The Past Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old the past quotes, the past sayings, and the past proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The past is never where you think you left it.     

Katherine Anne Porter

When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

We are products of our past, but we don't have to be prisoners of it.     

Rick Warren

The past can't hurt you anymore, not unless you let it.     

Alan Moore

Your past is always your past. Even if you forget it, it remembers you.     

Sarah Dessen

Whenever I think of the past, it brings back so many memories.     

Steven Wright

Some of the best lessons we ever learn are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future.     

Dale Turner

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

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

Felix Adler

Just because the past taps you on the shoulders, doesn't mean you have to look back.     


Your past doesn't define who you are. It just gives you the starting point for who you're going to be.     

Agent Carolina

Don't let yesterday use up too much of today.     

Will Rogers

My past has not defined me, destroyed me, deterred me, or defeated me; it has only strengthened me.     

Steve Maraboli

The past is not a package one can lay away.     

Emily Dickinson

The past is strapped to our backs. We do not have to see it; we can always feel it.     

Mignon McLaughlin

The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.     

Lesley P. Hartley

The one charm of the past is that it is the past.     

Oscar Wilde

The past is always judged by the present.     

Neith Boyce

Whatever we think of the past, we must not be prisoners to it.     

Barack Obama

We go to the past to lay the blame - since the past can't argue.     

Glen Duncan

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

he past is never there when you try to go back. It exists, but only in memory. To pretend otherwise is to invite a mess.     

Chris Cobbs

The past is our definition. We may strive, with good reason, to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it, but we will escape it only by adding something better to it.     

Wendell Berry

Consider the past and you shall know the future.     

Chinese Proverbs

We can draw lessons from the past, but we cannot live in it.     

Lyndon B. Johnson

Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter.     

William Ralph Inge

Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.     

Robert H. Schuller

Don't brood on the past, but don't forget it either.     

Thomas H. Raddal

To put the past behind you, you must accept that you've moved beyond it.     


It's okay to look back at your past. Just don't stare.     

Benjamin Dover