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Quotes about the past
Nor is it right to say there are three times: past, present and future. Perhaps it would be more correct to say: there are three times: a present of things past, a present of things present, a present of things future."
The secret of health for both mind and body is not to mourn for the past, not to worry about the future, or not to anticipate troubles, but to live in the present moment wisely and earnestly."
The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect was already in the cause."
The time present of things past is memory; the time present of things present is direct experience; the time present of things future is expectation."
Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present, which seldom happens to us."
If, then, my awareness of the past and future makes me less aware of the present, I must begin to wonder whether I am actually living in the real world."
The mysterious way leads inwards. Eternity with its worlds — the past and future — is in ourselves or nowhere."
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."
We see past time in a telescope and present time in a microscope. Hence the apparent enormities of the present."
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."
Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too."
Philosophy finds it an easy matter to vanquish past and future evils, but the present are commonly too hard for it."
A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories."
It is in the very nature of things human that every act that has once made its appearance and has been recorded in the history of mankind stays with mankind as a potentiality long after its actuality has become a thing of the past."