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Quotations About / On: YESTERDAY

  • 31.
    Everything I ever learned as a small boy came from my father. And I never found anything he ever told me to be wrong or worthless. The simple lessons he taught me are as sharp and clear in my mind, as if I had heard them only yesterday.
    (Philip Dunne (1908-1992), U.S. screenwriter, and John Ford. Voiceover narration (by Rhys Williams) of Huw Morgan (Roddy McDowall) as an adult, How Green Was My Valley, reminiscing about his father, at the opening of the film (1941). Based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn.)
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  • 32.
    The American West is just arriving at the threshold of its greatness and growth. Where the West of yesterday is glamorized in our fiction, the future of the American West now is both fabulous and factual.
    (Lyndon Baines Johnson (1908-1973), U.S. president. "Remarks, Dinner for Gale McGee," LBJ Library, "Speech Collection," (July 13, 1963).)
  • 33.
    You treat world history as a mathematician does mathematics, in which nothing but laws and formulas exist, no reality, no good and evil, no time, no yesterday, no tomorrow, nothing but an eternal, shallow, mathematical present.
    (Hermann Hesse (1877-1962), German novelist, poet. Father Jacobus, in The Glass Bead Game, ch. 4 (1943, trans. 1960).)
  • 34.
    The very timber and boards and shingles of which our houses are made grew but yesterday in a wilderness where the Indian still hunts and the moose runs wild.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Ktaadn" (1848) in The Maine Woods (1864), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 3, p. 90, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 35.
    Keeping accounts, Sir, is of no use when a man is spending his own money, and has nobody to whom he is to account. You won't eat less beef today, because you have written down what it cost yesterday.
    (Samuel Johnson (1709-1784), British author, lexicographer. Quoted in James Boswell, Life of Samuel Johnson, 1783 entry (1791).)
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