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26 Powerful Quotes to Remind Us That the Past Is the Past

1. “The past is a stepping stone, not a millstone.”

2.“The past has no power over the present moment.”

Eckhart Tolle

3.“When we are tired, we are attacked by ideas we conquered long ago.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

4.“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

5.“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.”


6.“I like to use the hard times in the past to motivate me today.”

Dwayne Johnson

7.“The past is the beginning of the beginning and all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn.”

H. G. Wells

8.“The past explains how I got here, but the future is up to me – and I love to live life at full throttle.”

Janice Dickinson

9.“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”

Bill Keane

10.“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.”

Thomas Jefferson

11.“Stop being a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of your future.”

Robin Sharma

12.“A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting on his past actions and their motives – of approving of some and disapproving of others.”

Charles Darwin

13.“I realise there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go.”

Jeffrey McDaniel

14.“Hanging on to resentment is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head.”

Ann Landers

15.“Study the past, if you would divine the future.”


16.What’s done is done.”

Hilliard MacBeth

17.“Forgiveness means letting go of the past.”

Gerald Jampolsky

18.“There is a fine balance between honoring the past and losing yourself in it. For example, you can acknowledge and learn from mistakes you made, and then move on and refocus on the now. It is called forgiving yourself.”

Eckhart Tolle

19.“The past, like the future, is indefinite and exists only as a spectrum of possibilities.”

Stephen Hawking

20.“I’m looking forward to the future and feeling grateful for the past.”

Mike Rowe

21.“I use memories, but I will not allow memories to use me.”

Deepak Chopra

22.“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.”

Mother Theresa

23.“We are products of our past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.”

Rick Warren

24.“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

25.“The past can’t hurt you anymore, not unless you let it.”

Alan Moore

26.“The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.”