The following quotes help to remind us that everyone has a past and that it doesn’t have to continue to define us.
What does it mean that ‘everyone has a past’?
When we say ‘everyone has a past’ it means that we’ve all had experiences that have shaped who we are, but that should not define us.
Everyone has made mistakes or dubious decisions before and will again. Because, we’re human.
You are not your past, you are more than any of the events in your life so far.
Sometimes, we just need a little reminder of this.
These quotes are inspiring and help to encourage kindness and compassion to ourselves and others. Enjoy.
Everyone Has A Past Quotes
I have great respect for the past. If you don’t know where you’ve come from, you don’t know where you’re going. I have respect for the past, but I’m a person of the moment. I’m here, and I do my best to be completely centered at the place I’m at, then I go forward to the next place. Maya Angelou
We cannot change our past. We cannot change the fact that people act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. Charles R. Swindoll
You did then what you knew how to do, and when you knew better, you did better. Maya Angelou
If people refuse to look at you in a new light and they can only see you for what you were, only see you for the mistakes you’ve made, if they don’t realize that you are not your mistakes, then they have to go. Steve Maraboli
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future. George Bernard Shaw
Only by acceptance of the past can you alter it. T.S. Eliot
Never look back unless you are planning to go that way. Henry David Thoreau
I don’t regret difficulties I experienced; I think they helped me to become the person I am today. I feel the way a warrior must feel after years of training; he doesn’t remember the details of everything he learned, but he knows how to strike when the time is right. Paolo Coelho
Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow. Melody Beattie
Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvellously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones. Thich Nhat Hanh
A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots. Marcus Garvey
I realise there’s something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go. Jeffrey McDaniel
The past does not equal the future unless you live there. Tony Robbins
Your past history and all of your hurts are no longer here in your physical reality. Don’t allow them to be here in your mind, muddying your present moments. Your life is like a play with several acts. Some of the characters who enter have short roles to play, others, much longer. But all are necessary, otherwise they wouldn’t be in the play. Embrace them all and move on to the next act. Wayne Dyer
Let go. Why do you cling to pain? There is nothing you can do about the wrongs of yesterday. It is not yours to judge. Why hold on to the very thing which keeps you from hope and love? Leo Buscaglia
Look back, and smile on perils past. Walter Scott
We’re our own worst enemy. You doubt yourself more than anybody else ever will. If you can get past that, you can be successful. Michael Strahan
Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it. George Santayana
Successful people maintain a positive focus in life no matter what is going on around them. They stay focused on their past successes rather than their past failures, and on the next action steps they need to take to get them closer to the fulfillment of their goals rather than all the other distractions that life presents to them. Jack Canfield
Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. John F. Kennedy
History is the version of past events that people have decided to agree upon. Napoleon Bonaparte
The past is a steppingstone, not a millstone. Robert Plant
We need to look to the future. You can’t come up with new things unless you constantly forget the past. There’s no reason to keep wearing the same pair of pants. Andrew Lau
See, when you drive home today, you’ve got a big windshield on the front of your car. And you’ve got a little bitty rear-view mirror. And the reason the windshield is so large, and the rear-view mirror is so small is because what’s happened in your past is not near as important as what’s in your future. Joel Osteen
Sometimes letting go is simply changing the labels you place on an event. Looking at the same event with fresh eyes. Steve Maraboli
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