„I think of myself, of all that I am. Myself, my home, my hours; the past, and the future, — it was going to be like the past!“
Light (1919), Ch. XV - An Apparition
Contexto: I think of myself, of all that I am. Myself, my home, my hours; the past, and the future, — it was going to be like the past! And at that moment I feel, weeping within me and dragging itself from some little bygone trifle, a new and tragical sorrow in dying, a hunger to be warm once more in the rain and the cold: to enclose myself in myself in spite of space, to hold myself back, to live.
— Novalis German poet and writer 1772 - 1801
As quoted in Romantic Vision, Ethical Context: Novalis and Artistic Autonomy (1987) by Géza von Molnár, p. 2
Contexto: I was still blind, but twinkling stars did dance
Throughout my being's limitless expanse,
Nothing had yet drawn close, only at distant stages
I found myself, a mere suggestion sensed in past and future ages.
„I say I'm in love with her. What does that mean? It means I review my future and my past in the light of this feeling. It is though I wrote in a foreign language that I am suddenly able to read. Wordlessly, she explains me to myself. Like genius, she is ignorant of what she does.“
— Jeanette Winterson, livro The Passion
The Passion (1987)
„There is no way I am going to put myself through Sandhurst and then sit on my arse back home while my boys are out fighting for their country.“
— Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex a member of the British royal family 1984
Regarding his desire to be deployed in the Iraq War. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4248234.stm (2005).
„For my part, I consider that it will be found much better by all Parties to leave the past to history, especially as I propose to write that history myself.“
— Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965
Speech in the House of Commons (January 23, 1948), cited in The Yale Book of Quotations (2006), Fred R. Shapiro, Yale University Press, p. 154 ISBN 0300107986
This quote may be the basis for a statement often attributed to Churchill : History will be kind to me. For I intend to write it.
Post-war years (1945–1955)
„I try to forget about the bitter past as I [also] recommend for my fellow countrymen. I do not live in the past, I live in the present, always hoping for a brighter future. This is my message to all my countrymen.“
— Farah Pahlavi Empress of Iran 1938
Interview: Farah Pahlavi Recalls 30 Years In Exile http://www.rferl.org/content/Interview_Farah_Pahlavi_Recalls_30_Years_In_Exile/2111354.html, Radio Free Europe, (July 27, 2010).
„I think that by staying out of shape at the age of 33 I'm doing myself a huge favor for my future. There will never be anyone commenting on how I've 'let myself go.' I've gone. It's gone. It's not going, it's GONE.“
— Janeane Garofalo comedian, actress, political activist, writer 1964
Feel This Book, co-authored with Ben Stiller
from "Feel this Book"
— Sarah Kane, livro 4.48 Psychosis
Variante: It is myself I have never met, whose face is pasted on the underside of my mind.
Fonte: 4.48 Psychosis
— Kenzaburō Ōe Japanese author 1935
Conversations with History interview (1999)
Contexto: I think I am doing my works to link myself, my family, with society — with the cosmos. To link me with my family to the cosmos, that is easy, because all literature has some mystic tendency. So when we write about our family, we can link ourselves to the cosmos.
„Today, I will try to remember to regret the past. I will think of how many mistakes I have made throughout my life. I will say to myself, "If only I could go back in time and make different choices, so that my life could be the way it should have been."“
— John S. Hall Poet, author, singer, lawyer 1960
Then I will remind myself that I cannot.
Quotes from Daily Negations (2007)
„I felt as if I were walking with destiny, and that all my past life had been but a preparation for this hour and for this trial.“
— Winston S. Churchill, livro The Second World War
Post-war years (1945–1955)
Fonte: On his appointment as Prime Minister, May 10, 1940; The Second World War, Volume I : The Gathering Storm (1948).
„I was recognizable in Kraków because of my family. I felt it as a burden. I tried to cut myself off from the past and build something myself. Become independent.“
— Tomasz Vetulani Polish artist 1965
Tomasz Vetulani o Holandii, niskim kraju http://www.nto.pl/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20110605/REPORTAZ01/762330357, nto.pl, 5 June 2011 (in Polish)
— Protima Bedi Indian model and dancer 1948 - 1998
When she left the Nitygram village quoted in "Bowing Out".
„Ah, my Belov'ed fill the Cup that clears
To-day Past Regrets and Future Fears:
To-morrow! — Why, To-morrow I may be
Myself with Yesterday's Sev'n Thousand Years.“
— Omar Khayyám Persian poet, philosopher, mathematician, and astronomer 1048 - 1131
The Rubaiyat (1120)
— Cy Twombly American painter 1928 - 2011
1950 - 1960
Fonte: 'Editions du Regard', January 1952, p.13; as quoted in 'A monograph', M. Whittall, London,Thames & Hudson, 2005ns du Regard. p. 9
„Emptying the ashtrays was very expressive of myself. I just lump everything in a great heap which I have labeled ‘the past,’ and having thus emptied this deep reservoir that was once myself, I am ready to continue.“
— Zelda Fitzgerald Novelist, wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald 1900 - 1948
— Elie Wiesel writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor 1928 - 2016
— Randy Blythe American musician 1971
During the musical writing process.
Making of Sacrament DVD