The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past.
Maybe if I didn't say anything about what happened, we could get back to the way we were. Ignoring a problem was a perfectly acceptable way to deal with it, as long as both people agree never to bring it up again.
—Kim Harrison in and the Undead
And I knew I would remember this night, in the same misty way I'd remembered all the good things, as a time when things were as perfect as they could be.
—Sarah Dessen in That Summer
Sometimes the past needed to stay buried; it was the only way you could move on. And sometimes you had to dig it up, because that too was the only way.
—Ann Aguirre in Hell Fire
Great art is an instant arrested in eternity.
They say such nice things about people at their funerals that it makes me sad to realize that I'm going to miss mine by just a few days.
I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty.
Don't be sorry you loved him. That's part of you, part you have to let go, yeah, but still something that's made you who you are.
—Richelle Mead in Spirit Bound
Things change, people change, but that doesn't mean you should forget the past.
—Gail Carson Levine in Ella Enchanted
It's a shallow life that doesn't give a person a few scars.
It's easier to remember your lies if they're close to the truth.
—Jennifer Echols in Such a Rush
Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.
I remember who you are. Even if you forget.
It was nice to be memorable, even in a somewhat embarrassing way.
—Sarah Dessen in Along for the Ride
Children are messengers to us from a world we once deeply knew.