The past is teaching us and storing a tremendous amount of memories of all kinds, for life is a balance between good and evil and not an isolated bubble of reality.
This is why we must appreciate the past as it is, a teacher who teaches us and at the same time encourages us to move forward and be better and better.
So we will see below a compilation of the most interesting phrases from the past, he commented.
The most memorable phrases from the past
To better understand the impact of yesterday, let’s take a look at some of the best phrases from the past that invite you to reflect on your own story.
1. The distinction between past, present and future is but a stubbornly persistent illusion. (Albert Einstein)
We spend too much time giving importance to what was or is to come.
2. The memory of the heart eliminates bad memories and magnifies good ones, and thanks to this trick we can endure the past. (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)
If there are any memories we need to hold on to, they’re the ones that make us smile.
3. And it’s here, right then, that you realize that things only happen once, and no matter how hard you try, you’ll never feel the same again.
No matter what we do, things can’t be the same anymore.
4. Love is intensity and that is why it is a relaxation of time: it lengthens the minutes and prolongs them like centuries. (Octavio Paz)
Love changes the perception of time.
5. May the past be happy with itself, for man needs forgetting and memory. (James Stephens)
The past must stay where it is and we must move forward.
6. Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it. (George Santayana)
We have to learn from our mistakes to follow the right path.
7. Studying the past can define its future. (Confucius)
By doing this, we can analyze our actions to see which ones benefit us or not.
8. Time is the most precious thing a person can spend (Theophrastus)
Life is not a race, but it is short to procrastinate.
9. I’m not really here at the moment. I should have gone yesterday and here I am just late. (Milan Kundera)
The feeling of making a bad decision.
10. It is a serious mistake to look at the past with the eyes of the present. (Arturo Pérez-Reverte)
Those of us who were yesterday are not compared to those of us today.
11. The quality of a painter depends on the amount of past he wears. (Pablo Picasso)
Many artists draw inspiration from their past.
12. What happens in the past is relived in memory. (John Dewey)
The past never dies in our minds.
13. We must use the past as a stepping stone, not a couch. (Harold MacMillan)
A warning about using the past as a motivation to continue and not as an excuse to stagnate.
14. Old dreams were good dreams. They haven’t been fulfilled, but I’m glad to have them. (Clint Eastwood)
Not all dreams come true, but we can find a better way to live.
15. The past is a bucket full of ashes. Don’t live yesterday or in the morning, but here and now. (Carl Sandbourg)
The past no longer exists and there is no point in bringing it back to your present.
16. It is more fun to think about the future than it is to live in the past. (Sara Shepard)
We find more courage in thinking about what is to come than in looking at what we have stopped doing.
17. The past is never dead. It’s not even finished. (William Faulkner)
The past is always present, you just need to be more discriminating in helping others.
18. It is useless to go back over what has been and is no more. (Frédéric Chopin)
Hanging on to what wasn’t keeps you from seeing what you can do now.
19. Do you love life? Well if you love life don’t waste time cause time is the good of what life is made of (Benjamin Franklin)
A beautiful reflection to take advantage of our moments.
20. And if you don’t give more, just find what is in your hands, think that giving love is never in vain. Continue without looking back. (Pablo Neruda)
There is always something that makes us rediscover our faith.
21. Even the past can be changed. (Jean paul Sartre)
Not all memories are one hundred percent real.
22. The past water does not move the mills. (Spanish proverb)
The things of yesterday are not what you need for your future.
23. In the past is the story of the future. (Juan Donoso Cortés)
Many agree that history repeats itself.
24. Your time is limited, so don’t waste time living someone else’s life. (Steve Jobs)
Focus on yourself and what you can do to build your dreams.
25. If you don’t want to repeat the past tense, study it. (Baruch Spinoza)
This is the only way to avoid making the same mistakes.
26. If you have a past that does not satisfy you, forget about it now. Imagine a new story for your life and believe it. (Paulo Coelho)
It is not about erasing our origin, but about turning the page so that we can create new stories.
27. Learn from the past and look to the future, but live in the present.
The way we analyze time.
28. There is no present or future, only the past, which repeats itself over and over again, now. (Eugene O’Neill)
Another reference to the fact that life is cyclical and everything repeats itself.
29. In the past, things looked better than they actually were. (Denn Carr)
It doesn’t matter if it really happened that way, this is how we remember it.
30. The past, a lake for one swimmer: memory. (Ali Ahmad Saïd Esber)
What really weighs on the past are the memories.
31. The past limits us, but the future scares us. The only place is the present. (Isaac Lopez)
That is why we have to devote more energy to this than to the other two.
32. There are times when life puts you at the same distance from running away or staying forever. (Elvire Sastre)
Hold on to the past or walk into the future.
33. He who controls the past also controls the present. (George Orwell)
Don’t let your past drag you down.
34. To miss the past is to run after the wind. (Russian proverbs)
An activity that only manages to delay you.
35. Even God cannot change the past. (Agathon)
Prove that the past is nothing more than dust.
36. Young people are happy because they have the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who retains the ability to see beauty does not grow old. (Franz Kafka)
The beauty is in these simple things that make you smile and want to follow.
37. Five minutes is enough to dream a lifetime, time is so relative. (Mario Benedetti)
Time passes according to our actions.
38. Life is divided into three stages: the present, the past and the future. Among these, the present tense is very brief; the future, uncertain; the past is true. (Seneca)
The past contains our history, the present is where we live it and the future it will be.
39. Life is divided into three periods; what it was, what it is and what it will be. Let’s learn from the past to take advantage of the present, and from the present to better live the future. (William Wordsworth)
Three periods that coexist with us on a daily basis.
40. We can learn from our past, but we cannot live. (Lyndon B. Johnson)
The way to see the past.
41. The past is really here, but the story is exactly what someone wrote. (A. Whitney Brown)
We all have a different story to tell.
42. I don’t understand why the past must be so important. (Cassandra Claire)
The past tells us about who we were, but not what we can become.
43. The only charm of the past is that it is the past. (Oscar Wilde)
This is something that has happened before and will not come back.
44. If we are not jointly responsible for the past, we will not have the right to claim to be the legitimate owners of the future. (Fernando Savater)
We must always take responsibility for our past actions in order to repay ourselves in the future.
45. What happened has fled, what you expect is missing, but the present is yours. (Arabic proverbs)
Take it to your advantage as a gift that is in your hands.
46. The present is formed only from the past, and what is indeed was already in the cause. (Henri Bergson)
One way to remind ourselves to sow what we reap.
47. Only the one who builds the future has the right to judge the past. (Friedrich Nietzsche)
An interesting reflection on the power of time in our hands.
48. We must be prepared to give up the life we plan to have the life that awaits us. (Joseph Campbell)
It should be understood that part of our desires are only fanciful inventions.
49. The past is what you remember, what you imagine to remember, what you are persuaded to remember or what you intend to remember. (Harold Pinter)
The past is as you remember it.
50. You can get lost in the shadows of the past. (Louis-Ferdinand Céline)
That is why we must not get carried away by it.
51. Save the worst of the past to better experience the present. (Diane Lier)
Don’t let this fateful moment spoil the happiness that awaits you.
52. We cannot and should not try to erase the past just because it does not fit in with the present. (Golda Meir)
The past cannot be erased, but neither can we live today.
53. The memory of the past makes the pillows uncomfortable and the nights very long.
There are memories that do not let us live in peace.
54. Look back and laugh at the dangers of the past. (Walter Scott)
No matter the good or the bad, laugh at the past and leave it there.
55. When we are tired, we are attacked by the ideas that we conquered a long time ago. (Friedrich Nietzsche)
Sometimes the past takes advantage of our moments of weakness to attack us.
56. They all have backgrounds, but that’s it. It’s in the past. You can learn from it, but you cannot change it. (Nicolas Sparks)
These are the lessons of the past.
57. It is a mistake of human wickedness to always praise the past and despise the present. (Tacit)
Every time is important.
58. If the present tries to judge the past, it will lose the future. (Winston Churchill)
One way to waste time.
59. The past is written in memory and the future is present in desire. (Carlos Fuentes)
The two ways in which the two scenarios coexist.
60. If you let time go by and do nothing, you will quickly realize that you will only live once. (Anonymous)
If you get to this point, focus on what you can do now, instead of wasting your time.
61. May the past be over. (Homer)
Something so simple but complicated.
62. Don’t let the past steal your present. (Taylor Caldwell)
Make the actions of your past count, but without them becoming a burden.
63. Memory is the only paradise from which we cannot be expelled. (Jean Paul)
But be careful that your paradise does not turn into hell.
64. Your past may not have been very happy, but that doesn’t make you who you are.
Don’t let what you’ve been through before determine who it will be tomorrow.
65. Concentrate only on the times when you got what you wanted, and that strength will help you get what you want now. (Paulo Coelho)
This is where we can find the energy to be better.
66. The past is no more and the future is not yet. (St. Augustine)
So enjoy your gift.
67. In all our actions, fair value and respect for time determine success or failure. (Malcolm X)
The secret to success.
68. You can’t take anything new if your hands are still in yesterday’s suitcase. (Louise Smith)
Living by holding onto the good old days prevents us from making new memories.
69. The best prophet of the future is the past. (Lord Byron)
It never hurts to listen to our past to make better decisions for our future.
70. I love the dreams of the future more than the story of the past. (Thomas Jefferson)
In dreams of the future, there are new hopes.
71. Nothing is lost if we have the courage to proclaim that all is lost and that we must start over. (Julio Cortazar)
We don’t fail when we lose, but when it makes us stop trying.
72. Our past can shape us, but it does not define what we will become. (Ellen Hopkins)
It warns us of what we need to take care of, but not that we need to stop trying.
73. The past is a prologue. (William Shakespeare)
It’s time to write your story.
74. There is a delicate balance between honoring the past and losing yourself in it. (Eckhart Tolle)
A balance with which we are constantly fighting.
75. True freedom is creative, proactive and will lead me to new territories. I am not free if my freedom is based on a reaction to my past. (Kenny Loggins)
Hanging on to the past won’t set you free.
76. Yesterday is past, tomorrow is the future, but today is a gift. This is why it is called present. (Bil Keane)
A gift you should always appreciate.
77. We have scars in the most unexpected places as if they were secret maps of our personal history, vestiges of old wounds. Some wounds close with only one scar, others do not.
Not everyone is able to overcome the past.
78. The past is the only dead thing with a sweet aroma. (Edouard Thomas)
The only thing we have to kill.
79. The past is important for all the information and wisdom it offers us. But you can still get lost. (Lauren Kate)
Respecting the past is not the same as living by clinging to it.
80. The two most powerful warriors are patience and time. (Leo Tolstoy)
These always help us to be better.
81. The past never dies, it has not even passed. (William Faulkner)
The past is what lives on in our minds.
82. The present is the sum total of the dwellings of the past. (Thomas Carlyle)
What we are today is the result of our actions yesterday.
83. God cannot change the past although historians can. (Samuel Butler)
Don’t just stand by what other people say.
84. My past is trying to catch up with me and I have to keep running away from it. It’s the only way I can live. (Nicole Sobon)
You live forward, not back.
85. Sometimes I think I live more closely with the past than with the present. (Patricia Briggs)
Many people focus more on the past than on what they are going through now.
86. The past beats in me like a second heart. (Jean Banville)
The past is with us all the time.
87. We are a product of our past, but we should not be prisoners of it. (Rick Warren)
A very important reflection on what we owe to the past.
88. Use the past to have a better future. (Darren Witt)
The best way to use the past.
89. Do not look back, for you can remember that there was a heart that did not know how to love you.
There are memories that are best left behind.
90. It is neither easy nor important to go back and reopen your scars. The only justification is to know that this knowledge will help me better understand the present. (Paulo Coelho)
Always seek yesterday, let it be for a better tomorrow.
Intense reflections on the power of the past and especially the importance of not locking yourself into it so as not to ruin our future.