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You know most people live ninety per cent in the past, seven per cent in the present, and that only leaves them three per cent for the future.

The Winter of Our Discontent
I used to think there was no time like the present. I used to think there was no time but the present. Now I know better—or different, anyway. In the end, the past will always be there. The past is all there is: the present never sticks around for long enough, and the future is anybody’s guess. In time, you always have to hand it to the past. It always gets you in the end.

Other People
You must learn some of my philosophy. Think only of the past as its remembrance gives you pleasure.

Pride and Prejudice
Each has his past shut in him like the leaves of a book known to him by heart and his friends can only read the title.
I can only note that the past is beautiful because one never realises an emotion at the time. It expands later, and thus we don't have complete emotions about the present, only about the past.
We live entirely in the past, nourished by dead thoughts, dead creeds, dead sciences. And it is the past which is engulfing us, not the future. The future always has and always will belong to - the poet.

The Time of the Assassins: a Study of Rimbaud
All the time you spend trying to get back what hass been took from you there is more going out the door. After a while you just try and get a tourniquet on it.

No Country for Old Men
You think when you wake up in the mornin yesterday don't count. But yesterday is all that does count. What else is there? Your life is made out of the days it’s made out of. Nothin else.

No Country for Old Men
Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real.

All the Pretty Horses
In life, it's not the future that counts, it's the past.

Rue des Boutiques Obscures (Missing Person)
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