Never judge anyone shortly because every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.
Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.
The past is a place of reference, not a place of residence; the past is a place of learning, not a place of living.
We don't have to be defined by the things we did or didn't do in our past. Some people allow themselves to be controlled by regret. Maybe it's a regret, maybe it's not. It's merely something that happened. Get over it.
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
You can't stop the future You can't rewind the past The only way to learn the secret... is to press 'play'.
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That's what literature is. It's the people who went before us, tapping out messages from the past, from beyond the grave, trying to tell us about life and death! Listen to them!
The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.
Live in the present, remember the past, and fear not the future, for it doesn't exist and never shall. There is only now.
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.
Dreams come from the past, not from the future. Dreams shouldn't control you--you should control them.
My past has not defined me, destroyed me, deterred me, or defeated me; it has only strengthened me.
You can't look back - you just have to put the past behind you, and find something better in your future.
We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you are not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.
Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
The past was always there, lived inside of you, and it helped to make you who you were. But it had to be placed in perspective. The past could not dominate the future.
The past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whatever form. Both are illusions.
The past is a candle at great distance: too close to let you quit, too far to comfort you.
This is what the past is for! Every experience God gives us, every person He puts in our lives is the perfect preparation for the future that only He can see.
He was still too young to know that the heart's memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and that thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past.
Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future too.
My past is everything I failed to be.
Always remember that the past was a lie, that memory has no return, that every spring gone by could never be recovered, and that the wildest and most tenacious love was an ephemeral truth in the end.
Your past is always your past. Even if you forget it, it remembers you.
Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.
When we think of the past it's the beautiful things we pick out. We want to believe it was all like that.
I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don't have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.
Sooner or later we've all got to let go of our past.
The past is never dead. It's not even past.
The only person with whom you have to compare ourselves, is that you in the past. And the only per-son better you should be, this is who you are now.
It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream.
The habits you cultivated in past lives have substantially created your physical, mental, and emotional makeup in this life
The individually created past-life patterns make one person different from another, & account for the great variety of human faces & characteristics. The very fact that you are a woman or a man was determined by your tendencies in previous lives
Here I am, a bundle of past recollections and future dreams, knotted up in a reasonably attractive bundle of flesh. I remember what this flesh has gone through; I dream of what it may go through.
It has shown me that everything is illuminated in the light of the past. It is always along the side of us...on the inside, looking out.
Beyond the edge of the world there's a space where emptiness and substance neatly overlap, where past and future form a continuous, endless loop. And, hovering about, there are signs no one has ever read, chords no one has ever heard.