I gather from a lawyer that there was a rehearsal yesterday. We haven't a hope. I know the presiding judge too: I've had the misfortune to sleep with his wife. He was specially picked.
(Alphonse Karr (1808-1890), French journalist, novelist. quoted in The Goncourt Journal, entry for Feb. 20, 1853 (trans. 1962).
Karr was on trial together with Edmond and Jules de Goncourt, accused of writing articles offensive to public morals.)
If the only new thing we have to offer is an improved version of the past, then today can only be inferior to yesterday. Hypnotised by images of the past, we risk losing all capacity for creative change.
(Robert Hewison (b. 1943), British cultural historian. The Heritage Industry, introduction (1987).)
They got a lucky break. Yesterday they were just two German clerks. Today they're the honored dead.
(Howard Koch (1901-1995), U.S. screenwriter, Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein, and Michael Curtiz. Rick (Humphrey Bogart), Casablanca, when informed two German couriers have been assassinated (1943).)