William Faulkner - Agathon - George Orwell & 1984 - Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads TV - L P Hartley - Eugene O'Neill - John Dryden - Richard Dawkins - Percy Bysshe Shelley - Mysterious Skin 2004 - Total Recall 2012 - Star Trek: The Next Generation TV - Oscar Wilde - The Great Gatsby 2013 - Edmund Burke - Thomas Hardy - Anton Chekhov - Stevie Smith - George Santayana - Peter Ackroyd - Aravind Adiga - Douglas Adams - Rab C Nesbitt TV - Penn & Teller TV - William Shakespeare - Ecclesiastes 3:15 - Carl Sagan TV - Mark Twain - Stephen Hawking TV - Kip Thorne - Michio Kaku - Richard Gott - Ronald Mallett - Isaac Asimov TV - BBC Horizon - The Universe TV - Brian Cox TV - Morgan Freeman TV - F Scott Fitzgerald – Robert Tressell – Samuel Butler – Winston Churchill - Adam Curtis TV - Gomorrah TV - Tom Hopkins -
140,948. The past is not dead. It isn’t even past. William Faulkner
726. Even a god cannot change the past. (Gods & Past) Agathon 445 B.C.
122,229. The past is a curious thing. It’s with you all the time. I suppose an hour never passes without you’re thinking of things that happened ten or twenty years ago. And yet most of the time it’s got no reality; it’s just a set of facts you learned like a lot of stuff in the history books. Then, some chance or sound or smell, especially smell, sets you going. And the past doesn’t merely come back to you: you are actually in the past. (Write & Literature & Biography & Author & Books & Past) George Orwell, cited Arena: George Orwell I: Such Were the Joys, BBC 1983
72,617. ‘Who controls the past,’ ran the Party slogan, ‘controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.’ (Fascism & Control & Future & Past & Present) George Orwell, 1984
96,967. The past, he reflected had not merely been altered, it had been actually destroyed. ibid.
96,986. At all times the Party is in possession of absolute truth, and clearly the absolute can never have been different from what it is now. It will be seen that the control of the past depends above all on the training of memory. (Parties Political & Past) ibid.
84,728. Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date. In this way every prediction made by the Party could be shown by documentary evidence to have been correct; nor was any item of news, or any expression of opinion, which conflicted with the needs of the moment, ever allowed to remain on record. All history was a palimpsest, scraped clean and reinscribed exactly as often as was necessary. 1984 (1984) starring John Hurt & Richard Burton & Suzanna Hamilton & Cyril Cusack & Gregor Fisher & James Walker & David Cann & Anthony Benson & Peter Frye & Roger Lloyd-Pack & Rupert Baderman et al, director Michael Radford
135,218. Oh what happened to you?
Whatever happened to me?
What became of the people we used to be?
Tomorrow’s almost over, today went by so fast
It’s the only thing to look forward to, the past. (Change & Past) Whatever Happened to the Likely Lads, TV series theme
84,720. The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there. L P Hartley, The Go-Between 1953
1,154. The only living life is in the past and future … the present is an interlude … strange interlude in which we call on past and future to bear witness we are living. (Life’s Like That & Past & Present & Future) Eugene O’Neill, Strange Interlude 1928
1,159. None would live past years again,
Yet all hope pleasure in what yet remain;
And, from the dregs of life, think to receive,
What the first sprightly running could not give. (Life’s Like That & Past & Future) John Dryden 1631-1700, Aureng-Zebe
84,732. Not Heaven itself upon the past has power;
But what has been, has been, and I have had my hour. John Dryden
95,856. Information on how to handle the present so as to survive into the future is necessarily gleaned from the past. Non-random survival of DNA in ancestral bodies is the obvious way in which information from the past is recorded for future use, and this is the route by which the primary database of DNA is built up. But there are three further ways in which information about the past is archived in such a way that it can be used to improve future chances of survival. There are the immune system, the nervous system, and culture. (DNA & Evolution & Past) Richard Dawkins, The Greatest Show on Earth p406
9,150. The world is weary of the past,
Oh, might it die or rest at last! (Death & World & Past) Percy Bysshe Shelley, Hellas 1822
22,730. I wish there was some way for us to go back and undo the past but there wasn’t. There’s nothing we can do. (GBH Films & Past) Mysterious Skin 2004 starring Brady Corbet & Joseph Gordon-Levitt & Michelle Trachtenberg & Jeff Licon & Bill Sage & Mary Lynn Rajskub & Elisabeth Shue & Richard Riehle & Kelly Kruger et al, director Gregg Araki
23,741. I’m talking about us following the same routine day after day year after year without questioning it. (Science Fiction Films & Past & GBH Films) Total Recall 2012 starring Colin Farrell & Kate Beckinsale & Jessica Biel & Bryan Cranston & Bokeem Woodbine & Bill Nighty & John Cho & Steve Byers & Ethan Hawke et al, director Len Wiseman, hero to Harry
23,742. The past is a construct of the mind. (Science Fiction Films & Past & GBH Films) ibid. Matthias
24,281. Open you mind to the past – art, history, philosophy. (Star Trek: The Next Generation & Past) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Samaritan Snare s2e17, Picard to Crusher
50,035. No man is rich enough to buy back his past. (Rich & Past) Oscar Wilde
73,841. I like men who have a future and women who have a past. (Future & Past) Oscar Wilde
73,842. Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. (Future & Past) Oscar Wilde
62,237. So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. (1920s & Past) The Great Gatsby 2013 starring Leonardo di Caprio & Tobey McGuire & Carey Mulligan & Joel Edgerton & Isla Fisher & Jason Clarke & Elizabeth Debicki & Jack Thompson & Amitabh Bachchan et al, director Baz Luhrmann
84,721. You can never control the future by the past. Edmund Burke
84,722. When the Present has latched its postern behind my tremulous stay,
And the May month flaps its glad green leaves like wings,
Delicate-filmed as new-spun silk, will the neighbours say,
‘He was a man who used to notice such things?’ Thomas Hardy, Afterwards 1917
84,723. To begin to live in the present, we must first atone for our past and be finished with it, and we can only atone for it by suffering, by extraordinary, unceasing exertion. Anton Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard
84,724. People who are always praising the past
And especially the times of faith as best
Ought to go and live in the Middle Ages
And be burnt at the stake as witches and sages. (Past & Witch & Middle Ages) Stevie Smith, The Past 1957
84,725. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana, The Life of Reason 1905, variations & attributions
84,726. I don’t believe necessarily the past is in the past. It’s eternal, it’s all around us. Peter Ackroyd
84,727. If only a man could spit his past out so easily. Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger
84,729. ‘How can I tell,’ said the man, ‘that the past isn’t a fiction designed to account for the discrepancy between my immediate physical sensations and my state of mind?’ Douglas Adams, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe
84,730. It’s not the present that does you in, it’s the past. Rab C Nesbitt, Country, BBC 1992
84,731. The fuckupedness of people who want to live in the past ... Blast from the past bullshit. Penn & Teller, Bullshit! Good Ol’ Days s6e10
84,733. Things that are past are done. William Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra I ii 90, Antony
84,734. That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past. Ecclesiastes 3:15
84,735. You have to know the past to understand the present. Carl Sagan
91,149. Whether such time travel can be done consistently with causes preceding effects, say, rather than following them: does Nature contrive it so that even with a time machine you can’t intervene to prevent your own conception, for example? (Time & Past) Carl Sagan & Ann Druyan, Cosmos: Journeys in Space and Time 1979
91,154. It might be that time travel into the past is possible. But they haven’t got to our Time yet ... Then there’s the possibility they’re here all right, and we don’t see them. (Time & Past) Carl Sagan, interview Horizon: The Time Lords, BBC 1996
84,736. For the majority of us, the past is a regret, the future an experiment. (Past & Future & Regret & Experiment) Mark Twain
91,130. A physicist working on the possibility of travel into the past has to be careful not to be labelled a crank or accused of wasting public money on science fiction fantasy. Nevertheless, it is an important question. (Time & Past) Professor Stephen Hawking, interview Horizon: The Time Lords, BBC 1996
91,131. To make time travel possible one seems to need both general relativity which describes the large-scale structure of the universe and quantum mechanics which governs very small scales. These two theories are inconsistent with each other as they stand so we need to find a new theory that combines them. (Time & Past) ibid.
91,134. Time travel might be possible. But if that is the case, why haven’t we been overrun by tourists from the future? (Time & Past & Future) ibid.