Power is better than revenge. Power is a live thing, by which you reach out to grasp the future. Revenge is a dead thing, reaching out from the past to grasp you.
I remember in my early 20s when I felt I couldn’t live past 30. I was learning how to write. I had a lot of hard work ahead of me.
The past is a bucket of ashes
The middle years, caught between children and parents, free of neither: the past stretches back too densely, it is too thickly populated, the future has not yet thinned out.
Of course, for me Naked Lunch was the big one, but I still believe I was right to pass on that. James Grauerholz and Barry Miles did an important job with their 2003 "Restored" edition because they knew what they wanted to do, and what they could do. At the time, I simply didn’t know. I hadn’t even edited Junky back then. So I did the right thing to pass. Instead, what I most want to do now is complete "The Making of Naked Lunch," on which I have been working, on and off, these past 25 years.
I think the Titanic disaster has parallels today. The closest think I can think of is the silicon chip.. We’re all kind of bowing to this computer god, thinking it’s going to fix everything and we’re geniuses for inventing this. And, you know, I just think we should pay attention to disasters of the past.
On Furnishing One’s Home – Pick your furniture like you pick a wife; it should make you feel comfortable and look nice, but not so nice that if someone walks past it they want to steal it.
So many young decorators are trying to reinvent the wheel, and the results are sometimes very dubious. They’re striving to do things that have never been done before. Quite often it is done without authority, without knowledge, and without a background in taste. They need to be educated about the past, and they need a richer vocabulary.
Everything is too far away in the past, or mysteriously too close.
If you love life you also love the past, because it is the present as it has survived in memory." Translation by David Downie
God can only be of service to me and I to him, not in the past, nor in the future, but only right now in this moment.
Fashion is inspired by youth and nostalgia and draws inspiration from the best of the past.
You can’t figure out what to do in the future by looking at how you did things in the past
Living in the present moment requires discretion toward memory. Without memory we’d have amnesia. What good would there be in that? Offer discretion and discernment for our past with a broad spectrum of forgiveness. As for our present moment, delight. And dedication to remain fully present to all the possibility.
I confessed recently to an old friend, "I realized I was looking at you, in your visit, through old glasses. Speaking old words. Telling old stories. I realize that in my life I’ve made so many physical changes and I need to give my spirit time to catch up." Time for my spirit to look at my friend through the new glasses of current life experiences. Old friends are precious. They become even more treasured when they are wrapped in the currentness of life experiences and not relegated to the past in which they once lived.
RESPONSIBILITY: Fulfill the obligations that the past posts to me. Embrace the opportunity for service based in love.
Scars are memory. Like sutures. They stitch the past to me.
Subby Subby Subby," whispered Goss. "Keep those little bells on your slippers as quiet as you can. Sparklehorse and Starpink have managed to creep out of Apple Palace past all the monkeyfish, but if we’re silent as tiny goblins we can surprise them and then all frolic off together in the Meadow of Happy Kites.
I was getting a little bored with my hair. It’s kind of a symbolic thing, just getting rid of the past, moving forward. It’s amazing what a reaction you get when you cut your hair.
If Putin decides to run, which we are assuming that he will, there really isn’t anything that can stop him. He can manipulate the system so that he has not real opponents; he can manipulate the media so that nobody else gets any coverage. And then, if worse comes to worse, he can – as he has done in the past – just change the electoral results. So, it’s not like it’s going to be a very exciting election.
I think whatever we’ve done as a band at The Clientele, we’ve done because it’s so natural. Our "old" sound isn’t really like any actual bands from old times. We take elements of past music styles and past sounds as a way to… this is going to sound very pretentious and perhaps overly thought-out, but as a way to strike chords of vague nostalgia, and strike chords of, "I’ve heard this before somewhere." That’s what a lot of our music is about in terms of the words and ideas behind it, so we really use old sounds as a way to serve that agenda.
If you live through the initial stage of fame and get past it, and remember thats not who you are. If you live past that, then you have a hope of maybe learning how to spell the word artist.
Words borrowed of Antiquity do lend a kind of Majesty to style, and are not without their delight sometimes. For they have the authority of years, and out of their intermission do win to themselves a kind of grace-like newness. But the eldest of the present, and newest of the past Language, is the best.
You are not now to think what’s best to do, <br>As in beginnings, but what must be done, <br>Being thus enter’d; and slip no advantage <br>That may secure you. Let them call it mischief; <br>When it is past, and prosper’d , ’twill be virtue.
I have been at my book; and am now past the craggy paths of study, and come to the flowery plains of honour and reputation
Any time you lose a few in a row, you have to hit reset and come back tomorrow and do the best you can to forget about how the past series went. It’s frustrating. Individually it’s frustrating. I’m trying to figure it out. And I know as a team, it sucks losing a few in a row any time. So you know, we’ll snap out of it.
Even the mistakes, even everything bad that happened, I wouldn’t change because then I wouldn’t be the person that I am today. The past is the past. I just want to focus on the future, and getting better, not making the same mistakes and just becoming a better person, a better artist. Just a better everything.
While to live in the past and think of what was good and beautiful about it amounts to a sort of seasoning of the present, the perennial wait for tomorrow is bound to result in chronic discontent that poisons one’s entire outlook.
An example is often a deceptive mirror, and the order of destiny, so troubling to our thoughts, is not always found written in things past
The world doesn’t go around on love between men and women. Lovers get very little done. But friends do. When you are past middle life – and I hope you have the rich experience of love along the way – don’t think everything is all over. Don’t regret the vanished cocktail when the stuffed turkey is about to come in. Flip out your napkin and bite into it! Friends you can gather around you in the later years of life are worth the whole thing.
Forgiveness is a stunning principle, your ticket out of hate and fear and chaos. … I know what regret feels like; I’ve earned my credentials. But I also know what forgiveness feels like, because God has so graciously forgiven me.
Each person with his or her history of being accepted or rejected, with his or her past history of inner pain and difficulties in relationships, is different. But in each one there is a yearning for communion and belonging, but at the same time a fear of it. Love is what we most want, yet it is what we fear the most.
Past success is no guarantee of future success, so I have learned to be an entrepreneur. I began to produce and direct my own projects.
A part of me feels like I was an animal in my past life that wasn’t treated very nicely.
I don’t mind letting people in a little bit, but I have learned from the past not to talk too much about my relationships and to keep things as private as possible.