William Faulkner

“The past isn’t dead. It’s not even past.”

  • Requiem for a Nun(1951)

John Milton

“The superior man acquaints himself with many sayings of antiquity and many deeds of the past, in order to strengthen his character thereby.”

William Shakespeare

“What’s past is prologue.”

  • The Tempest(1611), Act 2, Scene I

Oscar Wilde

“The past is of no importance. The present is of no importance. It is with the future that we have to deal. For the past is what man should not have been. The present is what man ought not to be. The future is what artists are.”

  • The Soul of Man under Socialism(1891)