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.
Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
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.
You can't look back - you just have to put the past behind you, and find something better in your future.
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My past has not defined me, destroyed me, deterred me, or defeated me; it has only strengthened me.
Live in the present, remember the past, and fear not the future, for it doesn't exist and never shall. There is only now.
The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see.
We are products of our past, but we don't have to be prisoners of it.
Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.
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!
You can't stop the future You can't rewind the past The only way to learn the secret... is to press 'play'.
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.
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.
Your past is always your past. Even if you forget it, it remembers you.
The past is never dead. It's not even past.
Sooner or later we've all got to let go of our past.
When we think of the past it's the beautiful things we pick out. We want to believe it was all like that.
Remembrance of things past is not necessarily the remembrance of things as they were.
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.
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.
The past is a candle at great distance: too close to let you quit, too far to comfort you.
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.
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.
You are an undertaker. Your business is with the dead. All the time your life is about what is over. Everything that you are is about what is already over. So because you are an undertaker you will live in a certain jumpy condition.
If you are just a repetition of the past, there is really no purpose to your existence here
The yogic system is about keeping a distance from the past. The fundamental understanding is you cannot fix the past
The mind is an accumulation of the past. Once you transcend the mind, the past has no more power over you
If you keep the past alive within you, you will become dead to the present
When your mind is full of assumptions, conclusions, and beliefs, it has no penetration, it just repeats past impressions
The habits you cultivated in past lives have substantially created your physical, mental, and emotional makeup in this life
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 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.
If you allow experiences of the past to overshadow your future, you are ensuring there is no future in your life, just recycling the past
Thinking is just a recycling of data that you have gathered in the past.
Once you let your past decide how you experience the present, you have destroyed your future
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.
Take it from me: If you hear the past speaking to you, feel it tugging up your back and runing its fingers up your spine, the best thing to do-the only thing-is run.