Memory, the past

Quotations: Memory, the past

Hell begins the day that God grants you the vision to see all that you could have done, should have done, and would have done, but did not do.
— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, German poet, novelist, playwright, scientist and philosopher (1749-1832)

A clear conscience is usually the sign of bad memory.
— Steven Wright, American comedian (b. 1955)

There is no witness so terrible, no accuser so powerful as conscience which dwells within us.
— Sophocles, Greek dramatist (496-406 B.C.)

We judge ourselves by what we feel capable of doing, while others judge us by what we have already done.
— Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, American poet (1807-1882)

To arrive at a just estimate of a renowned man’s character one must judge it by the standards of his time, not ours.
— Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), American humorist, author and journalist (1835-1910)

A moral being is one who is capable of comparing his past and future actions or motives, and of approving or disapproving of them.
— Charles Darwin, English biologist (1809-1882)

All bad precedents begin as justifiable measures.
— Julius Caesar, Roman general, statesman and writer (100-44 B.C.)

False hope is worse than despair.
— Jonathan Kozol, American journalist and author (b. 1936)

We drive into the future using only our rear view mirror.
— (Herbert) Marshall McLuhan, Canadian educator and media philosopher (1911-1980)

The future enters into us, in order to transform us, long before it happens.
— Rainer Maria Rilke, German poet (1875-1926)

Since changes are going on anyway, the great thing is to learn enough about them so that we will be able to lay hold of them and turn them in the direction of our desires. Conditions and events are neither to be fled from nor passively acquiesced in; they are to be utilized and directed.
— John Dewey, American philosopher and education reformer (1859-1952)

Every person in America has done or said something that would keep him or her from being president. Maybe a nation that consumes as much booze and dope as we do and has our kind of divorce statistics should pipe down about character issues.
— P.J. ORouke, 20th-century American humorist and essayist

Bad administration, to be sure, can destroy good policy; but good administration can never save bad policy.
— Adlai Stevenson, American politician and presidential candidate (1900-1965)

New friends are silver, but old friends are gold.
— Unknown

When eating a fruit, think of the person who planted the tree.
— Vietnamese saying

A man’s memory may almost become the art of continually varying and misrepresenting his past, according to his interest in the present.
— George Santayana, American philosopher (1863-1952)

Men live by forgetting. Women live on memories.
— Men live by forgetting. Women live on memories.

The superiority of the distant over the present is only due to the mass and variety of the pleasures that can be suggested, compared with the poverty of those that can at any time be felt.
— George Santayana, American philosopher (1863-1952)

The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there.
— L. P. Hartley, British novelist (1895-1972)

You should not suffer the past. You should be able to wear it like a loose garment, take it off and let it drop.
— Eva Jessye, American musician and author (1895-1992)

Know the true value of time; snatch, seize and enjoy every moment of it. No idleness…never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.
— Lord Chesterfield, English man of letters (1694-1773)

By and by never comes.
— St. Augustine, philosopher and bishop of Hippo (354-430)

Values are like fingerprints. Nobody’s are the same, but you leave ’em all over everything you do.
— Elvis Presley, American rock ‘n’ roll icon (1935-1977)

When I am anxious it is because I am living in the future. When I am depressed it is because I am living in the past.
— Unknown

The value of life is not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them; a man may live long yet very little.
— Michel de Montaigne, French essayist (1533-1592)

Do not sound a trumpet before thee as the hypocrites d …that they may have glory from men….But when thou doest alms let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth.
— Bible, Matthew 6:1-4

Vanity plays lurid tricks with our memory.
— Joseph Conrad (Josef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski), Polish-English author (1857-1924)

If you live long enough, you get accused of things you never did and praised for virtues you never had.
— I.F. Stone, 20th-century American journalist

To finish the moment, to find the journey’s end in every step of the road, to live the greatest number of good hours, is wisdom.
— Ralph Waldo Emerson, American essayist, public philosopher and poet (1803-1882)

Satire is tragedy plus time.
— Lenny Bruce (Leonard Schneider), American comedian (1925-1966)

A true history of human events would show that a far larger proportion of our acts are the results of sudden impulses and accident than of that reason of which we so much boast.
— Peter Cooper, American manufacturer and philanthropist (1791-1883)

Write injuries in dust but kindnesses in marble.
— French proverb

If you tell the truth, you don’t have to remember anything.
— Mark Twain, American writer (1835-1910)