Top 60 Past Quotes

Top 60 Past Quotes

Do you need some inspiration to let go of the past? We're here to help.

60 Past Quotes

Do you feel that you are living stuck in the past? Do you need to put some memories aside? We're here to help change your perspective. You should try to live in the present, let go of the past and move on. 

Do you need some motivational and inspirational past quotes to encourage you to move forward? Read the following list of quotes that we have compiled for you. 

1"The past is never where you think you left it."

Katherine Anne Porter

2“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”

Bill Keane

3“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”

Mother Theresa

4“Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.”

Cormac McCarthy

5“Unfortunately, the clock is ticking, the hours are going by. The past increases, the future recedes. Possibilities decreasing, regrets mounting.”

Haruki Murakami

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

Rick Warren

7“My past is everything I failed to be.”

Fernando Pessoa

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

Alan Moore

9“Sooner or later we've all got to let go of our past.”

Dan Brown

10"Keep looking up! I learn from the past, dream about the future and look up. There's nothing like a beautiful sunset to end a healthy day."

Rachel Boston

11“Forgiving does not erase the bitter past. A healed memory is not a deleted memory. Instead, forgiving what we cannot forget creates a new way to remember. We change the memory of our past into a hope for our future.”

Lewis B. Smedes

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

Stephen Wright

13“The distinction between the past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.”

Albert Einstein

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

Sarah Dessen

15"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

16"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

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


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

Agent Carolina

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

Will Rogers

20"The past is not a package one can lay away."

Emily Dickinson

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

Oscar Wilde

22"The past is always judged by the present."

Neith Boyce

23“Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today, and you make your tomorrow.”

L. Ron Hubbard

24“What’s done is done.”

Hilliard MacBeth

25“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.”

Barbara Taylor Bradford

26"The past explains how I got here, but the future is up to me - and I love to live life at full throttle."

Janice Dickinson

27"Consider the past and you shall know the future."

Chinese Proverb

28"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

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

Robert H. Schuller

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

Benjamin Dover

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

L.P. Hartley

32“People are all over the world telling their one dramatic story and how their life has turned into getting over this one event. Now their lives are more about the past than their future.”

Chuck Palahniuk

33“If only. Those must be the two saddest words in the world.”

Mercedes Lackey

34“No man is rich enough to buy back his past.”

Oscar Wilde

35“Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.”

C.S. Lewis

36“Just as a snake sheds its skin, we must shed our past over and over again.”


37"The more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are of loving in the present."

Barbara De Angelis

38“I use memories, but I will not allow memories to use me.”

Deepak Chopra

39“Only by acceptance of the past can you alter it.”

T.S. Eliot

40”Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the present toward the future.”

Denis Waitley

41“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”

Lewis Carroll

42“The past has no power over the present moment.”

Eckhart Tolle

43“Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future.”

Robin Sharma

44“Its more fun to think of the future than dwell on the past.”

Sara Shepard

45"Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future."

Oscar Wilde

46"They say I'm old-fashioned, and live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast!"

Dr. Seuss

47"They say miracles are past."

William Shakespeare

48"Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present, and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future."

Audrey Hepburn

49"Memory is a snare, pure and simple; it alters, it subtly rearranges the past to fit the present."

Mario Vargas Llosa

50“Our past may explain why we're suffering but we must not use it as an excuse to stay in bondage.”

Joyce Meyer

51“Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.”

Ray Bradbury

52"I don't care too much what happened in the past. I prefer to focus on what is coming next and I am really looking forward to it."

Sebastian Vettel

53"If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future."

Winston Churchill

54"The hardships that I encountered in the past will help me succeed in the future."

Philip Emeagwali

55"I love my past, I love my present. I am not ashamed of what I have had, and I am not sad because I no longer have it."

Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

56"The past should be a springboard, not a hammock."

Ivern Ball

57"The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet."

Cyril Connolly

58"Your past is important, but it is not nearly as important to your present as the way you see your future."

Tony Campolo

59"What is past is prologue."

William Shakespeare

60"May you look back on the past with as much pleasure as you look forward to the future."

Paul Dickson