“Your past is always your past. Even if you forget it, it remembers you.” ― Sarah Dessen. Here are 61 Remembering The Past Quotes Full Of Memories.

The Past Quotes

1. “The past is never where you think you left it.”
Katherine Anne Porter

2. “Me and you, we got more yesterday than anybody. We need some kind of tomorrow.”
Toni Morrison

3. “We don't have to be defined by the things we did or didn't do in our past. Some people allow themselves to be controlled by regret. Maybe it's a regret, maybe it's not. It's merely something that happened. Get over it.”
Pittacus Lore

4. “With each passing moment I'm becoming part of the past. There is no future for me, just the past steadily accumulating.”
Haruki Murakami

5. “We are products of our past, but we don't have to be prisoners of it.”
Rick Warren

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

7. “People are all over the world telling their one dramatic story and how their life has turned into getting over this one event. Now their lives are more about the past than their future.”
Chuck Palahniuk

8. “I had my chance.' He said it, retiring from a lifetime of wanting. 'I had my chance, and sometimes in life, there are no second chances. You look at what you have, not what you miss, and you move forward.”
Jamie Ford

9. “Sooner or later we've all got to let go of our past.”
Dan Brown

10. “The only thing new in the world is the history you do not know.”
Harry S. Truman

11. “Take it from me: If you hear the past speaking to you, feel it tugging up your back and running its fingers up your spine, the best thing to do-the only thing-is run.”
Lauren Oliver

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

13. “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”
Bill Keane

14. “The past is made out of facts... I guess the future is just hope.”
Isaac Marion

15. “Memories are dangerous things. You turn them over and over until you know every touch and corner, but still you'll find an edge to cut you.”
Mark Lawrence

16. “Memory is a mirror that scandalously lies.”
Julio Cortázar

The Past Quotes

17. “You’re just another story I can’t tell anymore.”
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18. “You cannot harden your heart to the future just because of your past. You cannot use cruelty against yourself to justify cruelty to others.”
Marie Lu

19. “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 Wilson Watts

20. “It's more fun to think of the future than dwell on the past.”
Sara Shepard

21. “You must learn some of my philosophy. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.”
Jane Austen

22. “Those who cannot remember the past, are condemned to repeat it.”
George Santayana

23. “If only. Those must be the two saddest words in the world.”
Mercedes Lackey

24. “I just don't see why the past has to matter.”
Cassandra Clare

25. “The past was always there, lived inside of you, and it helped to make you who you were. But it had to be placed in perspective. The past could not dominate the future.”
Barbara Taylor Bradford

26. “The past can teach us, nurture us, but it cannot sustain us. The essence of life is change, and we must move ever forward or the soul will wither and die.”
Susanna Kearsley

27. “My past has not defined me, destroyed me, deterred me, or defeated me; it has only strengthened me.”
Steve Maraboli

28. “Things without all remedy should be without regard: what's done is done.”
William Shakespeare

29. “Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.”
Cormac McCarthy

30. “I met a boy whose eyes showed me that the past, present and future were all the same thing.”
Jennifer Elisabeth

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The Past Quotes

31. “No man is rich enough to buy back his past.”
Oscar Wilde

32. “The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.”
L.P. Hartley

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

34. “Study the past if you would define the future.”
Confucius

35. “Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.”
― C.S. Lewis

36. “Life can only be understood backward, but it must be lived forwards.”
Søren Kierkegaard

37. “Forgiving isn't something you do for someone else. It's something you do for yourself. It's saying, 'You're not important enough to have a stranglehold on me.' It's saying, 'You don't get to trap me in the past. I am worthy of a future.”
Jodi Picoult

38. “It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream.”
Edgar Allan Poe

39. “When it comes to the past, everyone writes fiction.”
Stephen King

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

41. “It has shown me that everything is illuminated in the light of the past. It is always along the side of us...on the inside, looking out.”
Jonathan Safran Foer

42.“We leave something of ourselves behind when we leave a place, we stay there, even though we go away. And there are things in us that we can find again only by going back there.”
Pascal Mercier

43. “These fragments I have shored against my ruins”
T.S. Eliot

44. “When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.”
Friedrich Nietzsche

45. “Everyone has a past, but that's just it--it's in the past. You can learn from it, but you can't change it.”
Nicholas Sparks

The Past Quotes

46. “My past is everything I failed to be.”
Fernando Pessoa

47. “Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again.”
Gautama Buddha

48. “The past beats inside me like a second heart.”
John Banville

49. “A medicine cat has no time for doubt. Put your energy into today and stop worrying about the past.”
Erin Hunter

50. “The past can't hurt you anymore, not unless you let it.”
Alan Moore

51. “I can't. You can't rewrite the past.”
Jay Asher

52. “You realize that our mistrust of the future makes it hard to give up the past.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor

53. “My yesterdays walk with me. They keep step, they are gray faces that peer over my shoulder.”
William Golding

54. “The present changes the past. Looking back you do not find what you left behind.”
Kiran Desai

55. “What's past is prologue.”
William Shakespeare

56. “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”
Mother Theresa

57. “No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.”
Gautama Buddha

58. “The past is always tense, the future perfect.”
Zadie Smith

59. “The past is never dead. It's not even past.”
William Faulkner

60. “There is no point in using the word 'impossible' to describe something that has clearly happened.”
Douglas Adams

61. “Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.”
Ray Bradbury

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Best of The Past Quotes

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“The past is never dead. It's not even past.”― William Faulkner
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“I can't. You can't rewrite the past.”― Jay Asher
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“My past is everything I failed to be.”― Fernando Pessoa

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