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The past is really almost as much a work of the ...
by Jessamyn West

The past is really almost as much a work of the imagination as the future.
- Jessamyn West

Related topics: History

A broken bone can heal, but the wound
a word opens can fester forever.
- Jessamyn West

It is very east to forgive others their mistakes;
it takes more grit and gumption to forgive them for
having witnessed your own.
- Jessamyn West

Fiction reveals truths that reality obscures.
- Jessamyn West

 

A taste for irony has kept more hearts from breaking than a sense of humor,
for it takes irony to appreciate the joke which is on oneself.
- Jessamyn West

In my time and neighborhood (and in my soul) there
was only one standard by which a woman measured success:
did some man want her?
- Jessamyn West

Justice is a terrible but necessary thing.
- Jessamyn West

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A religious awakening which does not awaken the sleeper
to love has roused him in vain.
- Jessamyn West

Faithfulness to the past can be a kind of death above ground.
Writing of the past is a resurrection;
the past then lives in your words and you are free.
- Jessamyn West

A rattlesnake that doesn't bite teaches you nothing.
- Jessamyn West

Sleeplessness is a desert without vegetation or inhabitants.
- Jessamyn West

The basic essential of a great actor is that he loves himself in acting.
- Jessamyn West

If you want a baby, have a new one.
Don't baby the old one.
- Jessamyn West

In their sympathies, children feel nearer animals than adults.
- Jessamyn West

Talent is helpful in writing, but guts are absolutely necessary.
- Jessamyn West

Groan and forget it.
- Jessamyn West

The sick soon come to understand that they live in
a different world from that of the well and that the two cannot communicate.
- Jessamyn West

A big iron needle stitching the country together.
- Jessamyn West

I've done more harm by the falseness of trying to please
than by the honesty of trying to hurt.
- Jessamyn West

Only a fool would refuse to enter a fool's paradise
when that's the only paradise he'll ever have a chance to enter.
- Jessamyn West

Teaching is the royal road to learning.
- Jessamyn West

The source of one's joy is also often the source of one's sorrow.
- Jessamyn West

We can love an honest rogue, but what is more offensive than a false saint?
- Jessamyn West

If you train people properly, they won't be able to
tell a drill from the real thing.
If anything, the real thing will be easier.
- Jessamyn West

We want the facts to fit the preconceptions.
When they don't it is easier to ignore the facts than
to change the preconceptions.
- Jessamyn West

You read a book from beginning to end.
You run a business the opposite way.
You start with the end, and then you do everything you must to reach it.
- Jessamyn West

The West is color.
Its colors are animal rather than vegetable,
the colors of earth and sunlight and ripeness.
- Jessamyn West

Memory is a magnet.
It will pull to it and hold only material nature has designed it to attract.
- Jessamyn West

Nothing is so dear as what you're about to leave.
- Jessamyn West

Writing is a solitary occupation.
Family, friends, and society are the natural enemies of the writer.
He must be alone, uninterrupted, and slightly savage
if he is to sustain and complete an undertaking.
- Jessamyn West

There are two barriers that often prevent communication
between the young and their elders.
The first is middle-aged forgetfulness of the fact
that they themselves are no longer young.
The second is youthful ignorance of the fact that the
middle aged are still alive.
- Jessamyn West

What's done is done.
- William Shakespeare

I Receive ALL of Life with Thanksgiving -
I have gratitude for EVERYTHING
that has ever occurred to bring me to this moment.
I give thanks for the joys and the sufferings,
the moments of peace and the flashes of anger,
the compassion and the indifference,
the roar of my courage and the cold sweat of my fear.
I accept gratefully the entirety of my past and my present life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We are not held back by the love we didn't receive in the past,
but by the love we're not extending in the present.
- Marianne Williamson

If I feel depressed I will sing.
If I feel sad I will laugh.
If I feel ill I will double my labor.
If I feel fear I will plunge ahead.
If I feel inferior I will wear new garments.
If I feel uncertain I will raise my voice.
If I feel poverty I will think of wealth to come.
If I feel incompetent I will think of past success.
If I feel insignificant I will remember my goals.
Today I will be the master of my emotions.
- Og Mandino

The heart knows nothing of the past,
nothing of the future;
it knows only of the present.
- Osho

The wise man looks back into the past,
and does not grieve over what is far off,
nor rejoice over what is near;
for he knows that time is without end.
- Lao Tzu

Drive into your future looking at the open road ahead
rather than into the rear-view mirror of your past.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Live life with no regrets and no resentments.
Whatever happened in the past,
forgive yourself and others. Choose love.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Fear not for the future,
weep not for the past.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Create your future from your future not your past.
- Werner Erhard

Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste
that they hurry past it.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Like a bird in flight, your life can soar
above the troubles of the world.
Breathe deep, choose, and break the shackles of your past.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The distinction between the past, present and future
is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
- Albert Einstein

Forgiveness does not change the past,
but it does enlarge the future.
- Paul Boese

Life is the future, not the past.
- Terry Goodkind

Study the past, if you would divine the future.
- Confucius

Don't let the past drive life - choose life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not dwell in the past,
do not dream of the future,
concentrate the mind on the present moment.
- The Buddha

There is a great future in front of you,
you can leave your past behind.
- Joel Osteen

Inner peace can be reached
only when we practice forgiveness ...
letting go of the past,
and correcting our misperceptions.
- Gerald Jampolsky

RESPONSIBILITY: Fulfill the obligations that the past posts to me.
Embrace the opportunity for service based in love.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

He who spends time regretting the past,
loses the present and risks the future.
- Quevedo

The past has no power over the present moment.
- Eckhart Tolle

Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past
have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.
- George S. Patton

Gain happiness by living in the present -
without regret for the past or fear of the future.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The past is a ghost, the future a dream,
and all we ever have is now.
- Bill Cosby

If we open a quarrel between past and present,
we shall find that we have lost the future.
- Winston Churchill

You change the past when you change the way you see it.
- Alan Cohen

Those who cannot remember the past
are condemned to repeat it.
- George Santayana

Whatever happened in the past,
forgive yourself and others.
Choose love.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The past does not equal the future.
- Anthony Robbins

Change is the law of life.
And those who look only to the past or the present
are certain to miss the future.
- John F. Kennedy

A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting
on his past actions and their motives -
of approving of some and disapproving of others.
- Charles Darwin

The future has nothing in common with the past -
except natural laws and human nature.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Who controls the past controls the future.
Who controls the present controls the past.
- George Orwell

Fill your heart with the creative power
to accept the past,
decorate the present
and transform the future.
- Osho

With the past, I have nothing to do;
nor with the future. I live now.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

In Iroquois society, leaders are encouraged to
remember seven generations in the past and
consider seven generations in the future
when making decisions that affect the people.
- Wilma Mankiller

For time and the world do not stand still.
Change is the law of life.
And those who look only to the past or the present
are certain to miss the future.
- John F. Kennedy

Stop holding on to the past.
Release your regrets about whatever you may have done
or failed to do that turned out poorly.
Forgive others for whatever they may have done
or failed to do that cause you harm.
Declare today to be a new beginning.
Let go of the past and move on with creating
a joyful new future for yourself.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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