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The Past

Published Friday, August 26, 2016 @ 11:18 AM EDT
Aug 26 2016

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

The past after all is only another name for someone else's present.
-David McCullough

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

The past beats inside me like a second heart.
-John Banville

The past can only be known, not changed. The future can only be changed, not known.
-Steward Brand

The past has a terror and fascination and a beauty beyond almost anything else.
-Pauline Kael

The past has meaning as it lights up the present, and the future as it makes the present richer and more profound.
-Rollo May

The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there.
-L.P. Hartley

The past is a guidepost, not a hitching post.
-Thomas Holcroft

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

The past is a work of art, free of irrelevancies and loose ends.
-Max Beerbohm

The past is always a rebuke to the present.
-Robert Penn Warren

The past is an old armchair in the attic, the present an ominous ticking sound, and the future is anybody's guess.
-James Thurber

The past is gone; the present is confusing; and the future scares the hell out of me.
-David L. Stein

The past is just something that's over.
-Christopher Isherwood

The past is never dead. It's not even past.
-William Faulkner

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

The past is so reliable, so delightful and the best place to live.
-Barry Humphries

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

The past is what makes now like now makes tomorrow.
-Stanley R. Delaney

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

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

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