„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!“
— Novalis German poet and writer 1772 - 1801
Context: 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. As quoted in Romantic Vision, Ethical Context: Novalis and Artistic Autonomy (1987) by Géza von Molnár, p. 2
„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 English writer 1959
„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 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.
„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
„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, The Second World War
On his appointment as Prime Minister, May 10, 1940; The Second World War, Volume I : The Gathering Storm (1948).
— Protima Bedi Indian model and dancer 1948 - 1998
When she left the Nitygram village quoted in "Bowing Out".
— Kenzaburō Ōe Japanese author 1935
Context: 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.
„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
„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)
— Cy Twombly American painter 1928 - 2011
In: 'Editions du Regard', January 1952, p.13; as quoted in 'A monograph', M. Whittall, London,Thames & Hudson, 2005ns du Regard. p. 9