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One must be thrust out of a finished cycle in life, and that leap is the most difficult to make-to part with one's faith, one's love, when one would prefer to renew the faith and recreate the passion.

Only sick music makes money today.

Our deeds still travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are.

Our ignorance of history makes us libel our own times. People have always been like this.

Past: Our cradle, not our prison, and there is danger as well as appeal in its glamour. The past is for inspiration, not imitation; for continuation, not repetition.

Posterity will say as usual: "In the past things were better, the present is worse than the past."

Praising what is lost makes the remembrance dear.

Probably no one alive hasn't at one time or another brooded over the possibility of going back to an earlier, ideal age in his existence and living a different kind of life.

Some memories are realities, and are better than anything that can ever happen to one again.

That sign of old age, extolling the past at the expense of the present.

The 'good old times' - all times when old are good.

The biggest thing in today's sorrow is the memory of yesterday's joy.

The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty and we must rise with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.

The events in our lives happen in a sequence in time, but in their significance to ourselves, they find their own order ... the continuous thread of revelation.

The first recipe for happiness is: Avoid too lengthy meditations on the past.

The Golden Age was never the present Age.

The good old days are neither better nor worse than the ones we're living through right now.

The good old days were never that good, believe me. The good new days are today, and better days are coming tomorrow. Our greatest songs are still unsung.

The heart's memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good; and thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burdens of the past.

The illusion that times that were are better than those that are has probably pervaded all ages.


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