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History is the interpretation of the significance that the past has for us. Johan Huizinga
The common people have no history: persecuted by the present, they cannot think of preserving the memory of the past. Jean Henri Fabre
History never looks like history when you are living through it. John W. Gardner
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. Buddha
The illusion that times that were are better than those that are, has probably pervaded all ages. Horace Greeley
We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future. Frederick Douglass
I'm a politician. What I say is not holy writ. Jacob K. Javits
Never underestimate how history injects itself into the present. Leon Aron
I am slow to listen to criminations among friends, and never espouse their quarrels on either side…allow by—gones to be by—gones, and look to the present & future only. Abraham Lincoln
History isn’t just what happened before we came on the scene. We are a part of history.. David McCullough
Think today and speak tomorrow Vietnamese Proberb
I don't think of the past. The only thing that matters is the everlasting present. W. Somerset Maugham
Neither man nor nation can prosper unless, in dealing with the present, thought is steadily taken for the future. Theodore Roosevelt
Ere we can forecast the future we must understand the present and bring a just sense of proportion to our review of the history of the past. James Connolly
The past is the present and the future too. History News Network
The past is the present, isn't it? It's the future, too. We all try to lie out of that but life won't let us Eugene O'Neill
Present and future conditions will determine the American public’s attitude on this war. Jeff Greenfield
What happens today can affect what happens tomorrow, but it cannot affect what happened yesterday. Condoleeza Rice
The present contains nothing more than the past, and what is found in the effect is already in the cause. Henri Bergson
This is a new time, a new age. We are living now! William W. Bradley
If we don't have a future, then we haven't got a present. Robert Brown
The Present is the living sum-total of the whole Past. Thomas Carlyle
If the past is any guide our [current] beliefs will be wrong as our past beliefs have been wrong. Noam Chomsky
If we open a quarrel between the present and the past, we shall be in danger of losing our future. Winston Churchill
Write down the advice of him who loves you, though you like it not at present. English Proverb or Saying
History is past politics, and politics present history. Edward Augustus Freeman
Such violent propensity have men to complain of the present times. David Hume
In all your acts, self interest shall be cast away. Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people, and have always in view not only the present, but of the coming generations. Iroquois Nation
[Barry] Goldwater wants to repeal the present and veto the future. Lyndon B. Johnson
The now, the here, through which all future plunges into the past. James Joyce
The United States’ tendency to use Europe’s past against Europe’s present, as if a Munich or a Vichy were just around the corner, is vexing. Dominique Moisi
The electronic media are not very good at history. It is a world of the eternal now. Lewis H. Lapham
It is not well to go into things long past, unless to learn something for our present guidance Leo X; Giovanni de Medici
The dogmas of the quite past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country. Abraham Lincoln
The dogmas of the quiet past, are inadequate to the stormy present. Abraham Lincoln
Ancient histories provide windows to knowing current affairs. Chinese Proverb
In times like these, it is helpful to remember that there have always been times like these Paul Harvey
Put out of your mind what is past and do not fret and worry about what has not yet come to pass. Adarbad Mahraspandan
Spain today, rather than a nation, is a cloud of dust remaining after a great people have galloped down the highway of history. Jose Ortega y Gasset
Amid the pressure of world events, neither a general principle nor the remembrance of similar circumstances is of any help . . . . Something like pale recollection has no power against the vitality and freedom of the present Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel
Often do the spirits Of great events stride on before the event. And in today already walks tomorrow. Johann Friedrich von Schiller
The Past, The Present, For the Future Hezekiah Niles
while the modern historical school of economists appear to be only exploring the monuments of the past, they are really shaking the foundations of many of our institutions in the present. Arnold J. Toynbee
Washington: A city obsessed with the present. Rashid Khalidi
The world many of our capabilities and alliances were created to address, no longer exists. Mitt Romney
Why gentyllmen in this present time be not equall in doctrine to the ancient noble men Thomas Elyot
History is the present. That's why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product. E. L. Doctorow
A regret for the mistakes of yesterday must not, however, blind us to the tasks of today. Warren G. Harding
The past should have a vote but not a veto. Mordecai M. Kaplan
To whom can I speak today? There are no righteous men. The land is surrendered to criminals. Anonymous
The long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead. John Maynard Keynes
The importance of money essentially flows from its being a link between the present and the future. John Maynard Keynes
What happened yesterday affects today; what happens today will affect tomorrow/ Madeleine Albright
History is easy to change. A. Raymond Randolph
The visionaries of yesterday are the realists of today. Helmut Kohl
The past is a present force. Sigmund Freud
Philosophy triumphs easily over past and future evils; but present evils triumph over philosophy. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Gratitude looks to the past and love to the present. Fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead. C. S. Lewis
The toe you step on today may be connected to the foot that kicks your ass tomorrow. Buddy Cianci
We must do our best to shape the future. But we must not wish away the dangers of the present. Benjamin Netanyahu
We can either have a hard decade or a bad century. Thomas Friedman
We are not able to sacrifice our short term interests for the sake of the long term. Michael Lewis
What happens today or tomorrow is of little consequence. The tendencies of a nation are all that count. Elihu Root
The circumstances of the world are continually changing, and the opinions of man change also; and as government is for the living, and not for the dead, it is the living only that has any right in it. Thomas Paine
Historical analogy is the last refuge of people who can't grasp the current situation. Kim Stanley Robinson
Society is a partnership not only by those who are living, but between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born. Edmund Burke
The carbon lobby knew perfectly well that global warming posed real dangers, but it chose to deny those dangers and disparage anyone who sought to bring them to public attention. The lobby put its immediate economic interests ahead of humanity’s future well-being. Mark Hertsgaard
Climate change had arrived a century sooner than expected, and future generations were no longer the only victims. Mark Hertsgaard
There is no greater sorrow Than to be mindful of the happy time In misery Dante Alighieri
I wouldn’t give a nickel for all the history in the world. It means nothing to me. History is more or less bunk. It's tradition. We don't want tradition. We want to live in the present and the only history that is worth a tinker's damn is the history we make today. Henry Ford
In the midst of events there is no perspective. Barbara Tuchman
It would be well if, in studying the past, we could always bear in mind the problems of the present Arnold J. Toynbee
Let the future tell the truth and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, mine. Nikola Tesla
The present enables us to understand the past, not the other way round. Alan Taylor
Rash indeed is he who reckons on the morrow, or happily on days beyond it; for tomorrow is not, until today is past. Sophocles
Upstart greatness is everywhere less respected than ancient greatness. Adam Smith
Why should we put up with the present evils in our society? As opposed to the society we are visualizing, the present one can be described as a diseased one. …. Of course, the disease did not appear like a bolt from the blue, either yesterday, or last year. It is the result of factors that have deep roots and long lives. These consist of privations, discriminations oppressions, bigotries, hatreds, and hostilities; poverty, ignorance, hunger, and illiteracy. Each and all of these have been left to us as an evil heritage from the past. The fundamental difference between our situation today and that of our forefathers is that now knowledge has enabled us to realize that these evils are neither natural nor inevitable in the same way as we have found that cholera or the bubonic plague are not necessary calamities. Mohammed Reza Pahlavi
What we must learn to do is to create unbreakable bonds between the sciences and the humanities. We cannot procrastinate. The world of the future is in our making. Tomorrow is now. Eleanor Roosevelt
What we must learn to do is to create unbreakable bonds between the sciences and the humanities. We cannot procrastinate. The world of the future is in our making. Tomorrow is now. Eleanor Roosevelt
The past and the present are within the field of my inquiry, but what a man may do in the future is a hard question to answer. Arthur Conan Doyle
Shall we never, never get rid of this Past? It lies upon the Present like a giant's dead body Nathaniel Hawthorne
Events are as much the parents of the future as they were the children of the past. John Galsworthy
It is not wise to neglect the present for the future, for who knows what the future will be. H. Rider Haggard
To-day we love what to-morrow we hate; to-day we seek what to-morrow we shun; to-day we desire what to-morrow we fear. Daniel Defoe
… one may safely say that, of all the ages since a coin first became the symbol of power, ours is that in which it yields to the majority of its possessors the poorest return in heart's contentment. George Gissing
It is a very poor thing, whether for nations or individuals, to advance the history of great deeds done in the past as an excuse for doing poorly in the present; but it is an excellent thing to study the history of the great deeds of the past, and of the great men who did them, with an earnest desire to profit thereby so as to render better service in the present. Theodore Roosevelt
Anyone who fights for the future, lives in it today. Ayn Rand
Examine history; consult present experience; and you will find that far the greater part of the quarrels between several nations had scarce any other occasion than that these nations were different combinations of people, and called by different names: to an Englishman, the name of a Frenchman, a Spaniard, an Italian, much more a Turk, or a Tartar, raises of course ideas of hatred and contempt. Edmund Burke
A man cannot be in the seventeenth century and the nineteenth at one and the same moment. Thomas Carlyle
We are that future generation of the past, inheritors of all the wishful thinking, simple illogic and flawed compromises that produced the near-term benefits our parents and grandparents worried about but ultimately wanted. David Stockman
In society at large, … nostalgia can distort our understanding of the world in dangerous ways, making it needlessly negative about our current situation. Stephanie Coontz
Burke ever held, and held rightly, that it can seldom be right . . . to sacrifice a present benefit for a doubtful advantage in the future. . . . It is therefore the happiness of our own contemporaries that is our main concern John Maynard Keynes
If individuals have no sufficient reason to believe that a good situation today will have adverse long-term consequences, it must always be rational for them to aim to maximize their short-term good. John Maynard Keynes
Trying to recreate for people the ways in which the past was similar to the present is an important part of what a historian has to do, and what a student of foreign policy has to do. Walter Russell Mead
America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future Frederick Douglass
No single conflict from the past can serve as a reliable model for struggles in the present. Daniel Larison
What man needs is not just the persistent posing of ultimate questions, but the sense of what is feasible, what is possible, what is correct, here and now. Hans-Georg Gadamer
Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past. Eric Blair; George
We must discard the past in order to find a remedy for the evils of the present. Johann Heinrich von Bernstorff
While the United States of today is not the United States of yesterday there are unmistakable indications that she is also not the United States of tomorrow. Edward Mandell House
… from the dawn of history to the present time, men have paid the homage of their gratitude and admiration to the memory of those who nobly sacrifice their lives, that their fellow-men may live in safety and in honor. Edward Everett
Each day has its own destiny. Yesterday is history, today is opportunity while tomorrow is mystery. T. B. Joshua
An impeachable offense is whatever a majority of the House of Representatives considers it to be at a given moment in history. Gerald R. Ford
A politics of vengeance is not politics. Revenge is a recklessness towards the future in a vain attempt to make the present abolish a suffering which is already past. Bernard Crick
Politics is history in the present tense John Avlon
To-day is the parent of to-morrow. The present casts its shadow far into the future. That is the law of life, individual and social .... The means used to prepare the future become its cornerstone. Emma Goldman
I think, that it is our common duty from now on to stop Chinese penetration of the international Communist movement and in relation to Western powers to show China as the main present and future troublemaker. Ivan Ivanovich Agayants
The legislative branch acts for the future. Judges act by reflecting on the past. The President has to deal with the realities of today. Andrew Card
History is a dubious guide to current politics. Henry Williams Brands
Governments, however, must think not only of the present, but of the rights of future generations. Pierre Crabites
One of the hardest things in politics is getting a democracy to deal with something now where the payoff is long term or the price of inaction is decades away. Barack Obama
Falsehoods which we spurn to-day Were the truths of long ago. John Greenleaf Whittier
You have to live in the present; not on memories. Bill Clinton
There can be no assumption that today’s majority is “right”. Warren E. Burger
Party historians go to the past for party purposes; they seek to read into the past the controversies of the present. Arnold J. Toynbee
While the modern historical school of economists appear to be only exploring the monuments of the past, they are really shaking the foundations of many of our institutions in the present. Arnold J. Toynbee
Commemorating the present and looking forward to a more promising future has always depended on learning from the past.. Estevan Rael-Galvez
For the first time in history all people on earth have a common present…. Every country has become the moat immediate neighbor of every other country, and every man feels the shock of events which take place at the other end of the globe. Hannah Arendt
For those things which were done either by our fathers or ancestors, and in which we ourselves had no share, I can scarcely call our own. Ovid
Presidents look back seeking both inspiration for the future and sanction for the moment Jon Meacham
Our system presumes that there are certain principles that are more important than the temper of the times. And you must have a judge who is detached, who is independent, who is fair, who is committed only to those principles, and not public pressures of other sort. Anthony Kennedy
The educational institutions of today determine the ecomomies of tomorrow. Andreas Schleicher

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