Quotations About / On: YESTERDAY

  • 31.
    The present is the ever moving shadow that divides yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies hope.
    (Frank Lloyd Wright (1869-1959), U.S. architect. "Night is but a Shadow Cast by the Sun," pt. 5, The Living City (1958). Closing words.)
  • 32.
    How many things served us but yesterday as articles of faith, which today we deem but fables?
    (Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "It Is Folly to Refer Truth or Falsehood to Our Sufficiency," Essays, bk. 1, ch. 26, trans. by John Florio (1580-1588).)
  • 33.
    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).)
    More quotations from: Henry David Thoreau, yesterday
  • 34.
    'Today is the Tomorrow of Yesterday
    And the Yesterday of Tomorrow'.
    (A. Madhavan,21 June,2014, musing on the Relativity of Time and the futility of his trying to understand the equations of Einstein.)
    More quotations from: Ananta Madhavan
  • 35.
    Today is called today because we are living in it today; soon it will pass away and, we will call it yesterday (the past) ! Then, there will be time for tomorrow (the future) .
    (Times)
    More quotations from: Edward Kofi Louis
  • 36.
    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.)
  • 37.
    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).)
  • 38.
    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).)
    More quotations from: Howard Koch, yesterday, today
  • 39.
    I haven't eaten in three days. I didn't eat yesterday, I didn't eat today and I'm not going to eat tomorrow. That makes it three days!
    (S.J. Perelman, U.S. screenwriter, Arthur Sheekman, Will Johnstone, and Norman Z. McLeod. Chico Marx, Monkey Business, a complaint shipboard stowaway Chico makes to fellow stowaway Groucho Marx (1931). Groucho has no character name in the credits—he is listed as one of the "Stowaways.")
  • 40.
    The savages set up gods to which they pray, and which they punish if one of their prayers is not answered.... That is what is happening at this moment.... Yesterday Kerensky; today Lenin and Trotsky; another tomorrow.
    (Victor Mikhailovich Chernov (1873-1972), Russian socialist revolutionary. speech, Nov. 28, 1917, Peasants' Congress, Petrograd. Quoted in John Reed, Ten Days that Shook the World, ch. 12 (1926).)
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