Sermon quotes on the Past

Augustine of Hippo (Attributed)

There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future.

Napoleon Bonaparte

History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon.

Phillips Brooks

The only way to get rid of your past is to make a future out of it. God will waste nothing.

Miguel de Cervantes 

“… truth, whose mother is history, who is the rival of time, depository of deeds, witness of the past, example and lesson to the present, and warning to the future.”

Don Quixote

William Faulkner

“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”

Requiem for a Nun

Nathaniel Hawthorne

“Shall we never never get rid of this Past? … It lies upon the Present like a giant’s dead body.”

The House of the Seven Gables

Carl Jung

Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life and you will call it fate.

C. Sreechinth, Musings of Carl Jung (Roosevelt, UT: UB Tech, 2018), 41.

Søren Kierkegaard

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

Stephen King

“When it comes to the past, everyone writes fiction.”


Anne Lamott

..the three things I cannot change are the past, the truth, and you.

Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers

C.S. Lewis

Gratitude looks to the Past and love to the Present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.

The Screwtape Letters

George Santayana

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

William Shakespeare

“What’s past is prologue.”

The Tempest

George Bernard Shaw

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.

Immaturity (London: Constable and Company, 1931), xxiv.

Aleksander I. Solzhenitsyn

“No, don’t! Don’t dig up the past! Dwell on the past and you’ll lose an eye.” But the proverb goes on to say: “forget the past and you’ll lose both eyes.”

The Gulag Archipelago  

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It is not the experience of today that drives us mad; it is the remorse or bitterness for something which happened yesterday.