We all have pasts


1. “Your past doesn’t define who you are. It just gives you the starting point for who you’re going to be.

Agent Carolina

2. “Some of the best lessons we ever learn are learned from past mistakes. The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future.

Dale Turner

3. “My past has not defined me, destroyed me, deterred me, or defeated me; it has only strengthened me.

Steve Maraboli

4. “The past is our definition. We may strive, with good reason, to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it, but we will escape it only by adding something better to it.

Wendell Berry

5. “I am not someone who is ashamed of my past. I’m actually really proud. I know I made a lot of mistakes, but they, in turn, were my life lessons.

Drew Barrymore

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

Alan Moore

7. “The past speaks to us in a thousand voices, warning and comforting, animating and stirring to action.

Felix Adler

8. “Just because the past taps you on the shoulders, doesn’t mean you have to look back.


9. “Don’t let yesterday use up too much of today.

Will Rogers

10. “Consider the past and you shall know the future.

Chinese Proverbs

11. “We can draw lessons from the past, but we cannot live in it.

Lyndon B. Johnson

12. “Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.

Robert H. Schuller

13. “The one charm of the past is that it is the past.

Oscar Wilde

14. “The past is always judged by the present.

Neith Boyce

15. “We go to the past to lay the blame – since the past can’t argue.

Glen Duncan

16. “When we recall the past, we usually find that it is the simplest things – not the great occasions – that in retrospect give off the greatest glow of happiness.

Bob Hope

17. “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

18. “Events in the past may be roughly divided into those which probably never happened and those which do not matter.

William Ralph Inge

19. “Your past is always your past. Even if you forget it, it remembers you.

Sarah Dessen

20. “To put the past behind you, you must accept that you’ve moved beyond it.


21. “It’s okay to look back at your past. Just don’t stare.

Benjamin Dover