find some truth and she's also following an external mystery where she comes to think she might be the killer. -Philip Kaufman

Which is not to discount everything I've done in my past; everything I have learned tremendously from. -Rachel True

I'm really obsessed with the past. -Fisher Stevens

New needs need new techniques. And the modern artists have found new ways and new means of making their statements… the modern painter cannot express this age, the airplane, the atom bomb, the radio, in the old forms of the Renaissance or of any other past culture. -Jackson Pollock

In the past, two colleagues died each season. It was generally accepted this could happen. -Jacky Ickx

Again I entered my smithy to work and forge something from the noble material of time past. -Jean Froissart

Remember the refrain: We always build on the past; the past always tries to stop us. Freedom is about stopping the past, but we have lost that ideal. -Lawrence Lessig

A free culture has been our past, but it will only be our future if we change the path we are on right now. -Lawrence Lessig

I think that over the last few decades, we have seen better economic outcomes than in the past. -Martin Feldstein

Thus, the questions we should ask here are what makes the current economic upswing different from the past two recoveries, and whether such differences are sufficient for the economy to reach the sustained growth path. -Toshihiko Fukui

During the past two decades, inflation has fallen to a low level in major industrial countries. -Toshihiko Fukui

You know this baseball game of ours comes up from the youth. That means the boys. And after you've been a boy, and grow up to know how to play ball, then you come to the boys you see representing themselves today in our national pastime. -George Herman

I'm 36 and if I met a woman of my own age and married her, I'd also be marrying her former life, her past. It might be OK for some people – I don't want to judge it or anything – but it's not for me. It would destroy my creativity. -Henry Rollins

For the past several years, the Meth Caucus has worked to engage the Office of National Drug Control Policy on this issue. We have tried to get their attention that meth requires a strong, comprehensive Federal policy. -Rick Larsen

The thing is, it really did take us too long to get these recordings done. We've had our rough times in the studio in the past, but after four weeks most of the material would have been recorded. This time it seemed like it just goes on and on. -Ed O'Brien

I wouldn't trade the experiences I've had over the past 36 years for anything. -Gil Gerard

My main expertise is in the past, but if I have to extrapolate into the future, I would say: no good news any time soon and an obvious exit strategy is not apparent to me. -Juan Cole

And I did wonder – because it's now three years ago since I left prison – whether there would come a time when I would forget it, or it would be in the past as anything else might be – no, it's there every day of my life. -Jeffrey Archer

We can pay our debts to the past by putting the future in debt to ourselves. -John Buchan

You cannot survive if you do not know the past. -Oriana Fallaci

I knew I could not cope with the future unless I was able to rediscover the past. -Gene Tierney

Employer contribution pension plans have become increasingly popular throughout the past two decades. -Ron Lewis

Every man is his own ancestor, and every man is his own heir. He devises his own future, and he inherits his own past. -Frederick Henry Hedge

For the past 10 years, people have been making fun of the eighties. Why are we bringing them back? -Lexa Doig

I just turned 30 so I got really introspective as you do, questioning my life. And when I stopped and sort of looked back at the past decade, I realized I had done more work than I thought I had done. -Sheryl Lee

I learned a lot from that first record and I learned a lot from my experiences touring, but really the biggest education I got over the past two years was learning the importance of arrangements. -Vanessa Carlton

Jane Austen is at the end of the line that begins with Samuel Richardson, which takes wonder and magic out of the novel, treats not the past but the present. -Leslie Fiedler

Ryan is my bridge to the past, to memories that lose some of their sting when he recounts them. -Tatum O'Neal

The sacrifices ordinary American men and women from communities large and small have been willing to make, often before they were past their teenage years, have secured our nation unprecedented freedoms and made us the world's bulwark of liberty. -Steve Buyer

The past speaks to us in a thousand voices, warning and comforting, animating and stirring to action. -Felix Adler

Even in high school I was very interested in history – why people do the things they do. As a kid I spent a lot of time trying to relate the past to the present. -George Lucas

Whatever I have come to offer, I have come to offer and it may or may not be connected to anything that has happened in the past. -Bill Bruford

Language also encodes our past. We want to know who we are. To know who we are, we have to know who we used to be. Consequently, our literature, written in the past, anchors us in that past. -Andrzej Wajda

Films made in the spirit of the past continued to be made. -Andrzej Wajda

Duncan Aldrich has been my partner in most recording projects, and touring projects, for the past decade. -Warren Zevon

Rock and Roll has certainly tried to take its toll on me. I'd rather not talk about my past excesses here, although some hardcore rockers might argue that those excesses were responsible for some great records, but I know which side I came out on. -Tony Visconti

Our last jam session was this past Christmas. Dad played his harmonica, mom sang in English and Italian, and I played guitar. I'm so happy that we could share that musical experience for one last time. -Tony Visconti

One thing, however, I know with certainty: violence, or the direct threat of violence, of the kind we have seen in the past few days, is totally unjustified as a response to any published word or image. -Timothy Garton Ash

And I'd say one of the great lessons I've learned over the past couple of decades, from a management perspective, is that really when you come down to it, it really is all about people and all about leadership. -Steve Case

The chip comes from silicon foundries who have been running their plants for the past fifty years, understand mass manufacture, and are the area that is most likely to understand the volume increase problem. -Mike Marsh

There's been periods of broadcasts in the past where you could see all ages of entertainers, ranging from George Burns to Shirley Temple. That's not the condition now. -Merle Haggard

The American people expect more from Congress. They expect fiscal responsibility and common sense. They expect us to return to the pay-as-you-go budget rules that we had enacted in the past that helped us establish a surplus, however briefly. -Melissa Bean

Over the past few years special interests have had a larger and larger say over who gets what in America, and the voices of average citizens are being shut out. -Marty Meehan

It states, History should be regarded as a means for understanding the past and solving the challenges of the future. It also suggests that this celebration of the end of slavery is an important and enriching part of the history and heritage of the United States. -Mark Foley

Modern as the style of Pascal's writing is, his thought is deeply impregnated with the spirit of the Middle Ages. He belonged, almost equally, to the future and to the past. -Lytton Strachey

Any creator owes a debt to past creation. -Lukas Foss

As you know, in the past several years, month after month, radio has increased its revenues – some of it even coming from Dot-Com advertisers. So, radio is a survivor. -Casey Kasem

Don't ignore the past, but deal with it, on your own pace. Once you deal with it, you are free of it; and you are free to embrace your life and be a happy loving person because if you don't, the past will come back to haunt and keep coming back to haunt you. -Boris Kodjoe

I felt the weight of the past at the beginning of my career of singer. -Yannick Noah

We cannot undo the past in this misguided war in Iraq. -Xavier Becerra

What happened in the past that was painful has a great deal to do with what we are today, but revisiting this painful past can contribute little or nothing to what we need to do now. -William Glasser

We have to get better at that. All of the Stanley Cup winning teams throughout the past few seasons, when they needed to play defense, they did it. If you can play defense, that's when you know it's game over. -Steve Yzerman

All I can say is that I'm going to try to coach the way I've coached in the past. And if it ends up not being good enough, then so be it. -Steve Spurrier

But I've always believed that Christine Cagney shouldn't be played past a certain age. -Sharon Gless

There isn't a dearth of it, but I will confess that it's harder for me to find songs on which I'm willing to invest anything from ten to fifteen hours writing an arrangement than it was in times past. -Mel Torme

In 1973, America imported 30 percent of its crude oil needs. Today, that number has doubled to more than 60 percent. Gas prices are as high as they are now in part because we've had no comprehensive national energy policy for the past few decades. -Gary Miller

There's immense fun to be had as long as you can sort of sneak it past DC. I have been told on occasion that I need to have more respect for these characters. -Garth Ennis

We make too much of that long groan which underlines the past. -Derek Walcott

Maybe in past years, perhaps women didn't feel quite as comfortable with revealing themselves, and their skills and their crafts… and now we are, so we're out there, just like the guys. -Chantal Kreviazuk

To create a past that seemed authentic but would be a fiction, you need an invented language. -Jeanette Winterson

But you get past that and realize you have to let go of what you think you want. There'll be plenty of time for that later. Right now, go and be with that baby. Just play with this beautiful little boy. -Paul Reiser

I had read too many memoirs that were written after the writer or the director was past his or her prime. -Joe Eszterhas

First, the year 2004, the year past, the Comptroller General of the United States, David A. Walker, said that arguably it was the worst year in American fiscal history, clearly setting our Nation on an unsustainable path. -Jim Cooper

Goth culture, as mired in the past as it is, even it goes through changes, so Goth when I was growing up is not what it is now. When I think of Goth culture as it is at the moment I think of mall culture. -Jhonen Vasquez

First of all, you can make the argument that there's no such thing as the past. Nobody lived in the past. -David McCullough

Elvis was just like a big old kid. It was like he never got past 19, I don't think, in a lotta ways. -Mac Davis

East Hampton happens to have been the first place in the world where I was a star, a real star with a star pasted above my name on the dressing-room door. -Eva Gabor

I feel less often compelled to do the work than I was in the past. -Daniel Day-Lewis

I could not understand how it could move under its own power. And when it had driven past me, without even thinking why I found myself chasing it down the road, as hard as I could run. -Soichiro Honda

Over the past two years, the House has passed more than 50 measures focused on stimulating the economy and expanding opportunities for American workers. The tax relief provisions in this package have been an important part of our pro-growth agenda. -Roger Wicker

With 1.7 million private sector jobs lost and half a million jobs shipped overseas over the past three years, we must take action to spur job creation and restore economic prosperity. -Nick Lampson

But this Veterans Day, I believe we should do more than sing the praises of the bravery and patriotism that our veterans have embodied in the past. We should take this opportunity to re-evaluate how we are treating our veterans in the present. -Nick Lampson

My daughter, when she was a week old, was diagnosed with congenital heart disease. For the past thirteen years, she's had four major heart surgeries. She's a candidate for – and must have – heart replacement surgery in order to have a long life. -Nick Cassavetes

The president of the branch in Atlanta was a pastor of a church, the Reverend Sam Williams, a wonderful guy. He was middle-class and fairly militant for the time and place. -Julian Bond

I had said to some pastor that I was having thoughts, and the church turned on me. They went to my mom and said, So sorry about your son. -Jai Rodriguez

Those who try to obliterate the past are injuring the present. -Helen Dunmore

If we understand the past, we are more likely to recognise what is happening around us. -Helen Dunmore

So this anchoring in some way, in some important way in the past without repeating the past, but on the basis of the past building something new: that is what is important. -Gunther Schuller

In other words, we are interested in the anatomical and mental characteristics of men living under the same biological, geographical, and social environment, and as determined by their past. -Franz Boas

The day when the scientist, no matter how devoted, may make significant progress alone and without material help is past. This fact is most self-evident in our work. -Ernest Lawrence

I don't think you can run around and crash and bang quite the way that I might have done in the past. -Eric Lindros

Our lawyers had their chat with the Supreme Court Justice, and promised to repast the chat to other members of the Supreme Court to find out whether they wanted to hear us out. -Dashiell Hammett

In some instances, the accuracy of past-life memories can be objectively verified, sometimes with remarkable detail. -Stanislav Grof

Past is past. -Pete Waterman

We must work to stabilize Social Security. We must not gamble with our nation's social insurance program, one of our most popular and effective federal programs that has remained dependable and stable for the past 70 years. -Grace Napolitano

President Bush has consistently used rhetoric, and that is not convincing given his past record. -Grace Napolitano

We are all part of a tradition, at least we depend on the past. -Klaus Schulze

I never imagined my life would be the way that it has been for the past 30 years. I have had the best experiences a person can have-and the worst as well. -Columba Bush

And we do talk a lot about my past and my impression of things and how it relates to what we're doing now. The Brady Bunch, in its heyday, was really the genesis of when TV started to become the force that it is today. -Mike Lookinland

We have peace with God as soon as we believe, but not always with ourselves. The pardon may be past the prince's hand and seal, and yet not put into the prisoner's hand. -William Gurnall

In a way, my past gives me a little credibility. Not that anybody cares what I did nineteen years ago, but I did have a career, and a legitimate one, before I met my husband. -Pia Zadora

I especially object to having my character assassinated by reference to events from my past which bear absolutely no relationship to the question of who the anthrax killer is. -Steven Hatfill

When you realize the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate more on the preservation of the future. -Dian Fossey

As I said a moment ago, there is no higher priority in our budget, or certainly in the budgets of the past few years, than providing for what is needed for the protection and security of our country and support of our troops. -Jim Ryun

I think seeing some of the past can be helpful, especially if you're into crime solving. -Yancy Butler

Until we perceive the meaning of our past, we remain the mere carriers of ideas, like the Nomads. -Stephen Gardiner

Conventionally, one looks at history as something of the past. But after Einstein, who knows what is in the past and what is in the present? -Roland Joffe

In the past there were various suggestions in the framework of financial and other agreements to benefit with Iran. But Iran interpreted those suggestions in a mistaken way and deceived the international community. -Moshe Katsav

Technology has saved us money in some circumstances, but it has really afforded us the ability to cover stories from locations we might not have been able to in the past. -Jim Walton

The Halifax area has long played a major role in Canada's military operations, being the port of departure for convoys, naval task forces and army units over the past 100 years or so. -Alex Morrison

The dead and past stories that I have told again in divers fashions, are not set down without authority. -Marie de France

I'm not going to make it the all – everything. Our (the Saints) goal is to get better, make the playoffs and win the Super Bowl, but I'm not gonna anguish over it like I have in the past. -Mike Ditka

I mean, when you've had a problem in your past, whether it's attributed directly to high cholesterol or not, you want to lower your cholesterol. You want to eat healthy. You want to feel healthy. You want to have a little more energy. -Mike Ditka

What you feel spiritually. I think a lot of that has to do with it. If you have no spiritual life, chances are everything is going to aggravate you, you're going to fly off the handle at everything and that's what I did in the past. I've kind of got that under control now. -Mike Ditka

What's crucial is that the IRA produce a credible statement that paramilitary and criminality activity is a thing of the past. That they are committed to a future which is exclusively peaceful and democratic. -Peter Hain

After I became a citizen, I felt freer to say what I thought about this country, both negative and positive. I think I had been, consciously and subconsciously, biting my tongue in the past. -Robert MacNeil

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