„But two or three days later I was talking about the whole thing in the past tense.“
Be Here Now (1971)
Context: I thought at that moment, "Wow, I've got it made. I'm just a new beautiful being — I'm just an inner self — all I'll ever need to do is look inside and I'll know what to do and I can always trust it, and here I'll be forever."
But two or three days later I was talking about the whole thing in the past tense. I was talking about how I "experienced" this thing, because I was back being that anxiety-neurotic, in a slightly milder form, but still, my old personality was sneaking back up on me.
Source: The Truth About Forever
— Anne Lamott Novelist, essayist, memoirist, activist 1954
Source: Help Thanks Wow: The Three Essential Prayers
— Donald J. Trump 45th President of the United States of America 1946
On his plan to defeat ISIS (May 2015)
Context: There is a way of beating ISIS so easily, so quickly, so effectively, and it would be so nice... I know a way that would absolutely give us guaranteed victory... the problem is then everybody will take the idea, run with it and then people will forget where it came from... I ran it past two or three people. [It's] so simple. It's like the paper clip.
„Listen, it is absolutely clear the economy is not doing fine. That's the reason I had a press conference. That's why I spent yesterday, the day before yesterday, this past week, this past month, and this past year talking about how we can make the economy stronger. The economy is not doing fine.“
— Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
press conference http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/06/08/remarks-president-obama-and-president-aquino-philippines-after-bilateral welcoming President Aquino of the Philippines, , quoted in [2012-06-10, Obama's private sector remarks critiqued, defended on Sunday shows, Morgan, Little, Los Angeles Times, http://articles.latimes.com/2012/jun/10/news/la-pn-obamas-private-sector-remarks-critiqued-defended-on-sunday-shows-20120610, 2012-06-29]
posed question: "Mr. President, Mitt Romney says you're out of touch for saying the private sector is doing fine. What's your response?"
— Bill Gates American business magnate and philanthropist 1955
BBC News (24 January 2004) http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3426367.stm
„Events of the past two years have virtually decreed that I shall wrestle with the literary muse for the rest of my days.“
— Hunter S. Thompson American journalist and author 1937 - 2005
Letter to Arch Gerhart (29 January 1958), p. 106
1990s, The Proud Highway : The Fear and Loathing Letters Volume I (1997)
Context: Events of the past two years have virtually decreed that I shall wrestle with the literary muse for the rest of my days. And so, having tasted the poverty of one end of the scale, I have no choice but to direct my energies toward the acquisition of fame and fortune. Frankly, I have no taste for either poverty or honest labor, so writing is the only recourse left me.
„I'm not concerned about avoiding anything that happened three years ago or worried about letdowns or things of that nature. When you use the term 'letdown' you proceed with the assumption that this is a continuation of something that happened in the past.“
— Mike Tomlin head coach of the National Football League's Pittsburgh Steelers 1972
Referring to the Steelers' poor start in 2006 following their Super Bowl win, as quoted in "Tomlin looks ahead" by Ed Bouchette, in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (1 August 2009) http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09213/987980-66.stm
„The nation is deeply divided and the two camps seem to be talking past each other. John Kerry won all three debates but President Bush invokes his faith and that inspires his followers. In the end, it boils down to a philosophical difference over how to deal with an often confusing and threatening reality.“
— George Soros Hungarian-American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist 1930
Speech at the National Press Club (2004)
„The whole day was strange, stunning, and it was a shattering experience. The past was disappearing, as if it had never belonged to me, as if I had read about it somewhere, as if I had dreamed about it, as if it was somebody else's story I have heard and somebody told it to me. I was becoming loose from my past, I was being uprooted from my history, I was losing my autobiography. I was becoming a non-being, what Buddha calls anatta. Boundaries were disappearing, distinctions were disappearing.“
— Rajneesh Godman and leader of the Rajneesh movement 1931 - 1990
The Discipline Of Transcendence (1978)
The African Queen (1935)
„in the unliterary grammar of life, where the future tense stands first, and the past is formed, not from the indefinite, but from the present indicative, "to have been" is "to be."“
— Jerome K. Jerome English humorist 1859 - 1927
On The Art of Making Up One's Mind
The Second Thoughts of an Idle Fellow http://www.gutenberg.org/files/1915/1915-h/1915-h.htm (1898)
Ampliat aetatis spatium sibi vir bonus. Hoc est
Vivere bis vita posse priore frui.
X, 23. Alternatively translated as "The good man prolongs his life; to be able to enjoy one's past life is to live twice", in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Compare: "For he lives twice who can at once employ / The present well, and e'en the past enjoy", Alexander Pope, Imitation of Martial.
Epigrams (c. 80 – 104 AD)
Original: (la) Ampliat aetatis spatium sibi vir bonus. Hoc est
Vivere bis vita posse priore frui.