65 Past Quotes On Success In Life

These past quotes will inspire you. Past an earlier time or gone by in time and no longer existing.

A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging past quotes, past sayings, and past proverbs.

Best Past Quotes

  1. “You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” ~ Johnny Cash
  2. “The past is behind, learn from it. The future is ahead, prepare for it. The present is here, live it.” ~ Thomas S. Monson
  3. “If you are carrying strong feelings about something that happened in your past, they may hinder your ability to live in the present.” ~ Les Brown
  4. “The past is a bucket of ashes” ~ Carl Sandburg

  5. “I can’t go back to yesterday – because I was a different person then.” ~ Lewis Carroll
  6. “One must always maintain one’s connection to the past and yet ceaselessly pull away from it.” ~ Gaston Bachelard
  7. “Every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.” ~ Oscar Wilde
  8. “We can never know what might have been but what is to come is another matter entirely” ~ C. S. Lewis

  9. “Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions, false memories, false namings of real events.” ~ Adrienne Rich
  10. “Forget the mistakes of the past and press on to the greater achievements of the future. Give everyone a smile. Spend so much time improving yourself that you have no time left to criticize others. Be too big for worry and too noble for anger.” ~ Norman Vincent Peale
  11. “You have to know the past to understand the present.” ~ Carl Sagan
  12. “Our past may explain why we’re suffering but we must not use it as an excuse to stay in bondage.” ~ Joyce Meyer

  13. “Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past.” ~ Tryon Edwards
  14. “Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” ~ Mother Teresa
  15. “One cannot and must not try to erase the past merely because it does not fit the present.” ~ Golda Meir
  16. “Stop acting as if life is a rehearsal. Live this day as if it were your last. The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed.” ~ Wayne Dyer

  17. “You are what you are today because of the choices you made in the past” ~ Jim Rohn
  18. “The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak.” ~ Hans Hofmann
  19. “Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” ~ John F. Kennedy
  20. “Best not to mix the past with the present. The present paints the past with gold. The past paints the present with lead.” ~ Henry Rollins

  21. “You got your guards up, I do too, there’s things we might discover. Cause you got a past and I do too, we’re perfect for each other.” ~ Drake
  22. “We are all here for some special reason. Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future.” ~ Robin Sharma
  23. “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” ~ George Orwell
  24. “The more anger towards the past you carry in your heart, the less capable you are of loving in the present.” ~ Barbara De Angelis

  25. “Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the present toward the future.” ~ Denis Waitley
  26. “The error of the past is the wisdom of the future.” ~ Dale E. Turner
  27. “As the great Confucius said, “The one who would be in constant happiness must frequently change.” Flow. But we keep looking back, don’t we? We cling to things in the past and cling to things in the present…Do you want to enjoy a symphony? Don’t hold on to a few bars of the music. Don’t hold on to a couple of notes. Let them pass, let them flow. The whole enjoyment of a symphony lies in your readiness to allow the notes to pass.” ~ Anthony de Mello
  28. “Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” ~ William Butler Yeats

  29. “Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.” ~ Robert H. Schuller
  30. “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” ~ George Santayana
  31. “One reason God created time was so that there would be a place to bury the failures of the past.” ~ James Long
  32. “What is past is prologue.” ~ William Shakespeare

  33. “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” ~ Gautama Buddha
  34. “Things without all remedy should be without regard: what’s done is done.” ~ William Shakespeare” Never regret yesterday. Life is in you today and you make your tomorrow.” ~ L. Ron Hubbard , Past quotes about life
  35. “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
  36. “Every past is worth condemning.” ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

  37. “You can never plan the future by the past.” ~ Edmund Burke
  38. “While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future.” ~ Ronald Reagan
  39. “Sooner or later we’ve all got to let go of our past.” ~ Dan Brown
  40. “We should not look back unless it is to derive useful lessons from past errors, and for the purpose of profiting by dearly bought experience.” ~ George Washington

  41. “We are not held back by the love we didn’t receive in the past, but by the love we’re not extending in the present.” ~ Marianne Williamson , Past quotes about love
  42. “The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.” ~ Andre Maurois
  43. “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.” ~ Lauren Oliver
  44. “Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.” ~ Will Rogers

  45. “Nostalgia is a seductive liar.” ~ George Ball
  46. “No man is rich enough to buy back his past.” ~ Oscar Wilde
  47. “Each had his own business to think of. Each had his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart; and his friends could only read the title.” ~ Virginia Woolf
  48. “Study the past, if you would divine the future.” ~ Confucius

  49. “Vitality shows in not only the ability to persist but the ability to start over.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald
  50. “I cannot sing the old songs, Or dream those dreams again.” ~ Charlotte Alington Barnard
  51. “I tend to live in the past because most of my life is there.” ~ Herb Caen
  52. “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt

  53. “There is just one life for each of us: our own.” ~ Euripides
  54. “A good man will take care of his horses and dogs, not only while they are young, but when old and past service.” ~ Plutarch
  55. “However we pass Time, he passes still,
    Passing away whatever the pastime,
    And, whether we use him well or ill,
    Some day he gives us the slip for the last time.” ~ Robert Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Earl of Lytton
  56. “The future comes slowly, the present flies and the past stands still forever.” ~ Friedrich Schiller

  57. “What happened in the past that was painful has a great deal to do with what we are today, but revisiting this painful past can contribute little or nothing to what we need to do now.” ~ William Glasser
  58. “We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past; and we must respect the past, remembering that it was once all that was humanly possible.” ~ George Santayana , Remembering past quotes
  59. “All the king’s horses and all the king’s men can’t put the past together again. So let’s remember: Don’t try to saw sawdust.” ~ Dale Carnegie
  60. “Forgiveness means letting go of the past.” ~ Gerald Jampolsky

  61. “No amount of guilt can change the past and no amount of worrying can change the future” ~ Umar
  62. “Happiness is the ability to move forward, knowing the future will be better than the past.” ~ Zig Ziglar
  63. “What you’ve done becomes the judge of what you’re going to do – especially in other people’s minds. 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

  64. “The past itself, as historical change continues to accelerate, has become the most surreal of subjects – making it possible… to see a new beauty in what is vanishing.” ~ Susan Sontag
  65. “Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going.” ~ Tennessee Williams

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