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Painful Past Quotes


"Meditation is a process of getting rid of the whole past, of getting rid of all diseases, of getting rid of all the pus that has gathered in you. It is painful, but it is cleansing, and there is no other way to cleanse you." - Rajneesh

"No matter how painful your past has been, you have made it through." - Iyanla Vanzant

"Letting go of your painful past is how you open yourself to a wonderful future." - Bryant H Mcgill

"And painful pleasure turns to pleasing pain." - Edmund Spenser

"Holding on to painful images of the past in order to avoid painful experiences in the future serves only to color the present with pain." - Bill Crawford

"Life is painful, nasty and short.. in my case it has only been painful and nasty." - Djuna Barnes

"What happened in the past that was painful has a great deal to do with what we are today, but revisiting this painful past can contribute little or nothing to what we need to do now." - William Glasser

"The future is easy because it doesn't exist; but the past is painful because it lives forever." - Fred Durst

"The future is easy because it does' exist; but the past is painful because it lives forever." - Fred Durst

"When something's painful, you just avoid it. Why bother dredging up the past if it's nothing but bad stuff?" - Shane Koyczan

"I think a lot of us can relate to not choosing to face a painful memory, and something that's a painful past, and wanting to pretend like it never happened." - Derek Magyar

"The past was so past it hurt." - Rick Moody

"Watching my own past heartache and experience day after day - it was gut-wrenching, cathartic, beautiful, and painful. That and shooting the film in less than a month." - Leslye Headland

"We cannot change past events, no matter how painful, but we can always intend how we 'feel' about them and heal ourselves." - Robert Anthony

"I don't know of any other creature on earth other than man that will sit in a corner and cry because of some painful experience in the past." - Pat Morita

"If you cannot free people from their wrongs and see them as the needy people they are, you enslave yourself to your own painful past and by fastening yourself to the past, you let your hate become your future." - Lewis B Smedes

"I've never tried to block out the memories of the past, even though some are painful. I don't understand people who hide from their past. Everything you live through helps to make you the person you are now." - Sophia Loren

"Liberals tend to romanticize the past, past leaders' failures." - Jonathan Chait

"A praiser of past times." - Horace

"Sometimes compromise is painful." - Madeleine M Kunin

"Romantic love is painful." - William

"You have to make the decision to let go of the past if you want to move forward. Reliving your painful past will poison your heart and your tomorrow. If you look at today through the eyes of the past, you can never see what the present moment has to offer." - Bryant H Mcgill

"I am the Ghost of Christmas Past.' 'Long Past?' inquired Scrooge.... 'No. Your past." - Charles Dickens

"Although your past has been painful devastating or cruel God has promised to be a Restorer and a Redeemer. He says He will "give us gladness in proportion to our former misery " and "replace the evil years with good"." - Sue Augustine

"On me, on me Time and change can heap no more! The painful past with blighting grief Hath left my heart a withered leaf. Time and change can do no more." - Richard Henry Horne

"Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragements, and doubts. We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts, and the painful groping." - Eric Hoffer

"Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragements and doubts. We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts, and the painful groping." - Ethel Barrymore

"We should not forget, no matter how we quantify it: 'Freedom is not free.' It is a painful lesson, but one from which we have learned in the past and one we should never forget." - Paul Gillmor

"Had history been democratic in its ways, there would have been no farming and no indsturial revolution. Both leaps into the future were occasioned by unbearably painful crises that made most people wish they could recoil into the past." - Yanis Varoufakis

"It is painful to recall a past intensity, to estimate your distance from the Belsen heap, to make your peace with numbers. Just to get up each morning is to make a kind of peace." - Leonard Cohen

"On me, on me Time and change can heap no more! The painful past with blighting grief Hath left my heart a withered leaf. Time and change can do no more." - Richard Henry Horne

"The past does not haunt us. We haunt the past. We allow our minds to focus in that direction. We open memories and examine them. We reexperience emotions we felt during the painful events we experienced because we are recalling them in as much detail as we can." - Augusten Burroughs

"Our achievements speak for themselves. What we have to keep track of are our failures, discouragements and doubts. We tend to forget the past difficulties, the many false starts, and the painful groping. We see our past achievements as the end results of a clean forward thrust, and our present difficulties as signs of decline and decay." - Eric Hoffer

"Those of us who obsess over every word and action are constantly recalling past events, but that doesn't make them any less painful, nor does it help us transcend them. To write memoir, you have to not only recollect past events, you have to revisit them. You have to get back to the mental and emotional state you were in during those events." - Janice Erlbaum

"Nearly every understanding is gained by a painful struggle in which belief and unbelief are dramatically interwoven." - Leopold Infeld

"The violence done us by others is often less painful than that which we do to ourselves." - Francois de La Rochefoucauld

"Being anxious, or in a painful rush of any kind, kills the possibility of meeting anyone with compassion" - Guy Finley

"Painful things are quickly forgotten." - Janet Morris

"Saving was slow and painful." - William Christopher Handy

"Growth is a painful process." - Wilma Mankiller

"That's painful always to lose." - Rafael Nadal

"s past history and stand alone." - Marion Woodman

"Let the dead Past bury its dead!" - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"The past is not what it was." - Gilbert K Chesterton

"The past is a funeral gone by." - Edmund Gosse

"Ignore past failures and forge ahead." - Maxwell Maltz

"The past is getting clearer and clearer" - Bulat Okudzhava

"The remembrance of past misery is sweet." - Marcus Tullius Cicero

"Your past does not define your future." - Bo

"There's no sustenance in the past." - Violette Leduc

"I don't live in the past." - Joe Montana

"Everybody's got a past. The past does not equal the future unless you live there." - Tony Robbins

"While the past is the past, it often affects our decisions later on in life." - Ka

"Where the mind is past hope, the heart is past shame." - John Lyly

"Past is past." - Pete Waterman

"There comes a time in some relationships when no matter how sincere the attempt to reconcile the differences or how strong the wish to recreate a part of the past once shared, the struggle becomes so painful that nothing else is felt and the world and all its beauty only add to the discomfort by providing cruel contrast." - Leo Buscaglia

"Living was a dangerous past-time, and often quite painful-but there was also such joy in living, such beauty, things that one would otherwise never see, never experience, never know. The risk of pain and loss was a part of living." - Jim Butcher

"In the middle of the night, things well up from the past that are not always cause for rejoicing-the unsolved, the painful encounters, the mistakes, the reasons for shame or woe. But all, good or bad, give me food for thought, food to grow on." - May Sarton

"In times of pain, when the future is too terrifying to contemplate and the past too painful to remember, I have learned to pay attention to right now. The precise moment I was in was always the only safe place for me." - Julia Cameron

"I thank the Lord that, even though things were so wrong in my life here, I finally was brought to the realization of what all those struggles were about. There are some wonderful things from your painful past, things with a beauty you may not have realized at the time." - Ravi Zacharias

"It is painful to be consciously of two worlds. The Wandering Jew in me seeks forgetfulness. I am not afraid to live on and on, if only I do not have to remember too much. A long past vividly remembered is like a heavy garment that clings to your limbs when you would run." - Mary Antin

"The mind, conditioned as it is by the past, always seeks to re-create what it knows and is familiar with. Even if it is painful, at least it is familiar. The mind always adheres to the known. The unknown is dangerous because it has no control over it. That's why the mind dislikes and ignores the present moment." - Eckhart Tolle

"In 1975,Bob Dylan was almost 10 years past his prime - and then he released the best album of his career, Blood on the Tracks. Written and recorded amid a painful divorce, Blood on the Tracks is proof that heartbreak makes great art - just as many of the albums that followed were the opposite." - Bob Dylan

"Follow me on a journey into heaven and hell, past angels and devils, into the realm of dreams. That is where our souls go when we sleep, to meet up with our soul mate, to love without abandon, without regret. For in the morning we must return to life and all its painful illusions." - Valya Dudycz Lupescu

"Meditation is a process of getting rid of the whole past, of getting rid of all diseases, of getting rid of all the pus that has gathered in you. It is painful, but it is cleansing, and there is no other way to cleanse you." - Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

"Considering the importance of resentment in our lives, and the damage it does, it receives scant attention from psychiatrists and psychologists. Resentment is a great rationalizer: it presents us with selected versions of our own past, so that we do not recognize our own mistakes and avoid the necessity to make painful choices." - Theodore Dalrymple

"I like to have Chinese furniture in my home as a constant and painful reminder of how much has been destroyed in China. The contrast between the beauty of the past and the ugliness of the modern is nowhere sharper than in China." - Jung Chang

"I think there's something really painful about your identity being entirely composed of ghosts. For me, I didn't want to be this kid whose Dominicanness was something caught utterly in the past, is an abstraction, the thing that I write about. Instead I wanted it to be, first and foremost, a thing that I lived." - Junot Diaz

"On the contrary, if they are treated with justice and humanity, proper example and the advantages of education given them, the coming years will be as bright and prosperous to the unfortunate race as the past has been dark and painful." - Nelson A Miles

"Ireland and its people have much to be proud of. Yet every land and its people have moments of shame. Dealing with the failures of our past, as a country, as a Church, or as an individual is never easy. Our struggle to heal the wounds of decades of violence, injury and painful memory in Northern Ireland are more than ample evidence of this." - Sean Brady

"I have in the past declared that in order to achieve a real, just and durable peace, I would be willing to make painful compromises. But we cannot make any compromise on the security of our citizens and their right to live without the threat of terrorism and violence." - Ariel Sharon

"If most of us remain ignorant of ourselves, it is because self-knowledge is painful and we prefer the pleasures of illusion." - Aldous Huxley

"I worry about another leg down in the economies causing social disruption because deleveragings can be very painful - it depends on how they're managed." - Salvador Dali

"Intellectual beauty is sufficient unto itself, and only for it rather than for the future good of humanity does the scholar condemn himself to arduous and painful labors." - Santiago Ramon y Cajal

"Golf is a diabolical game. It's easy to make fun of something that's so bizarre, so painful, so humiliating... yet so joyous." - Ken Green

"Learning to play golf is like learning to play the violin. It's not only difficult to do, it's very painful to everyone around you." - Hal Linden

"I keep letting you back in. How can I explain myself? As painful as this thing has been, I just can't be with no one else." - Lauryn Hill

"Loneliness is more painful than being hurt" - Eiichiro Oda

"Growth is often a painful process." - Elbert Hubbard

"Living too long exacts a painful price." - Mason Cooley

"Pleasure itself is painful at the bottom." - Michel De Montaigne

" mysteriously painful and elusive..." - William Styron

"That which is painful sharpens one's love." - Andrew Davidson

"It's too bad that stupidity isn't painful." - Anton Szandor LaVey

"Looking back doesn't have to be painful." - Chita Rivera

"Church of painful love - unfulfilled,unrequited & unattained" - Dan Brown

"It's too bad that stupidity is' painful." - Anton Szandor LaVey

"Grace changes us and change is painful"." - Flannery O'Connor

"Alas! how deeply painful is all payment!" - Lord Byron

"Lack of understanding is always painful." - Byron Katie

"But without painful experiences, we dont grow" - Betty Williams

"Surviving is much more painful than death." - Tom Clancy

"Life is painful, suffering is optional." - Sylvia Boorstein

"Life is painful to be meaningful." - Kedar Joshi

"It's a shame stupidity isn't painful." - Anton Szandor LaVey

"When it's personal and painful, humble yourself." - James MacDonald

"Collaboration is no longer painful - or precious." - Vince Clarke

"It's painful to consider anything but writing." - Emma Donoghue

"Divorce is probably as painful as death." - William Shatner

"There's nothing more painful than writing." - Paul Haggis

"Obedience is less painful than regret." - Christine Caine

"The life of men is painful." - Euripides

"We are in a very critical and sensitive time in this nation. We need our president to sit down with folks who have a personal experience, a deep connection to the horror and the pain of this country`s provocative racial history. If the president wants to have a better understanding and appreciation for what he should do next, he needs to hear something from folks who have gone through this painful history. Without that personal connection to the painful past, it will be hard for him to regain that moral authority from my perspective." - Tim Scott

"When our perils are past, shall our gratitude sleep?" - George Canning

"Declare the past, diagnose the present, foretell the future." - Hippocrates

"Whatever made you successful in the past won't in future." - Lewis E. Platt

"Create your future from your future, not your past." - Werner Erhard

"Those who live in the past are cowards and losers." - Mike Ditka

"When two people fall in love, past and future disappear." - Paulo Coelho

"The future will soon be a thing of the past." - George Carlin

"Remembering the past gives power to the present." - Fae Myenne Ng

"The past is solid, the future is liquid." - Jean-Louis Aubert

"While statistics are interesting, they're all in the past." - Vince Lombardi

"If you do not like the past, change it." - William Burton

"Knowledge is telling the past. Wisdom is predicting the future." - W. Timothy Garvey

"The inside of my wallet is pasture(past your) green." - Drake

"For you and I are past our dancing days." - William Shakespeare

"The future projects light, the past only clouds" - Eileen Gray

"Death was past, life not come: so he waited." - Robert Browning

"I know my past is not what my future holds." - R Kelly

"He who forgets the past is doomed to repeat it." - Paul Christopher

"If time is money/ I'm an hour past paid" - Lil Wayne

"The past and future / Are conquered, and reconciled." - T S Eliot

"Why write about the past? Well, there's more of it." - John Cleese

"General rules have been legislated into being by past masters." - John Ciardi

"That was in the past - we're in the future now." - David Beckham

"Your current conditions are echoes of your past choices." - Robin S. Sharma

"Germany's like Wisconsin, but with, like, a really bad past." - Daniel Tosh

"I think the future and the past are equally hypothetical." - Dan Mangan

"I've never really had a favorite player, past or present." - Magnus Carlsen

"In the past, hearing music had more value." - Girl Talk

"That's what writing is. It's moving past your fear." - Jacqueline Woodson

"Most of my influences are from the past." - Boy George

"Let go of the past and go for the future." - Henry David Thoreau

"I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes." - Carl Sandburg

"You and I are past our dancing days." - William Shakespeare

"Never has the future become so rapidly the past." - Patrick Dixon

"I didn't write any fiction until I was past thirty." - Grace Paley

"That's the past. I don't agree with retrospect." - Steve Carlton

"I wanted to make connections between Whale's past and present." - Bill Condon

"Artistic development is a thing of the past, sadly." - David Coverdale

"Never revisit the past, that's dangerous. You know, move on." - Robert Redford

"New Mexico has been, in the past, a swing state." - Heather Wilson

"You cannot survive if you do not know the past." - Oriana Fallaci

"Past Olympians have a continuing role within the Olympic family." - Bill Toomey

"The best prophet of the future is the past." - Lord Byron

"God cannot alter the past, though historians can." - Samuel Butler

"Your past does not determine who you are. Your past prepares you for who you are to become." - Joel Osteen

"Past has a very great superiority over the future: The future may not exist; but the past existed!" - Mehmet Murat Ildan

"My future is in my past and my past is my present. I must now make the present my future." - Vladimir Horowitz



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