Our past often draws our thoughts. We must be mindful however that we do not dwell too much there. Living in the past generally causes bad emotions such as regret, shame or even depression. To be fully alive, we must learn to live in the now. To appreciate each moment as we are experiencing it and to ensure we don’t let opportunities pass us by.

It’s such an easy thing for our minds to be brawn to analyse the past. But by practicing mindfulness, we can train our minds to stop the journey backwards and appreciate everything that is happening in the now. Reading Quotes about the past can really help us to understand the dangers of living there.


Here are 55 Quotes about the past and letting the past go!


“No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.” – Gautama Buddha


“The present changes the past. Looking back you do not find what you left behind.” – Kiran Desai

“Know that everything is in perfect order whether you understand it or not.” – Valery Satterwhite


“Let your past make you better, not bitter.” – Author unknown


“Every journey into the past is complicated by delusions, false memories, false namings of real events.” – Adrienne Rich


“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – Alan Kay


“Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.” – Albert Camus


“The distinction between the past, present and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.” – Albert Einstein


“The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.” -Andre Maurois


“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.” – Bil Keane


“What’s done is done; What is gone is gone. One of life’s lessons is to keep moving. It’s ok to look back and think of fond memories, but always keep moving forward.” – Author unknown


“Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” – Buddha


“I never see what has been done; I only see what remains to be done.” – Buddha


“You realise that our mistrust of the future makes it hard to give up the past.” – Chuck Palahniuk


“Study the past if you would define the future.” – Confucius


“Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.” – Cormac McCarthy


“Memories are the key not to the past, but to the future.” – Corrie Ten Boom


“Sooner or later we’ve all got to let go of our past.” – Dan Brown


“Don’t cry over the past, it’s gone. Don’t stress about the future, it hasn’t arrived. Live in the present and make it beautiful.” – Author unknown


“Don’t let yesterday take up too much of today.” – Author unknown


“Don’t lose your present to your past.” – Author unknown


“The past is not a package one can layaway.” – Emily Dickinson


“It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.” – Epictetus


“Every man is his own ancestor, and every man his own heir. He devises his own fortune, and he inherits his own past.” – Francis Herbert Hedge


“When we are tired, we are attracted by ideas we conquered long ago.” – Friedrich Nietzsche


“We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.” – George Bernard Shaw


“It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it, and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.” – George Harrison


“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana


“Unfortunately, the clock is ticking, the hours are going by. The past increases, the future recedes. Possibilities decreasing, regrets mounting.” – Haruki Murakami


“Best not to mix the past with the present. The present paints the past with gold. The past paints the present with lead.” – Henry Rollins


“Inhale the future, exhale the past.” – Author unknown


“I realise there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go.” – Jeffrey McDaniel


“Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future.” – John F. Kennedy


“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” – Johnny Cash


“The past is never where you think you left it.” – Katherine Anne Porter


“It is one thing to learn about the past; it is another to wallow in it.” – Kenneth Auchincloss


“If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present.” – Lao Tzu


“Let your past make you better, not bitter.” – Lao Tzu


“Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.” – Mother Teresa


“No matter how hard the past, you can always begin again.” – Author unknown


“Pain makes you stronger, tears make you braver, and heartbreak makes you wiser. So thank the past for a better future.” – Author unknown


“We are products of our own past, but we don’t have to be prisoners of it.” – Rick Warren


“Always look at what you have left. Never look at what you have lost.” – Robert H. Schuller


“Today expect something good to happen to you no matter what occurred yesterday.” – Sarah Ban Breathnach


“Life can only be understood backwards, but it must be lived forwards.” – Søren Kierkegaard


“Sometimes letting go is simply changing the labels you place on an event. Looking at the same event with fresh eyes.” – Steve Maraboli


“If people refuse to look at you in a new light and they can only see you for what you were, only see you for the mistakes you’ve made, if they don’t realise that you are not your mistakes, then they have to go.” – Steve Maraboli


“Only by acceptance of the past, can you alter it.” – T. S. Eliot


“The past can hurt, but the way I see it; you can either run from it or learn from it.” – The Lion King


“The more anger you hold in your heart towards the past, the less capable you are of loving the present.” – Author unknown


“Don’t brood on the past, but don’t forget it either.” – Thomas H. Raddal


“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” – Thomas Jefferson


“The longer you live in the past, the less future you have to enjoy.” – Author unknown


“The investor of today does not profit from yesterday’s growth.” – Warren Buffett


“The past is always tense, the future perfect.” – Zadie Smith