Past Quotes

He was what I often think is a dangerous thing for a statesman to be – a student of history and like most of those who study history, he learned from the mistakes of the past how to make new ones.

— A. J. P. Taylor

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

Like most of those who study history, he (Napoleon III) learned from the mistakes of the past how to make new ones.

— A. J. P. Taylor

In the past, I used to counter any such notions by asking myself: ‘Would you really want President Hattersley?’ I now find that possibility rather cheers me up. With his chubby, Dickensian features and his knowledge of T.H. Green and other harmless leftish political classics, Hattersley might not be such a bad thing after all.

— A. N. Wilson

Other than Green Day, we haven’t had a lot of protest music over the past few decades.

— Adam McKay

In the past, in the ’60s and ’70s, genres were much more segmented. You had action guys who were deadly serious about it, and I think you had comics that were comics.

— Adam McKay

It seems we’re not only uninformed about our present, we’re ignorant of our past.

— Adora Svitak

I would love it if we made more comparisons between current issues and issues of the past. Maybe we’d realize that sometimes ‘current issues’ and ‘past issues’ are one and the same. Our world’s people still fight over natural resources, kill in the name of religion, occupy regions and give them up – just as we did ‘so long ago.’

— Adora Svitak

As someone from, and directly involved with, this part of the world, I am convinced Arabs are qualified to regain their glorious past.

— Ahmed Zewail

I was terrified of being on stage, and I had to work very hard at a craft to get past that.

— Alan Arkin

I don’t just want my books to be about the ’30s and ’40s. I want them to read as if they had been written then. I think of them as ’40s novels, written in the conservative narrative past.

— Alan Furst

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

Mr. Snowden did not start out as a spy, and calling him one bends the term past recognition. Spies don’t give their secrets to journalists for free.

— Alex Berenson

In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.

— Alex Haley

The South is full of memories and ghosts of the past. For me, it is the most inspiring place to write, from William Faulkner’s haunted antebellum home to the banks of the Mississippi to the wind that whispers through the cotton fields.

— Alexandra Adornetto

Time is something that interests me a whole lot – past and present, and how the past appears as people change.

— Alice Munro

People are more aware now of cities and of different ways of life. I suppose the writing I do is a bit in the past, and I’m not sure it’s the kind of writing I would do if I were starting now.

— Alice Munro

For better or worse, we live in possible worlds as much as actual ones. We are cursed by that characteristically human guilt and regret about what might have been in the past. But that may be the cost for our ability to hope and plan for what might be in the future.

— Alison Gopnik

While writing, saying, and doing much, Mr. Trump is apologizing for his past sins. He’s walking away from supporting abortion, hurling insults and more. Now, America needs to follow suit and apologize for the scourge of legal abortion that has left millions of empty cradles, wombs barren, women’s health damaged, and families broken.

— Alveda King

Apology is often the first step in correcting a wrong. Having moved for a position of saying ‘I don’t need forgiveness,’ Mr. Trump is now taking a second look at past behaviors, things that he’s said and done that he regrets. While he is not asking for forgiveness for being human, he is admitting that he’s made mistakes and humbly making apologies.

— Alveda King

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

Not to sound too Dr. Phil all of a sudden, but I think the key to survival is to embrace one’s past and to not run away from it. And to come to some sort of relationship with it or understanding of it.

— Anderson Cooper

Tiptoeing on a tightrope past insider trading laws may be deft and clever, but it doesn’t make it right.

— Andrew Ross Sorkin

You know when you’re young you think you will always be. As you become more fragile, you reflect and you realize how much comfort can come from the past. Hymns can carry you into the future.

— Andy Griffith

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

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

Over the past decade… while many businesses have pursued what I call ‘business as usual,’ I have been part of a different, smaller business movement, one that tried to put idealism back on the agenda.

— Anita Roddick

We live trapped, between the churned-up and examined past and a future that waits for our work.

— Anna Freud

Humans have continued to evolve quite a lot over the past ten thousand years, and certainly over 100 thousand. Sure, our biology affects our behavior. But it’s unlikely that humans’ early evolution is deeply relevant to contemporary psychological questions about dating or the willpower to complete a dissertation.

— Annalee Newitz

We’re long past having to defend or explain why women should be on boards, given all the data that shows how companies with female as well as male directors perform better. It’s unfortunate when companies with a large percentage of women constituents don’t reflect that in their boardrooms.

— Anne M. Mulcahy

We all ran barefooted on the dusty roads in our past, but now the Emperor wears shoes, and it is our responsibility to ensure that the barefooted child and the doting mother are afforded a holistic environment to realise their dreams and ambitions.

— Anthony Carmona

The temptation in any approaching crisis or conflict is, because people haven’t got a clue what lies ahead, they’re always searching into the past for some sort of pattern … to galvanise the nation or their supporters and put themselves on a pedestal to sound Churchillian or Rooseveltian.

— Antony Beevor

Art is the means by which we communicate what it feels like to be alive – in the past, that was mixed up with other illustrative duties, but that was still its central function that has been liberated in the art called modern.

— Antony Gormley

I don’t want my guy to buy me cars, villas or diamonds. I can do all that. I don’t want any PDA, either. But my guy should be very sensitive to my pains and sorrows and should try to make me happy because I’d do all that for him. Sadly, most of the men that I have met in the past couple of years are too self-obsessed.

— Anushka Sharma

U.S. Speedskating has been riddled with problems since when I started my career, and we were always able to look past that. When it came down to performing on the ice, regardless of funding issues, we were always able to make it happen. And that’s what it’s all about.

— Apolo Ohno

I believe that patterns tend to repeat themselves and there are connections between the past and the present. There is the old proverb that reads, ‘You can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been’. For me, history is like that. When you take history and combine it with myth, then you get mystery.

— Ashwin Sanghi

It is not history, theology or mythology that interest me. It is the fact that history, theology or mythology could have alternative interpretations or explanations. I try to connect the dots between the past and the present.

— Ashwin Sanghi

Repeal the Missouri Compromise – repeal all compromises – repeal the Declaration of Independence – repeal all past history, you still cannot repeal human nature. It will be the abundance of man’s heart that slavery extension is wrong and out of the abundance of his heart, his mouth will continue to speak.

— Abraham Lincoln

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

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

CO2 is the exhaling breath of our civilization, literally… Changing that pattern requires a scope, a scale, a speed of change that is beyond what we have done in the past.

— Al Gore

I’m not a malicious person. When you get past the tattoos and leather, I give people a fair shake. There are periods when I’ve sowed some wild oats, no doubt about it. And I can party with some of the heavyweights. There are some stories about me that, yeah, where there’s smoke there’s fire. But sometimes the smoke is just smoke.

— Al Jourgensen

I scare the neighbors, the kids… They don’t come to my house for trick-or-treating, trust me. I had to buy exactly zero amount of dollars worth of candy for the past couple of years.

— Al Jourgensen

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

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

In the past, modeling influences were largely confined to the styles of behavior and social practices in one’s immediate community. The advent of television vastly expanded the range of models to which members of society are exposed day in and day out.

— Albert Bandura

In the past, I had workaholic issues.

— Alanis Morissette

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

— Albert Einstein

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

Yes, I am a Mexican, and I have a past and a culture. But what matters is the film itself, not where it was financed or cast.

— Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

I don’t regret any past. I am not there. I am not sorry not to make pictures, because I know one day I will do it. I intend to live 150 years.

— Alejandro Jodorowsky

Yosemite has the most impressive and accessible granite big walls in the world. The rock is amazing. And because of that, it’s been the mecca for climbing in the U.S. – and the world to a large degree – for all of climbing history. It’s the place to test yourself against the historic routes of the past.

— Alex Honnold

Youth culture now really looks back and embraces the past, but keeps it contemporary but not sticking to one particular style.

— Alexander McQueen

When the past no longer illuminates the future, the spirit walks in darkness.

— Alexis de Tocqueville

I can easily imagine Obama sitting down and talking to any leader – or any person – in the world, with no baggage of past servitude or race supremacy to mar their talks.

— Alice Walker

You’ve got to take the hems down, especially past 50. I don’t care how good your legs are.

— Andie MacDowell

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

Having led many negotiations with countries outside the E.U. in the past, we would never enter the same compromises and reach the same good outcomes with states that don’t shoulder the responsibilities and costs of the common market.

— Angela Merkel

This inclination to hoard is deeply ingrained in me because in the past, in times of scarcity, you took what you could get.

— Angela Merkel

Maleficent has suffered abuse in the past, and there’s a reason why she is now as furious as she is. And I think that children who have been outcast and abused in any way will relate to her. There’s a beautiful side to her she’s not just a dark person. She has all these facets. And that is interesting.

— Angelina Jolie

Britons are good, though often brutal, colonists where they come into relations with entirely uncivilized tribes whose past is so remote as to be forgotten. But they trample with their heavy boots over the sensitive, delicate susceptibilities of an ancient, highly civilized and cultured nation, such as India.

— Annie Besant

An accurate knowledge of the past of a country is necessary for everyone who would understand its present, and who desires to judge of its future.

— Annie Besant

Aim for the chopping block. If you aim for the wood, you will have nothing. Aim past the wood, aim through the wood aim for the chopping block.

— Annie Dillard

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

Personally, I am stuck with one foot in the past and one foot in the present.

— Anthony Kiedis

Happy is the person who knows what to remember of the past, what to enjoy in the present, and what to plan for in the future.

— Arnold H. Glasow

I’m not much for sitting around and thinking about the past or talking about the past. What does that accomplish? If I can give young people something to think about, like the future, that’s a better use of my time.

— Arnold Palmer

Opinion is like a pendulum and obeys the same law. If it goes past the centre of gravity on one side, it must go a like distance on the other and it is only after a certain time that it finds the true point at which it can remain at rest.

— Arthur Schopenhauer

I think all in all, one thing a lot of plays seem to be saying is that we need to, as black Americans, to make a connection with our past in order to determine the kind of future we’re going to have. In other words, we simply need to know who we are in relation to our historical presence in America.

— August Wilson

Whenever I visited China in the past, the relationships always felt superficial there was no time where I felt those moments of conflict and delight that make you feel close to another person. But since I started touring there in 2004, I would always collaborate with local musicians, and that opened up a new level of intimacy.

— Abigail Washburn

You can go to Pinterest, and they’ll get to know who your friends are, but they don’t get to know very much about what you’ve done in the past. They’re starting with little information about you, and they have to do this personalization.

— Adam D’Angelo

In the past, there hasn’t been much reliable information about startups and small businesses available online. It’s information that’s really valuable, and it’s information that people want to share.

— Adam D’Angelo

O, my past years in Rangoon are spectres to haunt my soul and they seem to laugh at me as they shake the chains they have riveted on me.

— Adoniram Judson

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

— Adrienne Rich

I spend a lot of time with the grandchildren. They love it when we sing together. It’s fantastic to hear them, and they really can sing. I don’t talk to them so much about ‘Abba’ and the past, but as they get older, they will become more aware.

— Agnetha Faltskog

I mentioned that one of the tripartite formulas in American worldview involves time: past, present, and future.

— Alan Dundes

Polls are frequently taken to try to tease out or determine likely directions and trends, but once taken, they belong to the past, requiring that new polls be taken.

— Alan Dundes

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

I think you have to be very secure as an actor to escape yourself – to revisit someone’s past, whether you’re portraying another person or creating someone, and then to come back to who you are and not bring those emotions with you.

— Alex Pettyfer

At 32, I kind of thought I was past the point where I was gonna get a break that really changed my life overnight.

— Allison Tolman

I don’t understand how some of these young actresses are wearing such provocative, editorial items, when they haven’t even established a career yet. It’s hard to see past that. I’m not so sure that’s smart in the long run.

— Allison Williams

What grieves me most in my past offenses, O my loving God, is not so much the punishment I have deserved, as the displeasure I have given You, Who are worthy of infinite love.

— Alphonsus Liguori

Assuredly, Loving Souls, you should go to God with all humility and respect, humbling yourselves in His presence, especially when you remember your past ingratitude and sins.

— Alphonsus Liguori

For me, I am a really tall woman, and I am really tall in heels, and I feel bigger, and I like being bigger. I think I was a king in a past life.

— Alysia Reiner

I think in the wake of 9/11, like a lot of Americans, you know, we were all very traumatized by the attacks, traumatized in a totally different way by some of what happened afterward in response. And I think there have been these questions hovering in the past decade of, what kind of country are we? Who are we?

— Amy Waldman

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

I think the economic empowerment of women that has been growing over the past decade is at the ‘inflection point’ with this global recession. Women are, we believe, the solution for their families in their ability to go out and increase household income.

— Andrea Jung

In the past, I had my idols but today I enjoy learning from all the soccer I watch.

— Andres Iniesta

In many campaigns, one candidate or another is asked to answer for comments he or she made in the past. The answer is usually gibberish – ‘That was a long time ago,’ or ‘I was trying to say something else.’

— Andrew Rosenthal

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

I run from Horatio Street down just past Battery Park City and back. It’s amazing to run and see the Statue of Liberty and the ferries coming in. People think if you’re not near Central Park, there’s nowhere to go, but there’s a whole ecosystem happening down here.

— Andy Cohen

The Internet really lets people connect that wouldn’t have in the past, and lets conversations happen and connections happen.

— Ann Leckie

Food is an excellent way to do very elegant worldbuilding – the kind that can make a fictional world seem real, like it extends way past the edges of the frame.

— Ann Leckie

I know I’ve erred in the past putting too much of my social justice sentiments in comics, but hopefully not too much, and I tried to only do that with characters that it made sense with it. These days, with the ‘social justice’ aspects of the two books I write, ‘Catwoman’ and ‘Katana,’ the concerns are more about moral justice.

— Ann Nocenti

I wanted the new Green Arrow to somehow sense his long, brutal past. It’s like someone who has past lives they can’t remember but feels occasional flashes of.

— Ann Nocenti

I had written for Jimmy Kimmel and Sarah Silverman in the past. Jimmy had a different voice, and different priorities. He couldn’t be the bad guy in the joke he couldn’t upset people, really.

— Anthony Jeselnik

I don’t talk about my past people ask me about it. I’ve done things I’m ashamed of, but one thing I can honestly say is that things I’ve done that I regret, I’ve never done twice. I work really hard at that.

— Art Alexakis

Over the past 100 years, there have been three major periods of tax-rate cuts in the U.S.: the Harding-Coolidge cuts of the mid-1920s the Kennedy cuts of the mid-1960s and the Reagan cuts of the early 1980s. Each of these periods of tax cuts was remarkably successful as measured by virtually any public policy metric.

— Arthur Laffer

I love finding out-of-the-box inspirations and blending them with what I’ve done in the past. And when I started to experiment with genres, it didn’t sound forced. Maybe that’s because it’s all music that I listened to growing up, and it’s all music that I love.

— Avicii

So with truth – there is a certain moment when one can say, this is the truth and here I put a dot, a stop, and I go to another thing. A judge has to put an end to a deliberation. But for a historian, there’s never an end to the past. It can go on and on and on.

— A. B. Yehoshua

I can’t tell you where a poem comes from, what it is, or what it is for: nor can any other man. The reason I can’t tell you is that the purpose of a poem is to go past telling, to be recognised by burning.

— A. R. Ammons

I think rock ‘n’ roll would become exponentially, considerably more difficult to perform past about 65.

— Adam Clayton

In Czechoslovakia in 1968, communist reformers appealed to democratic ideals that were deeply rooted in the country’s pre-second world war past.

— Adam Michnik

I mean, I’ve been stupid in the past, and I’ve learned from that.

— Aidan Quinn

At readings, audience members sometimes ask if I keep writing past the two hours if I’m on a roll, but I don’t. I figure that if I’m on a roll, it’s partially because I know I’m about to stop.

— Aimee Bender

We did a ‘Vanity Fair’ spread for ‘The Hunger Games,’ and we were on set, and I saw a little head pop up from the tree. There were three teenage girls who snuck past security and made it into the forest.

— Alexander Ludwig

To map the Governor General’s Award is to map both the past and the future of Canadian literature, and to be nominated for my first book is wonderful.

— Alexi Zentner

We’re well past the end of the century when time, for the first time, curved, bent, slipped, flash forwarded, and flashed back yet still kept rolling along. We know it all now, with our thoughts traveling at the speed of a tweet, our 140 characters in search of a paragraph. We’re post-history. We’re post-mystery.

— Ali Smith

I think Twitter is such a cool thing because it really is a direct line to the fans and for fans back to you, and it’s such a new thing. I think in the past there’s been usually fan mail and that’s really good, but Twitter, it gets an immediate response.

— Alison Brie

Over the past years, I have lectured many times on the Cuban missile crisis, most provocatively to 200 senior officers of the former Soviet army in Moscow in 1991, among them KGB generals. There, my knowledge of Penkovsky’s role was thoroughly confirmed, and so was the Soviet military men’s residual sense of humiliation at Khrushchev’s ‘blink’.

— Alistair Horne

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

If we do not act quickly, Jaxport will fall behind competitors on the East Coast – and the economic engine that has driven this community for the past decade will be put in danger.

— Ander Crenshaw

I have had no concerns in the past and have none moving forward regarding the Navy’s ability to effectively address any potential natural or man-made threat to Naval Station Mayport and any military asset located there, including any future nuclear aircraft carrier.

— Ander Crenshaw

Basically, fundamentalism is a modern phenomenon. In the same way that Hitler evoked a mythological religion of German purity and the glory of the past, the Islamists use religion to evoke emotions and passions in people who have been oppressed for a long time in order to reach their purpose.

— Azar Nafisi

Thus the regime has deprived Iranian women not just of their present rights, but also of their history and their past.

— Azar Nafisi

In the past 30 years, officials of the Iranian regime and its apologists have labeled criticism, especially with regard to women’s rights, as anti-Islamic and pro-Western, justifying its brutalities by ascribing them to Islam and Iran’s culture.

— Azar Nafisi

The stories from Iran’s present and past are reminders that freedom, democracy and human rights, or fundamentalism, fascism and terrorism are not geographically and culturally determined, but universal.

— Azar Nafisi

In the past, the West had tried to export one formula of democracy which should fit to the rest of the world, and they discovered that this doesn’t work.

— Abdul Aziz Al Ghurair

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

— Abraham Cowley

I have the same sense of discovery and exhilaration from objects of design and everyday use – I am inspired by the buildings in my city, by park greenery and dazzling store windows, by the jaunty strollers and umbrellas and billboards I walk past. Just strolling our streets, we encounter creativity every single day.

— Agnes Gund

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

The only way to security for Israel and a humane life for Palestinians in their own land is political. No matter where the fault for past negotiating failures lies, there is no other path.

— Anthony Lewis

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

By all means, let us study the great writers of the past for their own sakes, but let us study them for our guidance: that we, in our turn, having (it is to be hoped) something to say in our span of time, say it worthily, not dwindling out the large utterance of Shakespeare or of Burke.

— Arthur Quiller-Couch

Against Knowledge I have, as the light cynic observed of a certain lady’s past, only one serious objection – that there is so much of it.

— Arthur Quiller-Couch

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

Well, in the past, the size of government was one of the more fundamental dividing lines between Right and Left. The Right was supposed to represent the small government philosophy – limited spending, low taxes. Obviously, things have shifted.

— Andrew Sullivan

Once when I was 16 I had my car taken away from me for being past curfew. Oh, and I said a bad word once, and I actually did get my mouth washed out with soap.

— Ashlee Simpson

The present and the past coexist, but the past shouldn’t be in flashback.

— Alain Resnais

Trust me, my runners aren’t going to run one event while looking past it to the second event. When they get on the line for the 10K, that’s a do-or-die situation for them.

— Alberto Salazar

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

I remember when my father passed away, we drove the funeral procession past the bank so he could say one last goodbye. That’s how much the bank meant to my father.

— Alexi Giannoulias

In the past, I’ve thrown myself into work so much there’s been very little room for anything else.

— Amanda Holden

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

— Amber Frey

I used to stay up at night and sneak into the TV room, past my parents, who were asleep, to watch Saturday Night’s ‘Main Event.’ That’s how I started watching SNL. On accident.

— Andy Samberg

Without qualification, I am grateful to and have the highest regard and respect for all of the wonderful people on ‘Two and Half Men’ with whom I have worked and over the past ten years who have become an extension of my family.

— Angus T. Jones

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

One of my favorite activities when I was a teenager was going riding on the back of a horse with a friend of mine. Because we were rather high up, I could see into peoples’ lighted windows as we trotted past. Questions would rise up inside: Who lives there? Are they happy? What are they doing? Any dogs or cats in sight?

— Ann Turner

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

True conservatives fear anything that is at odds with the status quo, even to the extent of being unable to recognise when the status quo represents injustice. And reactionary conservatives actually want to tear down the gains of the past.

— Anthony Albanese

You want to evaluate future borrowers, but in order to train an algorithm that will help you identify future defaults, you have to train it and evaluate it on past data.

— Anthony Goldbloom

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

— Antoine Rivarol

During past years, like frightened children, we were afraid to eat the strong meat of human rights and instead sucked the milk of civil rights from the breasts of white liberals, black Uncle Toms, and Aunt Jemimas.

— Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

I feel like a lot of my past career was going to film school, making a lot of different kinds of movies. I made a bunch of comedies, I made one drama and I made a couple musicals.

— Adam Shankman

As an American man of the 1990s writing about a Japanese woman of the 1930s, I needed to cross three cultural divides – man to woman, American to Japanese, and present to past.

— Arthur Golden

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

— Arthur Levitt

The most direct evidence of the wonderful plasticity and elasticity of red corpuscles is obtained when they are watched in a current, where they can be caught against a projecting edge and bent by the pressure of the current flowing past them.

— August Krogh

I’m very grateful and proud of the progress Yahoo! has made over the past year. When I took the position as chairman, I told the board that my intention was to serve for one year in order to help Yahoo! during a critical time of transformation.

— Alfred Amoroso

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

— Alison Lurie

There’s one thing very important to me in business and for the long-term: always be honest with people. For the past 60 years, I always pay my debts.

— Andrew Gotianun

In my past life, I started Moviefone. One of the reasons that I was drawn to do that was because it was just incredibly annoying to go see a movie when it should be the simplest thing in the world. I lived in New York, and it was really difficult to figure out the show times for a movie playing down the street.

— Andrew Jarecki

Over the past decade, prescribing information has grown more and more complex, more and more dense and more difficult to negotiate.

— Andrew von Eschenbach

I think summer has become a venue for TV like it hasn’t been in years past, especially on Sunday nights. I know that when I’m winding down at the end of the weekend, just a really great TV show or movie is exactly what the doctor ordered.

— Anna Wood

In the white community, the path to a more perfect union means acknowledging that what ails the African-American community does not just exist in the minds of black people that the legacy of discrimination – and current incidents of discrimination, while less overt than in the past – are real and must be addressed.

— Barack Obama

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

— Barbara De Angelis

If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.

— Baruch Spinoza

I had many opportunities to get behind products in the past, and I was always careful to evaluate all of them. I will not put my name to shoddy items.

— Bear Grylls

In the past, Federal Reserve chairmen have not generally gone directly to the public.

— Ben Bernanke

The Israeli government has proved over the past year its commitment to peace, both in words and deeds. By contrast, the Palestinians are posing preconditions for renewing the diplomatic process in a way they have not done over the course of 16 years.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

Racial profiling punishes innocent individuals for the past actions of those who look and sound like them. It misdirects crucial resources and undercuts the trust needed between law enforcement and the communities they serve. It has no place in our national discourse, and no place in our nation’s police departments.

— Benjamin Todd Jealous

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

— Bernard Baruch

I think when you’re in your 20s, going from adolescence to about 24, I think your life is a series of emotional storms that you have to weather. Life is more emotional at that time, and you’re less equipped to deal with what life throws at you. I always think that if you can get past 24, than life really starts at that point.

— Bernard Sumner

If something I do now sounds like something I did in the past, it’s because I played it. I can’t help sounding like myself. That’s going to happen. The things that I play on guitar that resonate with me are probably the same things that resonated with me when I started playing in Joy Division.

— Bernard Sumner

Doing everything with one arm, being well-known, and having a book and a movie, it’s fairly abnormal. As far as just not having to worry about past experiences, I’ve healed very well.

— Bethany Hamilton

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

I feel like I’m able to relate to all races of people because when you learn to tap into the raw emotion of a person, that goes past color.

— Big Sean

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

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

— Bill Cosby

Unlike science, creationism cannot predict anything, and it cannot provide satisfactory answers about the past.

— Bill Nye

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

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

— Blaise Pascal

In country music, one of the ways we may have gone wrong in the past is trying to be politically correct all the time.

— Blake Shelton

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

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

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

— Bob Dylan

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

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

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

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 found in the past when I did a bit of punditry, I was very conscious of not saying anything negative about people I played against, because players are elephants and they remember when someone says something – I stored things for years and just waited for my opportunity.

— Brian O’Driscoll

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

— Buddha

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

— Brad Henry

Somebody who can reckon with the past, who can live with the past in the present, and move towards the future – that’s fabulous.

— Bruce Springsteen

My only general rule was to steer away from things I played with the band over the past couple of tours. I was interested in re-shaping the Rising material for live shows, so people could hear the bare bones of that.

— Bruce Springsteen

Exploring and colonizing Mars can bring us new scientific understanding of climate change, of how planet-wide processes can make a warm and wet world into a barren landscape. By exploring and understanding Mars, we may gain key insights into the past and future of our own world.

— Buzz Aldrin

Certainly, I’ve never wanted to live on past achievements.

— Buzz Aldrin

John Wells let me write a couple of West Wings, which was an incredible gift. I loved it once I got past the brain injury part of it, and so I’m working on a couple of things that are far from fruition, but what I want to pursue.

— Bradley Whitford

In the past, some of the songs that were the most fun, and the most entertaining and rocking, fell by the wayside because I was concerned with what I was going to say and how I was going to say it.

— Bruce Springsteen

There are such beings as vampires, some of us have evidence that they exist. Even had we not the proof of our own unhappy experience, the teachings and the records of the past give proof enough for sane peoples.

— Bram Stoker

With so many of our fundamental rights hanging in the balance, it is not good enough to simply roll the dice, hoping a nominee has changed his past views. It’s not good enough to think, ‘This is the best we can expect from this president’.

— Barbara Boxer

Luckily, my wife is amazing. She’s one of the few people in my life I’m completely honest with. I’ve told her everything about my past. She knows me inside and out. There’s no secrets at all.

— Brendon Urie

I think if you believe in past lives, I must have been an extremely deprived being. I must have been mistreated, beaten, and forced into indentured servitude because this life has just been phenomenal.

— Bryan Cranston

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

— Barbara Tuchman

People forget that although we can pinpoint the price, we can only guess at future earnings. The past isn’t much help: It simply tells whether a market was pricey or cheap.

— Barry Ritholtz

Even in past years, when I wasn’t in the Super Bowl, I wished I was.

— Brett Favre

I do sometimes look back at things I’ve written in the past, and think, ‘I just don’t remember being the person who wrote that.’

— Brian Eno

A way to make new music is to imagine looking back at the past from a future and imagine music that could have existed but didn’t. Like East African free jazz, which as far as I know does not exist.

— Brian Eno

In the past it seemed like I was making fun of rap a little bit. But it was more me making fun of myself, since I’m not technically a rapper, whatever that means.

— Beck

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 was in school to play basketball I wasn’t trying to be a doctor. It’s hard to talk about the NCAA rules and everything that happened in the past because I’ve just been focused on practicing and getting ready… I was trying to reach my dreams, and that’s to play in the NBA.

— Ben Simmons

I’ve been back to the Kansas City area a lot in the past. My sisters went to college in the area. My brother went to college in the area. I’ve got friends there, so there’s some ties to the area.

— Ben Zobrist

My first novel, ‘The Tiger’s Daughter,’ embodies the loneliness I felt but could not acknowledge, even to myself, as I negotiated the no man’s land between the country of my past and the continent of my present.

— Bharati Mukherjee

As you get larger, it is harder to have focused discussions. Because one of the things I’ve learned about Congress over the past four years that I’ve been in is there’s no shortage of opinions about how things should be done on any particular subject.

— Bill Flores

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

Many people, companies, and organizations are trying to protect the past at any cost. We see this regularly in business as the incumbent vs. innovator fight, but I think it’s more profound than that. It’s literally a difference in point of view.

— Brad Feld

In the past, I tried to be more of a typical session guitarist. I wasn’t so concerned with impressing anybody.

— Brad Paisley

We can get much better outcomes from people if we understand the genetic basis of the exact cancer that they have, what interventions might be most effective against it, what’s worked in the past and what hasn’t.

— Bill Maris

Hundreds of years ago, the most beautiful women of Havana were only glimpsed stepping in or out of carriages on this street. The first foreign writers who arrived and saw this could never get past just how incredibly beautiful their feet were.

— Brin-Jonathan Butler

Sooner rather than later, any other form other than digital media will be a thing of the past. It won’t vanish, but let’s face it, this is seemingly the way of the future.

— Billy Gibbons

I believe everything negative that happens in your life is for a positive reason. If your heart breaks, you know that you are a human being and it happens. But you can’t mope over it. There’s only one life. You better get on ahead and fast. Fast enough not to let your past ever catch up with you.

— Bipasha Basu

I ride my bike past the Danish Parliament, and it’s very accessible – there’s really no security!

— Birgitte Hjort Sorensen

When thinking about the future, it is fashionable to be pessimistic. Yet the evidence unequivocally belies such pessimism. Over the past centuries, humanity’s lot has improved dramatically – in the developed world, where it is rather obvious, but also in the developing world, where life expectancy has more than doubled in the past 100 years.

— Bjorn Lomborg

We worry about the seemingly ever-increasing number of natural catastrophes. Yet this is mainly a consequence of CNN – we see many more, but the number is roughly constant, and we manage to deal much better with them over time. Globally, the death rate from catastrophes has dropped about fifty-fold over the past century.

— Bjorn Lomborg

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

The reality is the world’s shifted the world’s evolved. We now measure ourself by total device space. We have a much bigger opportunity than we’ve ever had in the past to grow our business, but we have to rethink how we look at our business.

— B. Kevin Turner

It’s very intense to go back to the past and revive work that I’ve already experienced and moved forward from. It’s like seeing an old girlfriend – awkward at times, nostalgic at times and downright maddening and embarrassing.

— Barry McGee

Above Coblentz almost every mountain has a ruin and a legend. One feels everywhere the spirit of the past, and its stirring recollections come back upon the mind with irresistible force.

— Bayard Taylor

I have always lived according to my conscience, and my past is clean.

— Bidzina Ivanishvili

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

I feel really humbled and really grateful to have the opportunities that I’ve had over the past couple of years to work with some amazing people. I think, at this point, I just want to put my head down and grind and do honest work.

— Ben Schnetzer

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

I’m not trying to hide from my past. I want to roll in it. Like a dog, rolling in feces, I’m rolling in the feces of my greatest hits – that’s a bit of a wild way of looking at it, but I am a man, and we do like rolling in our own feces at times.

— Billy Idol

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

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

I don’t have a dark side as far as there is, like, murder in my past, but yeah, I think I’m a pretty nice, easygoing guy.

— Bobby Moynihan

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

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

— Barney Oliver

I spent most of the ’60s, when I was starting to try to write novels, living and working in Greece and Turkey. These are countries where the ancient past is interfused with the daily present, and I remember being struck with wonder at the constant sense of continuity and connection, the reminders that lie in wait for you at every turn.

— Barry Unsworth

Life is funny, and a lot of times, the people that I’ve met have really gone past anything that I’ve ever dreamed of, so I’m really grateful. My friendships really go from the West to the East. You’d be amazed at some of the people I call friends.

— BeBe Winans

We are always taking a hard look at how life was in the past in coming up with interesting subject matter for our various series, and remembering how much I used to want an encyclopedia as a kid made me realize wanting a set is very unlikely for teens today, and that conversation would be interesting.

— Benny Fine

My very addictive personality and all sorts of strongholds are a thing of the past for me. Yet at the root of every single one of those issues was insecurity, something I had battled since childhood.

— Beth Moore

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

I’m not trying to be evasive, but when I say yes and no, I say ‘yes’ because there are narrow-minded people that won’t look past the logo and ‘no’ because ‘American Idol’ put me in front of millions of people and I would not have a career without ‘Idol.’

— Bo Bice

Whether you want to lose 20 pounds or 200, what the contestants on ‘The Biggest Loser’ have learned – and taught me – holds true: You’ve got to make a break. You’ve got to divorce yourself from the past and find a different way of living. And you can never go back.

— Bob Harper

If a man is a writer, everybody tiptoes around past the locked door of the breadwinner. But if you’re an ordinary female housewife, people say, ‘This is just something Barbara wanted to do it’s not professional.’

— Barbara W. Tuchman

That’s the best thing that classic can do, is it can return to us from our own past to give us lessons about the future, and it can give us a sense of both who we were and who we could become.

— Bartlett Sher

It is correct that I overlooked the contamination of the party, not just now but also in the past.

— Bela Kun

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

— Berenice Abbott

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

It can be rebuilt if other countries with selfish interests will not meddle, as has been done in the past.

— Bulent Ecevit

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

Upsetting the dope is a favorite pastime in baseball. Past performances count for but little in the national pastime. Reputations don’t get you anywhere. A club is judged solely on results, and to get results, you must win ball games.

— Billy Evans

I don’t watch my own past films: when I watch them, I find they don’t work very well, because I have changed. If I continue to make films, in fact, it is because I always want to repair my films. My inner rhythm has changed I have changed. I have changed my way to film.

— Bruno Dumont

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

A lot of people think I had such a rosy career, but I wanted to identify that one of the things that helps you have a long career is learning how to deal with adversity, how to get past it. Once I learned how to get through that, others things didn’t seem so hard.

— Cal Ripken, Jr.

Over the past 20 years, I have noticed that the most flexible, dynamic, inquisitive minds among my students have been industrial design majors. Industrial designers are bracingly free of ideology and cant. The industrial designer is trained to be a clear-eyed observer of the commercial world – which, like it or not, is modern reality.

— Camille Paglia

Mad Men’ doesn’t capture one single thing about the decor, costumes, or sexual interaction. It is a total projection of contemporary snarky attitudes into the past.

— Camille Paglia

Are we like late Rome, infatuated with past glories, ruled by a complacent, greedy elite, and hopelessly powerless to respond to changing conditions?

— Camille Paglia

I love things that are old and glittery, that come with layers of glamour and past lives.

— Candace Bushnell

You can do the best research and be making the strongest intellectual argument, but if readers don’t get past the third paragraph you’ve wasted your energy and valuable ink.

— Carl Hiaasen

Grounded in the natural philosophy of the Middle Ages, alchemy formed a bridge: on the one hand into the past, to Gnosticism, and on the other into the future, to the modern psychology of the unconscious.

— Carl Jung

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

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

I’ve had work done on my eyes in the past. However, I think there are limits. I wouldn’t ever have too much done, as it looks unnatural, and I don’t think you should do anything to your lips, as it changes the entire shape of your face.

— Carolina Herrera

If interviewers are prejudiced against women or Hispanics, for example, a face-to-face interview will predictably result in discrimination. Reliance on tests, or on actual or past performance, can promote equality.

— Cass Sunstein

I suppose the more established one gets, you have what’s called a reputation, and so you want to protect that and preserve that. And I think the bravery really comes in one’s mid career where you then are constantly trying to move beyond that and move past that, because those so-called successors can become shackles.

— Cate Blanchett

We should not fret for what is past, nor should we be anxious about the future men of discernment deal only with the present moment.

— Chanakya

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

— Charles Dickens

In the past, NASDAQ has defended flash orders.

— Charles Duhigg

I’m not someone who dwells upon past events, taking the view that life is too short.

— Charles Kennedy

As a Scot, representing a Scottish constituency for almost the past 25 years, I do not harbour an overweening ambition to pronounce on each and every matter exclusively English.

— Charles Kennedy

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

I do try not to dwell on the past too much, because I have a tendency to do that, and as I’ve gotten older, I’ve gotten very good at distancing myself from shoulda, woulda, coulda.

— Charlie Hunnam

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

Some years I’m the coolest thing that ever happened, and then the next year everyone’s so over me, and I’m just so past my sell date.

— Cher

Bali is one of my favorite places in the world. In one of my past lives, I believe I was living on the island of Bali.

— Chip Conley

And on this you have my pledge – unlike in the past, when you stood up and did what was right, this governor will not pull the rug out from underneath you – I will sign strong reform bills.

— Chris Christie

The past is the past, but if you’re overanalyzing or trying to repeat it, you’re gonna get stuck. I just had a wonderful youth, and I loved everything about it, so I really try and hang on to it.

— Chris Evans

The Navy credits me with more kills as a sniper than any other American service member, past or present.

— Chris Kyle

I think it’s a very healthy thing to learn from what’s happened in the past. But only if you look at what happened and think, ‘How could I have dealt with that differently?’ Then let it go.

— Chris Pine

I realized with Broadway everything written for black people is usually written in the past, and I’m kind of a contemporary guy. I don’t think you want to see me in ‘Raisin in the Sun’.

— Chris Rock

I went backwards and forwards over it until I was 22. And then in the past few years I began to say to myself, OK, look, I’m not messing around. This is something I want to attack, instead of thinking, I’ll just see what happens with it.

— Christian Bale

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

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

Every decade, we get a stunning collection of dynamic, heartbreaking short stories. In the past, those collections came from Barry Hannah, Mark Richard, and Thom Jones.

— Chuck Palahniuk

My personal theory is that younger audiences disdain books – not because those readers are dumber than past readers, but because today’s reader is smarter.

— Chuck Palahniuk

There are some songs where you’re like, ‘I really like this song,’ and it just didn’t work out how you thought it would. That’s life. You win some, you lose some. You can’t dwell on it. I can’t be worried about the past.

— Ciara

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

I think you really have to remember what you loved about making music in the first place. Ultimately, people can be like, ‘We’ve seen this dude in many movies,’ but if they hear a song and they’re feeling it, they can look past all the personal things and not hold it against you that you’re also an actor.

— Common

Study the past, if you would divine the future.

— Confucius

Memories are the key not to the past, but to the future.

— Corrie Ten Boom

We also must pull from our highest ideals of justice and protect against those ills that destabilized our economy – like predatory lending, over-leveraged financial institutions and the unchecked avarice of the past that trumped fairness and common sense. Our platform calls for significant cuts in federal spending.

— Cory Booker

I think sometimes that people think brave means not being afraid, which of course it doesn’t mean that at all. It means that you’re afraid, but you move past that and do it anyway, do what you think is right.

— Craig Ferguson

In the past, geneticists have looked at so-called disease genes, but a lot of people have changes in their genes and don’t get these diseases. There have to be other parts of physiology and genetics that compensate.

— Craig Venter

The whole enterprise of teaching managers is steeped in the ethic of data-driven analytical support. The problem is, the data is only available about the past. So the way we’ve taught managers to make decisions and consultants to analyze problems condemns them to taking action when it’s too late.

— Clayton M. Christensen

I guess maybe when you get past 70, other people start asking you how you feel.

— Clint Eastwood

In past generations, people would try to play younger than they really are. My trick is, I don’t try to play younger than I really am.

— Clint Eastwood

Out of frustration, I say things. Now, people listen to me so much I can say it under my breath and everybody hears me… I said in the past that I’m a work in progress, and I feel like I’m progressing.

— Curtis Jackson

For the past few centuries, we have defined beauty as tall, slender figures, femininity and white skin.

— Cameron Russell

In the governments, as we’ve witnessed in the past, they had to hide. Because there’s a lot of concentration on the friends-and-family club… We’re not about that. That’s not the government of the future of the State of New York. What’s gonna pull this state out of the doldrums that it’s in right now is an honest and open government.

— Carl Paladino

Sharing the holiday with other people, and feeling that you’re giving of yourself, gets you past all the commercialism.

— Caroline Kennedy

You can’t dwell in your past but move forward, look forward. That’s it.

— Caroline Wozniacki

Ah, beware of snobbery it is the unwelcome recognition of one’s own past failings.

— Cary Grant

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

Some say that the age of chivalry is past, that the spirit of romance is dead. The age of chivalry is never past, so long as there is a wrong left unredressed on earth.

— Charles Kingsley

Luckily, I’m not a stand-up comedian, so I don’t get the fear of standing on stage in front of a dead audience: my humorous pieces have to make it past an editor before they get exposed to the public.

— Charles Stross

Everyone’s gone through a breakup, and I’ve dated girls in the past where… I’ve never had a messy breakup, thankfully, but I’m never the one to end it. I’m always caught off guard as to why things ended because I guess I’m oblivious in a way.

— Charlie Puth

I mean, I’m new but I’ve always been very interested in film making process and I’ve been lucky enough to work with film makers in my past that have been very encouraging to let me hang around. I get so emotionally vested – that the producer part of me was natural.

— Charlize Theron

The truth is, it’s a totalitarian dictatorship when you’re making films. You are the boss. You can listen to other people, and it can be a benevolent dictatorship, but it’s a dictatorship nonetheless. A lot of directors go past their first experience, that’s what they’ve come away with.

— Chiwetel Ejiofor

When I say I hate nostalgia, I hate things set in the recent past where everything is shiny and new.

— Chris O’Dowd

Every White House Correspondents’ Dinner for the past three years, I have broken my dress and can’t even zip it, so we have to leave – that’s why I’ve missed every carpet appearance. One time, we had to go into Virginia to find me a new dress.

— Chrissy Teigen

What would we do without plaques to tell us who lived where and when? They introduce the past into the present, and are the quickest and most interesting way of reminding us that our streets exist above and beyond the here-and-now.

— Craig Brown

To my mind, one does not put oneself in place of the past one only adds a new link.

— Cy Twombly

I’d been told, or warned, that when you paint one room, not only will it look nice, but it will also make the room next to it look as if raccoons have been living in it for the past decade.

— Christopher Buckley

Biographers use historians more than historians use biographers, although there can be two-way traffic – e.g., the ever-growing production of biographies of women is helping to change the general picture of the past presented by historians.

— Claire Tomalin

When you are alone and too tired even to turn on any of your devices, you let yourself linger in a past stacked among your pillows.

— Claudia Rankine

I think it would be shocking for me to pretend not to have any past. And also, it would be a lie.

— Carla Bruni

I think one of the biggest political failures, and the biggest social failures, over the past few years has been the failure of empathy not being able to look at the other person down the street.

— Colum McCann

Mitt Romney would move the Court even further right, putting landmark decisions like Roe v. Wade at risk. Some say Romney would repeat the past. I disagree – he’d be worse.

— Chuck Schumer

In Los Angeles you get the sense sometimes that there’s a mysterious patrol at night: when the streets are empty and everyone’s asleep, they go erasing the past. It’s like a bad Ray Bradbury story – ‘The Memory Erasers’.

— Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The United States is a proud, determined, hard-working, talented, patriotic nation and people, and it is not over-extended in the manner of empires of the past that took over the lands of others and eventually collapsed under the weight of the over-ambitious hegemon.

— Conrad Black

The people that become the biggest jokes are people who do not change. They stay the way they were in the past. Look at Michael Jackson, he never evolved.

— Corey Feldman

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

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 always get involved with the environment because once you go past the tipping point with the environment, you don’t get it back.

— Chris Noth

America is a living idea. It isn’t only the tenets of its founding, but also the terms of its future. Every day, we make America. Seeking to preserve and enshrine one vision of this country from one period of its past robs it of what makes it magical: its infinite possibility for adjustment.

— Charles M. Blow

The landscape of the Net has changed that cyberfrontier of the past has become a teeming city of people, transactions, and businesses.

— Charles Platt

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

There was no way to lock down, or tighten up, or Fail-Safe into Security Theater a race that covers 26.2 miles, a race that travels from town to town, a race that travels past people’s houses. There was no way to garrison the Boston Marathon. Now there will be.

— Charlie Pierce

At school, I never had a hold on English history, and cheder was a place run by sadistic incompetents, so I felt alienated from the Jewish part of my past.

— Clive Sinclair

We now know that we cannot continue to put ever-increasing amounts of CO2 into the atmosphere. Actions have consequences. In fact, the consequences of past actions are already in the pipeline. Global temperatures are rising. Glaciers are melting. Sea levels are rising. Extreme weather events are multiplying.

— Cary Fowler

The places I’ve worked in the past, I always stayed three years and moved on.

— Craig Kilborn

I went into the ‘Idol’ audition with no expectations that’s just the kind of person I am. If it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t hurt so badly, you know? But once I made it past the first round, and the second, and third – I started to realize, ‘Maybe my goals and dreams really are attainable.’

— Crystal Bowersox

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

Hebrew in America has a bemusing past. The Puritans, out of scriptural piety, once dreamed of establishing Hebrew as the national language.

— Cynthia Ozick

I’ve heard that many fine artists have to turn their ‘finished’ paintings to face the wall – otherwise, every time they walk past, they are tempted to pick up a brush and make small adjustments here and there.

— Cecilia Dart-Thornton

These past years, as we have been recovering and given our city a rebirth, we have been encouraged by our faith, knowledge, and steadfast belief that we will pull through. There will be challenges and setbacks, as there have already been, but we will continue, and we the citizens of New Orleans will prevail in bringing our city back.

— Cedric Richmond

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

When we think about the past, we think, ‘It must have been so boring.’ It’s actually not.

— Caitriona Balfe

4chan is a framework of pictures and text. I’ve always been extremely hands-off with dictating what gets posted, past general categories and rules. I support providing a place to discuss anything, although I don’t agree with everything that’s posted.

— Christopher Poole

It’s interesting because I haven’t done a lot of period work in the past, but I always wanted to because I’m interested in history.

— Colm Meaney

Although I like the work I’ve done in the past, I like what I’m writing now even more.

— Cynthia Weil

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

I actually don’t read comic books. I did when I was a kid – I used to read a lot of ‘X-Men’ comic books. I read a couple ‘Scott Pilgrim’ this past year, and those are really good, but I don’t read in general, unfortunately.

— Charlyne Yi

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

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

I have always wanted to make paintings that are impossible to walk past, paintings that grab and hold your attention. The more you look at them, the more satisfying they become for the viewer. The more time you give to the painting, the more you get back.

— Cecily Brown

Whereas in the past optimism had been regarded as rather shallow – because ‘oh well, it’s just your temperament, you happen to be just a cheerful sort of person’ – what I wanted to do was to establish that in fact it is the pessimists who are allowing all kinds of errors to creep into their work.

— Colin Wilson

In the past I’d always felt like ‘the girl’ in the show or the movie. On ‘Friday Night Lights’ there were a bunch of girls, and I was the woman. Initially there was a little struggle with my identity around that. But now there’s a sense of ease.

— Connie Britton

Broadly speaking, there are two approaches to crime: the realistically detailed police procedural, usually grim and downbeat, and the more left-field, joyous theatre of ideas in which past masters once specialised. Knowing that I would never be able to handle the former, I set about reviving the latter.

— Christopher Fowler

For the past two years, the only thing the ‘Idol’ machine has been doing has been maliciously attacking my name.

— Corey Clark

At the end of the day, it is about the album and book and also about setting the record straight, because ‘American Idol’ has done a great job of defaming my name and throwing a lot of mud at me for the past two years. So that set up a lot of roadblocks for me.

— Corey Clark

American Idol’ has done a great job of defaming my name and throwing a lot of mud at me for the past two years, so that set up a lot of roadblocks for me.

— Corey Clark

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

Most industrial designers do a bottle or a pen or a computer – things that go right past your eye. When you see a chair, it’s almost like a person. It’s this great big thing in front of you. It hits you more.

— Charles Pollock

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

When it comes to America’s economy, the truth is that Mitt Romney believes that the key to our country’s economic future lies in the failed policies of the past, the same ones that put banks before people, Wall Street before Main Street, plunging us into recession and devastating the middle class.

— Charlie Gonzalez

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

— Dan Quayle

I can’t lie – I love talking to the people at my shows. I’m so grateful to all my fans. I couldn’t do it for this long without them. So if they want to come past to say hi and whatnot, then it’s part of my job to talk to them – and you know, it might be the best part of my job, too.

— Chuck Brown

When you’ve moved past a point where you’re just scrambling for jobs, you think about the things that you want to do. And the things that you want to do are governed by what you’ve seen, what you choose to embrace.

— Danny Glover

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

In the past, human society provided encouragement and opportunity for people to extend support to each other, especially in highly stressful situations.

— Daisaku Ikeda

The Chinese government wants me to say that for many centuries Tibet has been part of China. Even if I make that statement, many people would just laugh. And my statement will not change past history. History is history.

— Dalai Lama

In short, we need to recover the courage we celebrate in our heroes, and in particular, the courage to tolerate, for the sake of a free society, a level of risk we hardly ever imagined in the past.

— Daniel Dennett

I do still get shocked every once in a while when I catch my reflection when I’m walking past a glass building, but it’s in my mind about getting older and finding out what I’m going to look like as it unfolds – or as it folds, depending on where the marks and scars land.

— Dave Matthews

I definitely like the oddballs. There’s a song called ‘Little Thing,’ which is the only song that I have recorded that has no words. And it’s the one that I get past my critic inside me.

— Dave Matthews

One thing we have lost, that we had in the past, is a sense of progress, that things are getting better. There is a sense of volatility, but not of progress.

— Daniel Kahneman

Perhaps cliche is nothing more than the weight of the past pinning down your mind. In this sense, imaginative freedom is a way of finding the future, though it isn’t so easy to do.

— Damon Galgut

Any radical change or trauma always makes for interesting subject matter, but then all stories deal, to some extent, with the disjuncture between past and present.

— Damon Galgut

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

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

I’m well past the age where I’m acceptable. You get to a certain age and you are forbidden access. You’re not going to get the kind of coverage that you would like in music magazines, you’re not going to get played on radio and you’re not going to get played on television. I have to survive on word of mouth.

— David Bowie

When I was 18, I thought that, to be a romantic, you couldn’t live past 30.

— David Bowie

Why not invest in the future of music, instead of building fortresses to preserve its past?

— David Byrne

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

— Denis Waitley

In the past, great communicators were great orators, but great communicators today sound conversational, and interrupting is common in conversation. And public discourse is now more about entertainment than enlightenment.

— Deborah Tannen

You have to, as an individual, know how to tune that stage of your life that’s in the past out.

— Deontay Wilder

If I have to go through Fury after my Povetkin fight – and I never look past my next fight I am not that foolish – to get those belts, I would love to fight him next.

— Deontay Wilder

First of all, you can make the argument that there’s no such thing as the past. Nobody lived in the past.

— David McCullough

I’ve become a less brave traveller since I became a dad, but in the past I was more foolhardy than brave.

— David Mitchell

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 I just do everything the opposite of what my dad did, I think that will make things pretty easy. I can joke about it now because I’m past that stage where it used to hurt. By having a kid, it’s gone. I could take all that negative energy that I had and put it in a positive way.

— Derrick Rose

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

The future doesn’t exist. The only thing that exists is now and our memory of what happened in the past. But because we invented the idea of a future, we’re the only animal that realized we can affect the future by what we do today.

— David Suzuki

They did ask me to do ‘Dancing With The Stars’ I said I can do one show, but on that show you have to come up with a new number every week, and I told them that I think I’m a little past that stage.

— Dick Van Dyke

I think as someone who collects beautiful things from the past, the thing that I miss the most about modernism and the things I lament about the past are everyday things that you would use were made more beautifully.

— Dita Von Teese

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

We are not post-racial. And in many ways we don’t even know how to have a conversation about being post-racial. Until we get out of that old-school way of thinking about race and opportunity and the ability to transcend some of the past of this country, then we’re going to be stuck in the 20th-century conversation about race.

— Donna Brazile

What society doesn’t realize is that in the past, ordinary people respected learning. They respected books, and they don’t now, or not very much. That whole respect for serious literature and learning has disappeared.

— Doris Lessing

Always remember those things that tend to strengthen and improve your understanding. You cannot learn without attention, neither retain those lessons that you have once learnt without frequently reflecting upon and reviewing them in your mind by this means, things long past will remain impressed upon your memory.

— Dorothea Dix

Most people have no idea how to politely answer a phone. The English do, and it’s been their only major business advantage for the past two centuries.

— Douglas Coupland

Everybody past a certain age, regardless of how they look on the outside, pretty much constantly dreams of being able to escape from their lives.

— Douglas Coupland

It also allows you to look as though you’re not particularly from the present, future or past, either.

— Douglas Coupland

As Apple continues to release new styles of netbooks, laptops, and even desktops with untold movie-watching and game-playing capabilities, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the iPhone operating system running on them – and the Macintosh eventually becoming a thing of the past.

— Douglas Rushkoff

On Facebook, your past comes into your present when someone from your second grade class suddenly pops up to send you a message, and your future is being manipulated by what Facebook knows to put in front of you next.

— Douglas Rushkoff

I am not someone who is ashamed of my past. I’m actually really proud. I know I made a lot of mistakes, but they, in turn, were my life lessons.

— Drew Barrymore

In the past, a lot of films based on video games think that the audience wants to experience what it’s like to play the game, and that’s absolutely not the case.

— Duncan Jones

I think there are a number of things that you can do to encourage your kids’ dreams, but I do believe in speaking by experience of having a lot of help along the way, stumbling in the past. We’ve all stumbled, and we certainly all deserve to get up and walk again.

— Dwayne Johnson

Yes, it’s true – I love the roar of the crowd. When the fans are with you, their voices come together in a big booming rush of sound that you can actually feel in your body – almost like a wave that lifts you and carries you past your own limits.

— Dwyane Wade

There is a statistic I heard a number of years ago: if you know somebody who is 85 years old, that person was born into a world that had a third as many people as the world does today. The population has tripled in the past 85 years.

— Dan Brown

We own the economy. We own the beginning of the turnaround and we want to make sure that we continue that pace of recovery, not go back to the policies of the past under the Bush administration that put us in the ditch in the first place.

— Debbie Wasserman Schultz

People used to say everyone knows someone who’s had breast cancer. In the past few weeks, I’ve learned something else: Everyone has someone close to them who has had breast cancer.

— Debbie Wasserman Schultz

The term we use on our team is ‘reset’: when you go through, whether it’s a negative play or a negative drive, and you get your next opportunity – not focusing on the past, but going back into your attack mode.

— Dan Quinn

What frustrates U.S. officials is that China sometimes seems more comfortable accommodating a strong United States, as it did in past decades, than partnering with an America that’s less dominant.

— David Ignatius

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

All of my peers died of AIDS, and I have no one to celebrate my past or my journey, or to help me pass down stories to the next generation. We lost an entire generation of storytellers with HIV.

— David Mixner

I’ve had varying luck with comedy in the past, but I’d really like to give that another go. I don’t know if I’d chase down a part, but if the right thing came along I could certainly see myself stepping into that zone.

— Dennis Quaid

I have made mistakes in the past, but when I have, I have always said so.

— David Blunkett

If you don’t have your experiences in the moment, if you gloss them over with jokes or zoom past them, you end up with curiously dispassionate memories.

— David Rakoff

Over the past several years, I’ve been more in a managerial role.

— Dennis Ritchie

I shot ‘Blue Valentine’ on 16mm for the past, and for the present on the Red Camera. I feel that both formats are valid. The stories should dictate the format we shoot on. Filmmakers should have a choice.

— Derek Cianfrance

The very purpose of the Bill of Rights and the Constitution is to protect minority rights against majority voters. Every court decision that strikes down discriminatory legislation, including past Supreme Court decisions, affirming the fundamental rights to marry the person you love, overrules a majority decision.

— David Boies

Criticizing Fox News has nothing to do with criticizing the press. Fox News is not a news organization. It is the de facto leader of the GOP, and it is long past time that it is treated as such by the media, elected officials and the public.

— David Brock

Over the past 50 years we got versions of X-ray specs and space vacations, and even death rays. But the X-ray specs don’t fit on your face – they’re big things that screen your luggage for guns. Space vacations are real, but they cost $20 million. We have death rays, but you have to be a triple Ph.D. to play with them.

— Daniel H. Wilson

Probably in 2035 we will pass that mantle on to China. It will be the biggest economy in the world, and it will go way past us and way past India. Given the growth, the size, the opportunities, I don’t think there’s any other place in the world that can match it.

— David Rubenstein

I feel like I’m part of a generation of people who are stuck in the past and are really self-absorbed. I mean, we’re actually taking pictures of ourselves and posting them on Facebook, and keeping in touch with people that should have been out of our lives 15 years ago.

— Diablo Cody

In the past, I’ll admit, I’ve enjoyed being compared to the protagonists in my screenplays.

— Diablo Cody

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

When you realize the value of all life, you dwell on what is past and concentrate more on the preservation of the future.

— Dian Fossey

I have turned away from the thought of writing fiction in the past through what I suppose is, actually, fear. The direct, raw invitation for the reader to come in and explore my imagination is fairly scary for me so I have busied myself with so much else.

— Dawn French

I’m a hoarder. For me, documentation has always been key, and I’ve kept everything from my past.

— Diane Keaton

In the past, a great library was the result of librarians functioning as guardians of culture, tending and caring, selecting and recommending works that maintained and nurtured a cultural heritage.

— David Gerrold

If we learn the art of yielding what must be yielded to the changing present, we can save the best of the past.

— Dean Acheson

With everything that you can imagine at our fingertips, many of the social interactions that help tie people together in a community have faded away. Are communities traditionally built on relationships, trust and familiarity a thing of the past?

— Dean Ornish

Sometimes I feel people can move past what they’ve grown up around and their surroundings while in a place and some people need closure after they’ve left and then coming back. I’ve seen it happen with people I knew growing up that hated each other, and then years later you go home and you see them walking down the street and they have babies.

— Dianna Agron

While your past can inform you and your future can inspire you, the moment of choice exists in the here and now.

— Debbie Ford

If you look to your past or even your present to see why you are here or what your purpose is, you may get stuck in a limited view of yourself. Instead, look beyond your years here on earth, reconnect with the divine, and bring forth your soul’s legacy into the present moment.

— Debbie Ford

New Year’s resolutions often fail because toxic emotions and experiences from our past can sabotage us or keep us stuck with the same old thoughts, patterns and regrets.

— Debbie Ford

An exciting and inspiring future awaits you beyond the noise in your mind, beyond the guilt, doubt, fear, shame, insecurity and heaviness of the past you carry around.

— Debbie Ford

Fear is the culprit that robs us of our greatest lives. And although it’s mostly made up or a learned behavior from our past, almost everybody I’ve ever met in my life struggles with fear.

— Debbie Ford

It is our interpretation of the past, our limiting beliefs, and our undigested pain that stop us from being able to move forward with clear direction.

— Debbie Ford

To transcend limitations and form positive new patterns of life based on who you know you can be rather than who you were yesterday, you must give up the modes of thinking, feeling and behaving that only keep you chained to your past.

— Debbie Ford

Country music is always changing but the Opry is always there to serve as a lighthouse for what country music really is. The past, present and future is all encompassed by not only the physical structure of the building but also the radio show.

— Dierks Bentley

I first came to Brazil in the Sixties. Then I started coming back every year since touring most of the country. I grew to love it, the people, the music. I thought this is where I belong. I’ve been living in Brazil for the past 23 years. I call it my stress-free country.

— Dionne Warwick

My son, Wolf, was born when I was past 40 and the author of a best-selling novel. That means he has grown up a middle-class child – one who sometimes asks me for stories of my childhood but knows nothing of what it means to grow up poor and afraid. I have worked to make sure of that.

— Dorothy Allison

Since the middle of the twentieth century, our understanding of the American past has been revolutionized, in no small part because of our altered conceptions of the place of race in the nation’s history.

— Drew Gilpin Faust

I’ve been approached in the past to option my stories for television, but prior to Evergreen, there were no assurances the production would be filmed in Alaska.

— Dana Stabenow

I don’t really drink very much, although I have abused alcohol in the past.

— Daniel Baldwin

The cutter has really helped me stay in the game longer and helped me get past the five, six innings a little more consistently.

— Drew Pomeranz

I love round people, I love skinny people. I love people in general we’ve got to get past labels and stop being so critical about everything.

— David Arquette

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

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

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

Artistic development is a thing of the past, sadly.

— David Coverdale

When I’m at the greatest odds with my body, it’s usually because I feel my body’s betraying me, whether that’s been in the past, struggling with my weight and feeling that I couldn’t eat what I wanted to eat, or that I couldn’t get my body to do what I wanted it to do.

— Demi Moore

I really have to make sure that I’m staying true to who I am, and that I know my responsibilities to current N.B.A. players, to future N.B.A. players, to our past and retired N.B.A. Players.

— Derek Fisher

Charity fundraisers are nothing new to me. In the past, I have taken part in ski races for hospitals, walks for breast cancer, and long distance bike rides for geriatric care.

— David Sax

Unfortunately, historians have become so absorbed in detailed research that they have tended to neglect the job of building larger-scale maps of the past.

— David Christian

In some ways, writing a novel, especially a novel set in the past and about characters who once lived, is about amassing enough details and arranging them properly in order to offer the reader a verisimilitude that satisfies his or her curiosity about the story at hand.

— David Ebershoff

It may be that the seemingly intrinsic attraction that past time has for me is merely a desire for escapism, as I look out at the nation and world with little optimism.

— David Souter

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

I have in the past overly trusted people and was, in turn, let down by some. Since then, I have learned the difference between putting faith into people and blindly trusting them.

— Do Won Chang

I don’t generally listen to music while working, but sometimes music can help me get past minor writer’s block.

— David Liss

In my research, what I found most interesting was how common and ordinary magic was to people in the past.

— David Liss

In the past, people generally believed they could acquire magic in two ways: through learning the craft, either from another practitioner or from books or through obtaining magic from a powerful being-think Faust or the classic, demonized witch, both of whom get their mojo from Satan.

— David Liss

Already we’re seeing graduates of U.S. higher education going back to their home countries and contributing to societies there, where in the past they would have stayed in the U.S. and built new companies here. We have to have immigration reform that allows talented foreigners to become Americans.

— David Malpass

Emmitt Smith has run past legends, danced with stars and posed for the sculptor crafting his Hall of Fame bust. He’s built upon his athletic talents by working hard, seizing opportunities and reaching out to others for advice when he needed it.

— Don Yaeger

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

— Doris Kearns Goodwin

I knew that alpaca wool, with its cashmere-soft weave, had been transformed into cuddly knick-knacks ranging from pillows to teddy bears. But through selective breeding over the past 6,000 years, alpacas have so diverged from their llama cousins as to become quite different animals.

— David Roberts

Born in 1966, I came of age at the dawn of a revolution. The past was gone we would move on and get over it!

— Deborah Copaken Kogan

I think a lot of us can relate to not choosing to face a painful memory, and something that’s a painful past, and wanting to pretend like it never happened.

— Derek Magyar

Time is a great conference planning our end, and youth is only the past putting a leg forward.

— Djuna Barnes

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

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

Universities used to prepare young adults for the real world. I dare say the graduates today go in without a clue and graduate without a clue. It’s time to acknowledge the college degree is not worth what it was in the past. Times are changing, and so is the way we prepare our youth to survive in a competitive world.

— Dale Archer

If you look at all the vampires in the past, they were sort of decrepit old men. Stephanie Meyers just made it for a new audience. All the vampires are now young men and she describes them as not being ugly.

— Daniel Cudmore

People don’t know the past, even though we live in literate societies, because they don’t trust the sources of the past.

— Daniel Pauly

The Congressional Budget Office tells us that Medicare spending has increased fivefold in the past 42 years, dramatically more than all other categories of federal spending.

— David Limbaugh

The Dorm Room Diet is nothing like the conventional diets you may have tried in the past. It offers guidelines for creating a healthy lifestyle on your own, without the daunting restrictions of a quick-fix diet.

— Daphne Oz

Commanded by God dozens of times in the Hebrew Bible to remember their past, Jews historically obeyed not by recording events but by ritually re-enacting them: by understanding the present through the lens of the past.

— Dara Horn

Memory as an article of faith often comes naturally to writers, who by temperament are likely to be diarists and record keepers, forever searching past events for elusive patterns – and forever believing that such patterns are to be found.

— Dara Horn

I’ve been lucky enough to have flown some very interesting aircraft in the past, but SpaceShipTwo is far and away the most exciting of them all.

— David Mackay

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

I’m a long-time fan of Rob Long, and his books are hugely re-readable, detailing the ins and outs of being a Hollywood comedy writer with a past success but with everything to prove.

— Danny Wallace

I think I’m long past the days where I would go to the store and drop a couple hundred bucks on CDs, so my playlist is gonna be pretty long in the tooth.

— Dave Willis

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

A maverick feels like he has no choice however difficult his choice of expression. In my case, it was going backwards into tonality. It seemed so wrong. The idea that progress is going into the past in a new way is very strange, even though there are precedents.

— David Del Tredici

I wouldn’t put it past God to arrange a virgin birth if He wanted, but I very much doubt if He would.

— David Edward Jenkins

I like to think I would not have approved those methods in the past, but I do not fault those who made the decisions at that time, and I will absolutely defend those who carried out the interrogations within the orders they were given.

— Dennis C. Blair

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

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

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

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

To me the only real star of the movie is the writer. And I work with writers very closely, from outline to first draft and on to the seventh draft, whatever it takes. Then my job is to support the director to make the best movie we can. Some producers try to go past them, but my job is to support them.

— Dino De Laurentiis

Diverse forms of memory can have a variety of gaps. Thus it is possible for me to represent a past situation to myself and be unable to remember my inner behavior in this situation. As I transfer myself back into this situation, a surrogate for the missing memory comes into focus.

— Edith Stein

There is a fine balance between honoring the past and losing yourself in it. For example, you can acknowledge and learn from mistakes you made, and then move on and refocus on the now. It is called forgiving yourself.

— Eckhart Tolle

Memories are thoughts that arise. They’re not realities. Only when you believe that they are real, then they have the power over you. But when you realize it’s just another thought arising about the past, then you can have a spacious relationship with that thought. The thought no longer has you in its grip.

— Eckhart Tolle

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

I’m a writer obsessed with remembering: with remembering the past of America above all – and above all, that of Latin America, intimate land condemned to forgetfulness.

— Eduardo Galeano

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

When I get the ball with my back to goal, I like to be in touching contact. I need to feel the guy. He will try to take the ball, and I will go past him.

— Eden Hazard

I try to be this kind of player: the type who does something whenever he gets the ball. Sometimes in the past, I’ve gone through games where I’ve not touched the ball for 20 or 30 minutes.

— Eden Hazard

Weirdly, the past starts to be about something else. It becomes about style in a way that it wasn’t about, and I don’t mean writing style, but cultural style.

— Eileen Myles

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned, it seems, to direct the Middle East policy of the Obama administration.

— Elliott Abrams

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

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

Longevity is something I never gave a second thought to. I guess it’s the shadow of growing up in post WWII, but I never believed I would live past 20. Here I am though… a senior citizen… my voice and heart are stronger than ever, but boredom is the greatest enemy so I have to be careful not to slip over the edge.

— Eric Burdon

You can feel very quickly as a prisoner of your past, of the memories.

— Eric Cantona

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

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

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

I don’t regret anything I do, ever, whether articles I’ve done or things I’ve said. And as far as what’s happened in the past, I wouldn’t take anything back.

— Eva Longoria

Our present will become the past of other men and women. We depend on them to remember it with the complexity with which it was suffered. As others, once, depended on us.

— Eavan Boland

I had studied Irish history. I had read speeches from the dock. I had tried to fuse the vivid past of my nation with the lost spaces of my childhood. I had learned the battles, the ballads, the defeats. It never occurred to me that eventually the power and insistence of a national tradition would offer me only a new way of not belonging.

— Eavan Boland

There is a recurring temptation for any nation, and for any writer who operates within its field of force, to make an ornament of the past: to turn the losses to victories and to restate humiliations as triumphs.

— Eavan Boland

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

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

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

Both European and American historians have done away with any conceptual limits on what in the past needs and deserves investigating. The result, among other things, has been a flood of works on gender history, black history, and ethnic history of all kinds.

— Edmund Morgan

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

A lot of designers still have nostalgia for the past. As for the furniture in the future, I hope they use less of real wood. Conservation in wood is necessary.

— Elsa Peretti

I’ve featured in some soundtracks in the past, and I would love to do more. I love great soundtracks to movies. Quentin Tarantino always picks amazing soundtracks, so I would like to do something for him or write a song for him.

— Eliza Doolittle

I’d give my right arm to be, like, a random extra on ‘Girls,’ just to walk past one of the scenarios. I’d love that more than anything.

— Emilia Clarke

I get so busy that I forget to eat, and that’s really hurt me in the past. I gained weight from that.

— Erin Heatherton

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

— Ernest Gaines

All writers write about the past, and I try to make it come alive so you can see what happened.

— Ernest Gaines

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

Music, in the past few years… anything singable or understandable is square.

— Ethel Merman

After costs, only the top 3% of managers produce a return that indicates they have sufficient skill to just cover their costs, which means that going forward, and despite extraordinary past returns, even the top performers are expected to be only as good as a low-cost passive index fund. The other 97% can be expected to do worse.

— Eugene Fama

In the final years of his life, when former Communist Party Chief Zhao Ziyang lived under house arrest, in Beijing, his aging friends resorted to donning white doctors’ coats in order to slip past the guards stationed outside his home.

— Evan Osnos

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

People say, ‘Don’t live in the past.’ But I guess it depends on how interesting your past is.

— Effa Manley

Finding oil is a multidisciplinary science. You need a lot of people – statisticians, engineers, and geologists, of course. And what I have learned in the past 30 years is that I read people better than I read books.

— Eike Batista

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

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

In the long march of history, at least two poles of attraction and antagonism have been the norm in world politics. Rarely has only one nation carried the burden of leadership. The unipolar world of the 21st century, dominated for the past two decades by the United States, is a historical anomaly.

— Eskinder Nega

I won’t play past 30. Why? I want to – I don’t know – start a family, live life.

— Eugenie Bouchard

When African-Americans come to France, the French show them more consideration than they would show an African or a Black Caribbean. When African-Americans come to France, the French people are like, ‘Oh, wow. Oh my God.’ But if it’s an African, they’re like, ‘Whatever.’ It’s all because of the past, because of our history.

— Euzhan Palcy

We won the war, but we are losing the occupation and reconstruction of Iraq. It is past time for a new approach, one that relies on accountability, responsibility, and phasing down the scope of our military commitment.

— Earl Blumenauer

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

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

— Eddie Campbell

The ordinary experiences of aging alter and clarify your view of past, present, and future.

— Edith Pearlman

Historians tell the story of the past, novelists the story of the present.

— Edmond de Goncourt

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

The important thing to remember with the Internet is that there are large companies that have an interest in controlling how information flows in it. They’re very effective at lobbying Congress, and that pattern has locked down other communication media in the past. And it will happen again unless we do something about it.

— Eli Pariser

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

Because they’re my stories, they’re my version of events of the past three years. But I really hope people can hear their own stories within the songs and they can become our version of events.

— Emeli Sande

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 do think you can change the past and the present somehow. Even if something has already happened, it doesn’t mean it’s settled.

— Ellen Gallagher

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

Job 29 is about Job reflecting on his past before the calamity hit him to say this is the type of man I was. So, you want to know what God calls perfect and upright? Read Job 29, and you will understand what kind of man God esteems.

— Eric Ludy

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

In a lot of films, they’re showing more complete, developed characters of diverse ethnic backgrounds. The larger concern is to be able to tastefully explore the stereotypes, and still move past them to see the core of people.

— Forest Whitaker

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

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

Past middle age, some friends suggested that I should have my eyebags removed, the deepening creases on my face stretched. I often examined my face in the mirror, imagining how I’d look if I followed the suggestion. I decided to retain the old mug. I was too familiar and comfortable with it. And the final hindrance: the cost.

— F. Sionil Jose

The past could liberate or imprison – it creates a nation’s character, provides the nourishment or the poison a people imbibe in their very marrow.

— F. Sionil Jose

Writers are historians, too. It is in literature that the greater truths about a people and their past are found.

— F. Sionil Jose

The Japanese covet important symbols – their heroic past as enshrined in Yasukuni, the Imperial family which has never been sullied by scandal.

— F. Sionil Jose

If there is one lesson for U.S. foreign policy from the past 10 years, it is surely that military intervention can seem simple but is in fact a complex affair with the potential for unintended consequences.

— Fareed Zakaria

The modern Muslim state has never presented itself as secular. Muslim nationalist forces, trapped by a militant and colonialist West unable to share or export its humanism, were driven to build up a rampart, to entrench themselves within the past.

— Fatema Mernissi

A fashion show is like a 10-minute play, but there’s all this anticipation Everyone arriving, finding their seats, then there’s 10 minutes of people walking past and clothes and music, then the whole thing is finished.

— Felicity Jones

My countrymen: we have reached a turning point in our history. The choice is yours. Shall we venture into this brave new world, bright with possibilities, or retreat to the safety of our familiar but sterile past? I am for crossing the frontier.

— Ferdinand Marcos

To write our constitution is for the past, the present, and the future to come together all at once in one single motion, in one single heave, one single cry. For we correct the errors of the past and chart a new course for the future, based on the experience of the present.

— Ferdinand Marcos

The past speaks to us in a thousand voices, warning and comforting, animating and stirring to action.

— Felix Adler

Right now I’m reading every fashion magazine I can find. As a shoe designer, I feel it’s my responsibility to learn as much as I can about the business, past and present.

— Fergie

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

— Fernando Flores

Well, to me, my past accomplishments weren’t crazy. They required a lot of skill and careful planning.

— Felix Baumgartner

Nearly every president in the past 100 years has declared national monuments, from Teddy Roosevelt creating the Grand Canyon National Monument to George W. Bush preserving 10 islands and 140,000 square miles of ocean waters in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.

— Frances Beinecke

Instead of hazarding our future on the dirty fuels of the past, let’s invest in clean power that can drive this country forward. Let’s cut energy waste, make our economy the world’s most efficient, and give our workers a leg up in the global marketplace.

— Frances Beinecke

Sure, I went through my ‘J’accuse’ phase. I was so angry for so long, I could hardly have a conversation without getting into an argument. And it was only when I felt I could finally distance myself from my past that I began to write about what happened – not just to me, but to lots of young people. I think my story is a cautionary tale.

— Frank McCourt

In the past, my success has come with sticking to one plan. That usually works. Obviously it’s going to falter, and I’m going to go into slumps here and there, but stick with the plan, and hopefully it will come out successful more times than not.

— Freddie Freeman

Philosophy finds it an easy matter to vanquish past and future evils, but the present are commonly too hard for it.

— Francois de La Rochefoucauld

What is happening in the Sahel for the past several months is that terrorists have structured themselves, have installed themselves. It’s not simply a menace for west Africa.

— Francois Hollande

In the past, war was confined for the most part to men in uniform, but with increased mechanization of armies and the introduction of air forces, there is an increased dependence on the home country, and eight to ten people working at home are now required to keep one man in the fighting line.

— Frederick Banting

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

— Frederick Douglass

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

We really need to get control over Social Security numbers. My children’s generation, they’re past it. But their children should be able to have a number that is secure.

— Frank Abagnale

Don’t forget what I discovered that over ninety percent of all national deficits from 1921 to 1939 were caused by payments for past, present, and future wars.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

Art is not a treasure in the past or an importation from another land, but part of the present life of all living and creating peoples.

— Franklin D. Roosevelt

If many things in the past have gone wrong in the lives of men and in the lives of their communities, it is because both small- and large-scale activities were blundered into without any thought or vision of universal planning.

— Fritz Zwicky

I think my attitudes about the past are very traditional. You can’t ignore history you can’t escape it even if you want to. You might as well know where you come from, and you might as well know that everything has been done in some shape or form.

— Frank Gehry

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

I probably prefer Spanish football to the others. It’s very technical, the way they play they keep the ball well, and whenever Spurs have played against Spanish teams in the past, they’ve always made it difficult for us.

— Gareth Bale

In the past, if you did film, you couldn’t do stage, and if you did film, you certainly didn’t do television. You had to pick what you wanted to be. Now it seems like we can bounce around, not only between genres, but between mediums, and I like that. I like change and I like a good story.

— Garret Dillahunt

When you come across someone colorful and vibrant maybe in the present it isn’t so interesting, but, in the past, it sheds a wonderful light onto living life.

— Garrett Hedlund

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

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

Your future takes precedence over your past. Focus on your future, rather than on the past.

— Gary Ryan Blair

In my opinion, there are fewer and fewer great goalkeepers because, with respect to when I started, they have to do so much more compared with in the past.

— Gianluigi Buffon

I eat tons, three full meals a day, and I never go to the gym. When I was a child, my geography teacher said, ‘You may be slim now but if you carry on eating like that, you’ll end up being really fat.’ Fortunately, I really don’t think I’ve changed much in the past two decades, so that teacher was an idiot.

— Gina Bellman

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

— George Crumb

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

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

Progressivism is the cancer in America and it is eating our Constitution, and it was designed to eat the Constitution, to progress past the Constitution.

— Glenn Beck

The best way to suppose what may come, is to remember what is past.

— George Savile

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

The people who have been helping me in the past continue to support me. Many of them supported my father, and the support isn’t just financial.

— Grace Poe

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

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

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

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

— Graham Nash

Beyond institutional amnesia, a rejection of causal analysis is the existential rock on which American Exceptionalism sits. The United States unique sense of itself depends on an ambiguous relationship to the past. History is affirmed, since it is America’s unprecedented historical success that justifies the exceptionalism.

— Greg Grandin

I like to connect with fans, usually positive stuff. If there is negative stuff, you just look past it and talk to the people that appreciate you.

— Giancarlo Stanton

Is Donald Trump a fascist? It’s an interesting question that has generated insightful commentary over the past few months, with the best answers situating Trumpian illiberalism within America’s long history of racial oppression, slavery, Jim Crow apartheid, and the ongoing backlash to the loss of white privilege.

— Greg Grandin

The Matrix itself is not some external evil, but rather an outcome of our own error, our karmic payoff of past actions. Not merely illusion, it is an allusion to a founding myth of our culture.

— Gregory Benford

Fantasy is more than an escape from the truths of the world and the past: it is an open acknowledgment that those truths are complex and morally difficult. It offers a different route to creating something which will resonate with readers, in a way which resists the erasure of privacy and autonomy which pervades our modern world.

— Guy Gavriel Kay

Even if we remember the past, odds are good we’ll still repeat it.

— Guy Gavriel Kay

In the past, my process would start with a sample of another song, and I’d chop it up and use that as the basis of the song that I was making.

— G-Eazy

I did some research once on the way people in the past imagined the year 2000. They tended to picture the things they already had getting more sophisticated – flying cars, self-cleaning windows. And the folks in the early 1900s had a wildly optimistic estimate of the future of pneumatic tubes.

— Gail Collins

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

— George Burns

I keep my scrapbooks in the car. When I come to a stoplight, I start looking through my past. Sometimes I wish the red lights were longer.

— Garry Shandling

You can’t deny RCA’s past and its history. I was also on Capitol Records, so I have that past history.

— Garth Brooks

I’ve discovered all kinds of music and done all kinds of music over the past 40 years, from playing tango with Piazzolla to all the different bands I’ve had.

— Gary Burton

Large organizations don’t worship shareholders or customers, they worship the past. If it were otherwise, it wouldn’t take a crisis to set a company on a new path.

— Gary Hamel

All too often, legacy management practices reflexively perpetuate the past – by over-weighting the views of long-tenured executives, by valuing conformance more highly than creativity and by turning tired industry nostrums into sacred truths.

— Gary Hamel

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

Rome – the city of visible history, where the past of a whole hemisphere seems moving in funeral procession with strange ancestral images and trophies gathered from afar.

— George Eliot

I wanted to collaborate with someone, but it had to be someone I could work with and who wouldn’t disrespect my past.

— George Harrison

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

— George Bernard Shaw

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

Very often, as I wander through life, I’ll get that old feeling that I’ve come back from the future, and I’m living in the past. And it’s a really horrible feeling.

— George M. Church

Clearly, we are a species that is well connected to other species. Whether or not we evolve from them, we are certainly very closely related to them. A series of mutations could change us into all kinds of intermediate species. Whether or not those intermediate species are provably in the past, they could easily be in our future.

— George M. Church

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

Whether as victim, demon, or hero, the industrial worker of the past century filled the public imagination in books, movies, news stories, and even popular songs, putting a grimy human face on capitalism while dramatizing the social changes and conflicts it brought.

— George Packer

We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past and we must respect the past, remembering that it was once all that was humanly possible.

— George Santayana

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

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

— Gianni Versace

I am not interested in the past, except as the road to the future.

— Gianni Versace

It started getting too crazy with ‘Earth A.D.’ The concepts started becoming too brutal and violent. It was less about fiction and more about the real world, the past, present, and future. I think a lot of people got freaked out by that.

— Glenn Danzig

Happily, the days when overt racial discrimination and segregation were championed by social conservatives are long past.

— George Takei

We all know the Red Sox did not win a World Series for 86 years after unloading Ruth, and the Cubs just might be carrying some heavy weight for past karmic transgressions.

— George Vecsey

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

A majority of Americans want redemption for racism – for our terrible, destructive racist past – and so see a vote for Obama as redemptive.

— Gloria Steinem

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

My philosophy is never start talking about ‘if,’ ‘and,’ ‘but’ or the past, because 90 percent of what follows will be negative.

— Gordie Howe

If somebody from the past doesn’t rise up from the grave and start talking to me, I haven’t got a book. I have to hear that voice, the voice of the narrator. How she sounds will tell me who she is, and who she is will tell me how she will act – and that starts the plot in motion.

— Geraldine Brooks

You can’t write about the past and ignore religion. It was such a fundamental, mind-shaping, driving force for pre-modern societies. I’m very interested in what religion does to us – its capacity to create love and empathy or hatred and violence.

— Geraldine Brooks

There’s just so many great stories in the past that you can know a little bit about, but you can’t know it all, and that’s where imagination can work.

— Geraldine Brooks

I think I’m still chewing on my years as a foreign correspondent. I found myself covering catastrophes – war, uprising, famine, refugee crises – and witnessing how people were affected by dire situations. When I find a story from the past, I bring some of those lessons to bear on the narrative.

— Geraldine Brooks

Climate change is a consequence of the build up of greenhouse gases over the past 200 years in the atmosphere, and virtually all these emissions came from the rich countries.

— Gordon Brown

You have to live in the future, not the past.

— Gordon Brown

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

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

I’ve thought a lot about how if something horrible happened, and if it were like ‘The Road’ situation, I’ve decided I don’t want to survive past the death of society as we know it.

— Gillian Jacobs

As I say to our own team: ‘Never protect your past, never define yourself by a single product, and always continue to steward for the long-term. Keep moving towards the future.’

— Ginni Rometty

Open-mindedness is considered to be a virtue. But, strictly speaking, it cannot occur. A new experience must be redacted into old categories. We cannot handle each event freshly in its own right. If we did so, of what use would past experience be?

— Gordon W. Allport

History is nothing but gossip about the past, with the hope that it might be true.

— Gore Vidal

Where past generations had film cameras, scrapbooks, notebooks, and that part of the brain which stores memories, we now have a smartphone app for every conceivable recording need.

— Graydon Carter

People are powerfully moved by imagination, belief, and knowledge. They can consider the past and future. They can make changes in their behavior out of reason in a way that animals can’t do.

— Gretchen Rubin

No leader did more for his country than Winston Churchill. Brave, magnanimous, traditional, he was like a king-general from Britain’s heroic past. His gigantic qualities set him apart from ordinary humanity there seemed no danger he feared, no effort too great for his limitless energies.

— Gretchen Rubin

I have a terrible memory of my own past. I can barely remember my childhood. I have few memories from college and law school – though once I got married, I got the advantage of being able to consult my husband’s memory.

— Gretchen Rubin

Our minds aren’t bound by a chronological corset. When thinking and dreaming, past, present and future are mixed up. That’s also possible for a writer.

— Gunter Grass

In the early ’90s, I was hired to write educational dramas about HIV and AIDS in the shantytowns. I did that for two and a half years, and then I was hired on other films. When ‘Tsotsi’ presented itself, I thought, ‘This is not a world I grew up in, but I’ve spent a great deal of time writing about it and researching it in my past.’

— Gavin Hood

The BBC must never be all about ratings – or even mainly about ratings. In the past year, we have made a raft of terrific programmes which stand comparison with the best the BBC has ever done: ‘Blue Planet,’ ‘Walking with Beasts,’ ‘Son of God,’ ‘Clocking Off,’ ‘The Way We Live Now,’ ‘Conspiracy,’ ‘Lost World.’

— Gavyn Davies

Our enemies are our evil deeds and their memories, our pride, our selfishness, our malice, our passions, which by conscience or by habit pursue us with a relentlessness past the power of figure to express.

— George A. Smith

Man does find in Nature deliverance from himself, oblivion of his past, with peace and purity!

— George A. Smith

I was at my best at a little past forty, when I was a professor at Oxford.

— G. H. Hardy

The man of the future may, and even must, do things impossible in the past and acquire new motor variations not given by heredity.

— G. Stanley Hall

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

It’s so difficult to write in motion and get rid of the past tense, and also to create a sense of impermanence.

— Gerald Vizenor

Just to cover the increase in fuel costs over the past two years, American would have had to raise fares nearly $75 per round-trip ticket. During this time period, our average fare increased by only $15.

— Gerard Arpey

I’ve been allowed to grow over the past twenty years. I’ve managed to avoid being trapped in one moment of my career and for that, I’m very thankful.

— Giovanni Ribisi

The Obama administration’s attempted short-term fixes, even with unprecedented monetary easing by the Federal Reserve, produced average GDP growth of just 2.2% over the past three years, and the consensus outlook appears no better for the year ahead.

— Glenn Hubbard

I realize at one point, that I was being followed, and then I began to see the surveillance that was going past the road on my house. And so, these cars began to surveil me. People began to follow me around, and it did, it was very disrupting to think that your privacy was being violated, and for no reason that I could come up with.

— Gloria Naylor

In the past, radiation treatment planning has been a very lengthy procedure. Now, with the aid of CT therapy-planning computer programs, we can position the therapy beams automatically with precision in a few minutes.

— Godfrey Hounsfield

I have been waiting around to get the right script and the right director. For example, in the past, if a Hollywood director came to me with a script and wanted me to play a character, and she was a stereotypical Asian woman who gets into a fight and gets killed off quickly, that didn’t seem to have much interest for me.

— Gong Li

I feel usually the strength of my game is my driving, and over the past – even since I was in college and everything, my short game has been the thing that’s let me down.

— Graham DeLaet

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

No, Borussia is not falling apart. It does not matter whichever players will leave. That is what the past has showed. The club has developed and actually improved despite big-name players leaving.

— Granit Xhaka

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 have, for many years past, contemplated the noble races of red men who are now spread over these trackless forests and boundless prairies, melting away at the approach of civilization.

— George Catlin

What is overlooked is the astonishing amount of history Hollywood has got right… For better or worse, nothing has been more influential in shaping our visions of the past than the commercial cinema.

— George MacDonald Fraser

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

People always think they’re in the middle of a revolution while they tend not to realize the enormity of a change that has happened in the past. The telegraph was a revolution, but who looks at it that way these days? The telegraph sped up the transportation of messages over long distances by a huge factor.

— Ha-Joon Chang

Every story about me is so heavy and dramatic. That’s not how I do life. But that’s the impression people have, and that’s what keeps getting reiterated. As if I’m still stuck in all the muck of the past. And I am so not.

— Halle Berry

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 are always signs that a reign is ending, and they are usually spotted not in the king himself but in his court. In the inner circle, latent jealousies between advisers spill into open conflict, as they angrily debate who is to blame for the calamity, chewing over each other’s past errors and pointing the finger at old and nascent enemies.

— Hanna Rosin

I used to have 20/20 vision, believe it or not that’s gone because of all the reading I did when I wasn’t supposed to, reading in the back of a car, waiting for each street light to go past so I could grab another sentence.

— Hannah Kent

The simple truth of our finiteness is that we could, by whatever means, go on interminably only at the price of either losing the past and, therewith, our identity, or living only in the past and therefore without a real present. We cannot seriously wish either and thus not a physical enduring at that price.

— Hans Jonas

Caught’ is a novel of forgiveness, and the past and the present – who should be and who shouldn’t be forgiven. None of my books are ever just about thrills, or it won’t work.

— Harlan Coben

In a basic sense, ‘A Little Life’ is a homage to how my friends and I live our lives. I wanted to push past the definitions of how we typically define friendship. It’s a different version of adulthood, but it’s no less important and no less legitimate than anyone else’s.

— Hanya Yanagihara

Worrying about the past or the future isn’t productive. When you start chastising yourself for past mistakes, or seeing disaster around every corner, stop and take a breath and ask yourself what you can do right now to succeed.

— Harvey Mackay

The past is what you remember, imagine you remember, convince yourself you remember, or pretend you remember.

— Harold Pinter

I mean, don’t forget the earth’s about five thousand million years old, at least. Who can afford to live in the past?

— Harold Pinter

I don’t compare shows. It’s very simple. I don’t live in the past. If there’s any secret to my longevity, it’s living in the future. And a little bit in the present.

— Harold Prince

The past, the present and the future are really one: they are today.

— Harriet Beecher Stowe

In Plains, I saw Jimmy Carter as he really is – a nice, decent man… in terms of compassionate contribution to society, he certainly has proven to be our best past president.

— Helen Thomas

It is, then, by those shadows of the hoary Past and their fantastic silhouettes on the external screen of every religion and philosophy, that we can, by checking them as we go along, and comparing them, trace out finally the body that produced them.

— Helena Blavatsky

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

— Helena Blavatsky

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

— Henri Bergson

In reality, the past is preserved by itself automatically.

— Henri Bergson

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

As in geology, so in social institutions, we may discover the causes of all past changes in the present invariable order of society.

— Henry David Thoreau

The paradox is that when we model future designs on past successes, we are inviting failure down the line when we take into account past failures and anticipate potential new ways in which failure can occur, we are more likely to produce successful designs.

— Henry Petroski

I’m not in a position where I get to pick and choose roles. I usually go on auditions in long lines and embarrass myself in front of casting directors, and with a lump in my throat and my ears burning, I walk past reception and smirking actors as I go to the parking garage and go back on the highway.

— Henry Rollins

I don’t know if music has ever achieved anything past appealing to the people that it appeals to. If a song could stop a war, then Bob Marley and Bob Dylan songs would have stopped one or two.

— Henry Rollins

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

— Henry Kissinger

Think about it: No matter who you are, the past plays a large part in your life. I am all about living in the present as best as I can. Try as I might, there is only so much I am able to achieve on this front.

— Henry Rollins

I would hate to think that some people have found themselves in a musical cul-de-sac and have ceased to explore new music, or at least music that is new to them, because they are so glued to the past.

— Henry Rollins

I know that collector types can be a pain in the neck and seem perpetually frozen in time – or at least in their parents’ basement – but someone has to look out for the past, lest it slip away forever.

— Henry Rollins

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

You have a diasporic black world, and the only way to put it back together again is symbolic. It’s like Humpty Dumpty. Whoever could edit the ‘Encyclopedia Africana’ would provide symbolic order to the fragments created over the past 500 years. That is a major contribution.

— Henry Louis Gates

In the past, if a homeowner with a mortgage had a problem making the payment, often he’d get together with a lender and strike a deal, because foreclosures are very expensive to the lender and obviously not good for the homeowner and the community.

— Henry Paulson

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

— Herbert Spencer

In the past, the U.S. was the centre of the world, where everything was happening. I think my stories have always sought to question this, maybe even criticise it.

— Hideo Kojima

History is always changing behind us, and the past changes a little every time we retell it.

— Hilary Mantel

Since I was a very small child, I’ve had a kind of reverence for the past, and I felt a very intimate connection with it.

— Hilary Mantel

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

— Hubert H. Humphrey

Living in the moment, thinking about the future, and staying connected to the past: That’s what makes me feel whole.

— Hugh Hefner

I maintain that the past record of my race is a true index of the feelings which today animate them. They bear toward their former masters no revengeful thoughts, no hatreds, no animosities. They aim not to elevate themselves by sacrificing one single interest of their white fellow-citizens.

— Hiram Rhodes Revels

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

We should face reality and our past mistakes in an honest, adult way. Boasting of glory does not make glory, and singing in the dark does not dispel fear.

— Hussein of Jordan

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

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

The punters know that the horse named Morality rarely gets past the post, whereas the nag named Self-interest always runs a good race.

— Gough Whitlam

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

I’m not an academic I’m not an archaeologist. I’m a writer, communicating ideas to the public. There is a model of how the past is, and a lot of academic archaeology is about refining the model. It’s not about changing the model radically. I’m not aware of any current which is about radically changing the model. It’s just me, really.

— Graham Hancock

I see myself as a journalist reporting neglected stories about our past and trying to bring rigor, reason and intuition to the quest.

— Graham Hancock

I have done hard jobs in the past, and acting isn’t one of them.

— Graham McTavish

Americans get it. They’re ready for some opportunities to have greener communities, to have cleaner communities, and to have transportation options that perhaps they haven’t had in the past.

— Greg Abbott

It takes an extraordinary toll on me to re-live my experiences, the horrors of my past and the pain I had to endure. And yet, I believe remembering is the only way to promote healing, to promote awareness and accountability.

— Ger Duany

Nothing changes more constantly than the past for the past that influences our lives does not consist of what actually happened, but of what men believe happened.

— Gerald W. Johnson

I wrote ‘Ain’t It Cool? Hollywood’s Redheaded Stepchild Speaks Out,’ because in doing hundreds and hundreds of interviews over the past six and a half years, I was tired of the story being half told or a third told or erroneously told.

— Harry Knowles

The older supermodels sometimes don’t agree with the fact there is a new generation of models. We’re not saying we’re supermodels. I’d rather people look at us as businesspeople, and, yes, modeling is our business right now, but we’re not trying to take anybody’s spot, and we’re not trying to discredit the past.

— Hailey Baldwin

When something happens far back in the past, people often can’t recall exact details. Blame depends upon point of view. There may be a villain, but reality is frustrating because it’s often ambiguous.

— Hallie Ephron

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

I was always incredibly obsessed with germs and cleaning and taking shower after shower after shower. Even when I was very young, I wouldn’t tie my shoelaces because they had touched the ground. I had continuous repetitive thoughts that I couldn’t get past. As a child, my mind was a lot busier than I was.

— Howie Mandel

The Iranian people, with regards to the policies of various American administrations in the past 30 years, are very worried. They don’t trust them.

— Hassan Rouhani

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

New Mexico has been, in the past, a swing state.

— Heather Wilson

If we understand the past, we are more likely to recognise what is happening around us.

— Helen Dunmore

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

Past experience, on the shuttle and the Titan rockets, suggests that large multi-segment solid rockets have a probability of failure of 0.5 to 1 per cent.

— Henry Spencer

I sat down with my trainers to check my past seasons and to see what could be done to keep me motivated and in good shape. I had to find a new motivation, a new momentum.

— Hermann Maier

I wouldn’t change anything about my past, because it’s made me who I am today. You have to remember: You need to crack some eggs to make omelettes. And I did crack some eggs.

— Herschel Walker
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