Quotable #82: Past and Present


“He who controls the past, controls the future; and he who controls the present, controls the past.” — George Orwell, 1984, 1949

“The past can’t now be altered, the future has yet to be lived, and consciously to experience every moment of the present is the only way to gain at least the illusion of immortality.” — P. D. James, Time To Be in Earnest: A Fragment of Autobiography, 1999

“Life moves forward. The old leaves wither, die and fall away, and the new growth extends forward into the light.” — Bryant McGill, Voice of Reason, 2012

“We live in the present with knowledge that the past is alive in us — our history speaks to us. The future represents an idea or expectations that influence our present state of mind.” — Kilroy J. Oldster, Dead Toad Scrolls, 2016

“The past and present are after all so close, almost one, as if time were an artificial teasing out of a material which longs to join, to interpenetrate, and to become heavy and very small like some of those heavenly bodies scientists tell us of.” — Iris Murdoch

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