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We do NOT know the past in chronological sequence. It may be convenient to lay it out anesthetized on the table with dates pasted on here and there, but what we know we know by ripples and spirals eddying out from us and from our own time.

There is nothing new, but what has become antiquated.
While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future.
Who so desireth to know what will be hereafter, let him think of what is past, for the world hath ever been in a circular revolution; whatsoever is now, was heretofore; and things past or present, are no other than such as shall be again: Redit orbis in orbem.
Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions, false memories, false namings of real events.
Living in the past has one thing going for it; it's cheaper!
Fearfulness, contrary to all other vices, maketh a man think the better of another, the worse of himself.
Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
The past itself, as historical change continues to accelerate, has become the most surreal of subjects --making it possible... to see a new beauty in what is vanishing.
It is not the literal past that rules us, save, possibly, in a biological sense. It is images of the past. Each new historical era mirrors itself in the picture and active mythology of its past or of a past borrowed from other cultures. It tests its sense of identity, of regress or new achievement against that past.
Posterity will pay everyone their due.
The function of posterity is to look after itself.
It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it elude you and remain forever a harmonious conception of memory.
A lot of people go through life like they are rowing a boat. They look at where they have been (the PAST) rather than where they are going (the FUTURE).
If you must cry over spilled milk then please try to condense it
So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
It's very expressive of myself. I just lump everything in a great heap which I have labeled the past, and, having thus emptied this deep reservoir that was once myself, I am ready to continue.
The past is only the present become invisible and mute; and because it is invisible and mute, its memorized glances and its murmurs are infinitely precious. We are tomorrow's past.
The past is at least secure.
The destruction of the past is perhaps the greatest of all crimes.
The people who get into trouble in our company are those who carry around the anchor of the past.
Those who do remember it will find new ways to screw it up.
One's past is what one is. It is the only way by which people should be judged.
It's linkage I'm talking about, and harmonies and structures, And all the various things that lock our wrists to the past.
What happened in the past that was painful has a great deal to do with what we are today.
Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions, false memories, false naming of real events.
There is no present or future; only the past, happening over and over again now.