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If you must cry over spilled milk then please try to condense it
~ Anonymous

 

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If you're going to be able to look back on something and laugh about it, you might as well laugh about it now.
~ Marie Osmond

 

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If you're still hanging onto a dead dream of yesterday, laying flowers on its grave by the hour, you cannot be planting the seeds for a new dream to grow today.
~ Joyce Chapman

 

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In the maxim of the past you cannot go anywhere.
~ Maxim Gorky

 

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It is not the literal past that rules us, save, possibly, in a biological sense. It is images of the past. Each new historical era mirrors itself in the picture and active mythology of its past or of a past borrowed from other cultures. It tests its sense of identity, of regress or new achievement against that past.
~ George Steiner

 

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It is not the literal past, the ''facts'' of history, that shape us, but images of the past embodied in language.
~ Brian Friel

 

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It is one thing to learn about the past; it is another to wallow in it.
~ Kenneth Auchincloss

 

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It is sadder to find the past again and find it inadequate to the present than it is to have it elude you and remain forever a harmonious conception of memory.
~ Anonymous

 

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It's linkage I'm talking about, and harmonies and structures, And all the various things that lock our wrists to the past.
~ Charles Wright

 

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It's very expressive of myself. I just lump everything in a great heap which I have labeled ''the past,'' and, having thus emptied this deep reservoir that was once myself, I am ready to continue.
~ Anonymous

 

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Living in the past has one thing going for it; it's cheaper!
~ Saying

 

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Look back, and smile at perils past.
~ Sir Walter Scott

 

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Look to the past for guidance into the future.
~ Robert Jacob Goodkin

 

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Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the present toward the future.
~ Denis Waitley

 

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Man... cannot learn to forget, but hangs on the past: however far or fast he runs, that chain runs with him.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche

 

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Many are always praising the by-gone time, for it is natural that the old should extol the days of their youth; the weak, the time of their strength; the sick, the season of their vigor; and the disappointed, the spring-tide of their hopes.
~ Caleb Bingham

 

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May you look back on the past with as much pleasure as you look forward to the future.
~ Paul Dickson

 

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Mr. Meant-to has a friend, his name is Didn't-Do. Have you met them? They live together in a house called Never-Win. And I am told that it is haunted by the Ghost of Might-have-Been.
~ Marva Collins

 

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Nostalgia is a seductive liar.
~ George W. Ball

 

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Nostalgia isn't what it used to be.
~ Simone Signoret

 

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