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Think of your forefathers! Think of your posterity.

Author: John Adams (1735-1826)

Profession: Second President of the USA

Nothing is improbable until it moves into past tense.

Author: George Ade (1866-1944)

Profession: American Humorist, Playwright

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

Author: Kenneth Auchincloss


One must always maintain one's connection to the past and yet ceaselessly pull away from it. To remain in touch with the past requires a love of memory. To remain in touch with the past requires a constant imaginative effort.

Author: Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962)

Profession: French Scientist, Philosopher, Literary Theorist

Antiquities are history defaced, or some remnants of history which have casually escaped the shipwreck of time.

Author: Francis Bacon (1561-1626)

Profession: British Philosopher, Essayist, Statesman

There is a way to look at the past. Don't hide from it. It will not catch you -- if you don't repeat it.

Author: Pearl Bailey (1918-1990)

Profession: American Vocalist, Movie and Stage Actress

Nostalgia is a seductive liar.

Author: George W. Ball (1909-1991)

Profession: American Politician

The past should be a springboard, not a hammock.

Author: Ivern Ball


I cannot sing the old songs, Or dream those dreams again,

Author: Charlotte Barnard


A safe but sometimes chilly way of recalling the past is to force open a crammed drawer. If you are searching for anything in particular you don't find it, but something falls out at the back that is often more interesting.

Author: Sir James M. Barrie (1860-1937)

Profession: British Playwright

As lousy as things are now, tomorrow they will be somebody's good old days.

Author: Gerald Barzan


The true picture of the past flits by. The past can be seized only as an image which flashes up at the instant when it can be recognized and is never seen again.

Author: Walter Benjamin (1982-1940)

Profession: German Critic, Philosopher

The past grows gradually around one, like a placenta for dying.

Author: John Berger (1926)

Profession: British Actor, Critic

The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect was already in the cause.

Author: Henri L. Bergson (1859-1941)

Profession: French Philosopher

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.

Author: Caleb Bingham (1811-1879)

Profession: American Painter