There's no present. There's only the immediate future and the recent past.
whoever saw old age that did not applaud the past and condemn the present?
—Michel de Montaigne
The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealised past.
We consume our tomorrows fretting about our yesterdays.
I don't think anyone ever remembers what they were really like as kids. Adults think they do, but they don't. Photos and videos don't capture the real you, or bring back to life the person you used to be. You have to return to the past to do that.
—Darren Shan in Sons of Destiny
I know I've changed. Nothing gets to me anymore. Well, okay, except for stuff in the past. Back then I was all innocent and trusting and didn't know anything.
—Laura Wiess in Leftovers
I want a new past, new memories, a new first handshake with love. I want to start over in every possible way.
—Isaac Marion in Warm Bodies
When you're traveling, you are what you are, right there and then. People don't have your past to hold against you. No yesterdays on the road.
—William Least Heat Moon
There's no going back from what happened. You can go back and understand the past, but you can't go back and change it.
—Dana Reinhardt in Harmless
I wish I could say I felt guilty for what I did. I don't.
—Veronica Roth in Divergent
Nostalgia has a way of blocking the reality of the past.
—Shannon L. Alder
The past is not dead. In fact, it's not even past.
I thought it must be fate that I kept bumping into him, some strange sign that he was meant to come back into my life and fix or change something, a voice from the past arriving in the present with the answers to everything.
—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
Things change, people change, but that doesn't mean you should forget the past.
—Gail Carson Levine in Ella Enchanted