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  • "Not to know what happened before we were born is always to remain a child; to know, and blindly to adopt that knowledge as an implicit rule of life, is never to be a man."
  • "No hand can make the clock strike for me the hours that are passed."
  • "The present is only intelligible in the light of the past."
  • "Study the past if you would divine the future."
  • "The best of prophets of the future is the past."
  • "Many classes are always praising the by-gone time, for it is natural that the old should extol the days of their youth; the weak, the area of their strength; the sick, the season of their vigor; and the disappointed, the springtide of their hopes!"
  • "Some are so very studious of learning what was done by the ancients that they know not how to live with the moderns."
  • "The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there."
  • "The past always looks better than it was. It's only pleasant because it isn't here."
  • "One only remembers part of the past. Truth is always changing, especially when it is related to the past."
    • Derek Tangye, British author. From his autobiography, The Way to Minak (1968), Ch. XVI, p. 166.