„Things past recovery
Are hardly cured with exclamations.“

—  Christopher Marlowe, O Judeu de Malta

Barabas, Act I, scene ii
The Jew of Malta (c. 1589)

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1564 - 1593

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„I do not believe in recovery. The past, with its pleasures, its rewards, its foolishness, its punishments, is there for each of us forever, and it should be.“

—  Lillian Hellman American dramatist and screenwriter 1905 - 1984

Fonte: Scoundrel Time (1976), p. 150
Contexto: Sad is a fake word for me to be using, I am still angry that their reason for disagreeing with McCarthy was too often his crude methods.... Many of the anti-Communists were, of course, honest men. But none of them... has stepped forward to admit a mistake. It is not necessary in this country; they too know that we are a people who do not remember much. I have written here that I have recovered. I mean it only in a worldly sense because I do not believe in recovery. The past, with its pleasures, its rewards, its foolishness, its punishments, is there for each of us forever, and it should be.

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„It doesn’t even matter if we ever fire these missiles or not. They are having their effect upon us because there is a generation growing up now who cannot see past the final exclamation mark of a mushroom cloud.“

—  Alan Moore English writer primarily known for his work in comic books 1953

On the issue of nuclear weapons, in England Their England : Monsters, Maniacs and Moore (1987) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hv44V4d_fDQ
Contexto: It doesn’t even matter if we ever fire these missiles or not. They are having their effect upon us because there is a generation growing up now who cannot see past the final exclamation mark of a mushroom cloud. They are a generation who can see no moral values that do not end in a crackling crater somewhere. I’m not saying that nuclear bombs are at the root of all of it, but I think it is very, very naïve to assume that you can expose the entire population of the world to the threat of being turned to cinders without them starting to act, perhaps, a little oddly.
I believe in some sort of strange fashion that the presence of the atom bomb might almost be forcing a level of human development that wouldn’t have occurred without the presence of the atom bomb. Maybe this degree of terror will force changes in human attitudes that could not have occurred without the presence of these awful, destructive things. Perhaps we are faced with a race between the Four Horseman of the Apocalypse in one line and the 7th Cavalry in the other. We have not got an awful lot of mid ground between Utopia and Apocalypse, and if somehow our children ever see the day in which it is announced that we do not have these weapons any more, and that we can no longer destroy ourselves and that we’ve got to do something else to do with our time than they will have the right to throw up their arms, let down their streamers and let forth a resounding cheer.

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„For a country without a past is nothing, a word
That, hardly spoken, loses its meaning,
A perishable wall destroyed by flame,
An echo of animal emotions.“

—  Czeslaw Milosz Polish, poet, diplomat, prosaist, writer, and translator 1911 - 2004

"A Legend" (1949), trans. Czesŀaw Miŀosz and Robert Hass
Daylight (1953)

Bob Dylan photo

„The future for me is already a thing of the past.“

—  Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941

Song lyrics, Love and Theft (2001), Bye and Bye
Fonte: Bob Dylan - Love and Theft: Piano/Vocal/Guitar

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„Spam will be a thing of the past in two years' time.“

—  Bill Gates American business magnate and philanthropist 1955

BBC News (24 January 2004) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3426367.stm
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„The past is the only dead thing that smells sweet.“

—  Cyril Connolly British author 1903 - 1974

Edward Thomas, "Early One Morning" from Poems (1917) http://www.richmondreview.co.uk/library/thomas04.html#five
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„If we try to keep a sense of balance, the exposures of the past several months are analogous to the discovery that the directors of Murder, Inc. were also cheating on their income tax. Reprehensible, to be sure, but hardly the main point.“

—  Noam Chomsky american linguist, philosopher and activist 1928

" Watergate: A Skeptical View http://www.chomsky.info/articles/19730920.htm," New York Review of Books, September 20, 1973.
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„The worst thing that colonialism did was to cloud our view of our past.“

—  Barack Obama, livro Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

Fonte: Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

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„The past is not yet past. When things happen, the only way we can make sense of it is by telling the story about the past – realising where prejudices come from. And the point would be not only to spin a story about racial violence but to tell how our ancestors have bravely and creatively overcome these things.“

—  David Chariandy Canadian writer 1969

On the past and prejudices in “David Chariandy: ‘To make sense of prejudice, tell the story of the past’” https://www.theguardian.com/books/2019/apr/14/david-chariandy-ive-been-meaning-to-tell-you-father-advice-to-daughter in The Guardian (2019 Apr 14)

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„Science, knowledge of the things that are possible present and past; prescience, knowledge of the things which may come to pass.“

—  Leonardo Da Vinci Italian Renaissance polymath 1452 - 1519

I Philosophy
Variante: Science is the observation of things possible, whether present or past; prescience is the knowledge of things which may come to pass, though but slowly.

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