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As far as I can see there is no conquering or exorcising the past with words - words born either of imagination or forthrightness.

My Life as a Man
And there lies the horror: the past we remember is devoid of time. Impossible to reexperience a love the way we reread a book or resee a film.

Ignorance
The more vast the amount of time we've left behind us, the more irresistible is the voice calling us to return to it.

Ignorance
My past is everything I failed to be.

The Book of Disquiet
Be not false about the past
The past is the luxury of proprietors
In the carriages of the past you can't go anywhere
If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past
To what a degree the same past can leave different marks - and especially admit of different interpretations
Look back over the past, with its changing empires that rose and fell, and you can foresee the future, too
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