The past is strapped to our backs

The past is strapped to our backs.  We do not have to see it; we can always feel it.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic’s Notebook, 1960CDN

Look not at the days gone by

Look not at the days gone by with a forlorn heart.  They were simply the dots we can now connect with our present, to help us draw the outline of a beautiful tomorrow.  ~Dodinsky, www.dodinsky.com

The past is our definition we may

The past is our definition.  We may strive, with good reason, to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it, but we will escape it only by adding something better to it.  ~Wendell Berry