Hobbies are apt to run away with us, you know; it doesn't do to be run away with. We must keep the reins.
(George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Middlemarch, ch. 39 (1871-1872).
Said by the novel's character named Mr. Brooke, a likable but comic figure described as "nearly sixty, of acquiescent temper, miscellaneous opinions, and uncertain vote.")
Man ... always remains attached to the past: however far and fast he runs, the chain runs with him.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 1, p. 248, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin: de Gruyter (1980); On the Advantage and Disadvantage of History for Life, p. 8, trans. by Peter Preuss, Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company (1980). On the Uses and Disadvantages of History for Life, section 1 (1874).
Published as the second essay in Nietzsche's Untimely Meditations (1873-1876).)