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The past always looks better than it was. It's only pleasant because it isn't here.
Finley Peter Dunne
Baseball hasn't been the national pastime for many years now - no sport is. The national pastime, like it or not, is watching television.
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.
I say that democracy can never prove itself beyond cavil, until it founds and luxuriantly grows its own forms of art, poems, schools, theology, displacing all that exists, or that has been produced anywhere in the past, under opposite influences.
History is a relentless master. It has no present, only the past rushing into the future. To try to hold fast is to be swept aside.
John F. Kennedy
History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.
Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
The President seems to extend executive privilege way out past the atmosphere. What he says is executive privilege is nothing but executive poppycock.
If you live to be one hundred, you've got it made. Very few people die past that age.
The past cannot be cured.
The present in New York is so powerful that the past is lost.
John Jay Chapman
I have made good judgments in the past. I have made good judgments in the future.
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!
The present was an egg laid by the past that had the future inside its shell.
Zora Neale Hurston
There is no such thing as a good or bad ad in isolation. What is good at one moment is bad at another. Research can trap you into the past.
What was any art but a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself - life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose.
Trying to sneak a fastball past Hank Aaron is like trying to sneak the sunrise past a rooster.
Golf appeals to the idiot in us and the child. Just how childlike golf players become is proven by their frequent inability to count past five.
Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.
The past actually happened but history is only what someone wrote down.
A. Whitney Brown
The past is malleable and flexible, changing as our recollection interprets and re-explains what has happened.
Peter L. Berger
God cannot alter the past, though historians can.
The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.
I have memories - but only a fool stores his past in the future.
No man is rich enough to buy back his past.
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.
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.
The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
The future influences the present just as much as the past.
What you've done becomes the judge of what you're going to do - especially in other people's minds. When you're traveling, you are what you are right there and then. People don't have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.
William Least Heat-Moon
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