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With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future.  I live now.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

One problem with gazing too frequently into the past is that we may turn around to find the future has run out on us.  ~Michael Cibenko

There is no distance on this earth as far away as yesterday.  ~Robert Nathan, So Love Returns

You can clutch the past so tightly to your chest that it leaves your arms too full to embrace the present.  ~Jan Glidewell

Would you keep a chive on your tooth just because you enjoyed last night's potato?  ~From the television show Boston Common

I have memories - but only a fool stores his past in the future.  ~David Gerrold

Do not let your shadow walk you.  You are not a slave of the past.  ~Dodinsky,

I can't wait all my life
On a street of broken dreams.
~Journey, "It Could Have Been You"

No man is rich enough to buy back his past.  ~Oscar Wilde

It's but little good you'll do a-watering the last year's crops.  ~George Eliot, Adam Bede, 1859

We seem to be going through a period of nostalgia, and everyone seems to think yesterday was better than today.  I don't think it was, and I would advise you not to wait ten years before admitting today was great.  If you're hung up on nostalgia, pretend today is yesterday and just go out and have one hell of a time.  ~Art Buchwald

If you are still talking about what you did yesterday, you haven't done much today.  ~Author Unknown

Don't let yesterday use up too much of today.  ~Cherokee Indian Proverb

The past is a good place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there.  ~Author Unknown

Living the past is a dull and lonely business; looking back strains the neck muscles, causing you to bump into people not going your way.  ~Edna Ferber

I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes.  ~Carl Sandburg, "Prairie," Complete Poems, 1950

The past is never there when you try to go back.  It exists, but only in memory.  To pretend otherwise is to invite a mess.  ~Chris Cobbs

Waste not fresh tears over old griefs.  ~Euripides, Alexander

The past is a guidepost, not a hitching post.  ~L. Thomas Holdcroft

We cannot carry our father's corpse with us everywhere we go.  ~Guillaume Apollinaire, The Cubist Painters, 1913

The Past is the textbook of tyrants; the Future the Bible of the Free.  Those who are solely governed by the Past stand like Lot's wife, crystallized in the act of looking backward, and forever incapable of looking before.  ~Herman Melville, White Jacket

No yesterdays are ever wasted for those who give themselves to today.  ~Brendan Francis

I need neither future nor past, but to learn to take today not too fast.  ~Jeb Dickerson, 

People are always asking about the good old days.  I say, why don't you say the good now days?  ~Robert M. Young

Having spent the better part of my life trying either to relive the past or experience the future before it arrives, I have come to believe that in between these two extremes is peace.  ~Author Unknown

"Old times" never come back and I suppose it's just as well.  What comes back is a new morning every day in the year, and that's better.  ~George E. Woodberry

Opportunities fly by while we sit regretting the chances we have lost, and the happiness that comes to us we heed not, because of the happiness that is gone.  ~Jerome K. Jerome, The Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow, 1889

When one door closes another door opens; but we so often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.  ~Alexander Graham Bell

You have to wake up a virgin each morning.  ~Jean-Louis Barrault

We can easily manage if we will only take, each day, the burden appointed to it.  But the load will be too heavy for us if we carry yesterday's burden over again today, and then add the burden of the morrow before we are required to bear it.  ~John Newton

If you have one eye on yesterday, and one eye on tomorrow, you're going to be cockeyed today.  ~Author Unknown

Stay on top of your past so you can have a better view of your future.  ~Dodinsky, 

Our past is like a footprint.  It only confirms we were there.  No burden on our future does it bear.  Bring the rain, clear the pane of clutter.  ~Jeb Dickerson, 

Nothing is worth more than this day.  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Today is the greatest
Day I've ever known
Can't live for tomorrow,
Tomorrow's much too long....
~Billy Corgan, "Today," Siamese Dream (Smashing Pumpkins), 1993

The living moment is everything.  ~D.H. Lawrence

Take your eyes off what you lost.  ~Daniel, 

Rejoice in the things that are present; all else is beyond thee.  ~Montaigne

Nothing ever gets anywhere.  The earth keeps turning round and gets nowhere.  The moment is the only thing that counts.  ~Jean Cocteau, Professional Secrets, 1922

Eternity is not something that begins after you are dead.  It is going on all the time.  ~Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Forever is composed of nows.  ~Emily Dickinson