„The eternal struggle in the law between constancy and change is largely a struggle between history and reason, between past reason and present needs.“
— Felix Frankfurter American judge 1882 - 1965
Twenty Years of Mr. Justice Holmes' Constitutional Opinions, 36 HARV. L. REV. 909, 931 (1923).
— Simone de Beauvoir, buch Das andere Geschlecht
Introduction : Woman as Other http://books.google.com/books?id=kUW0AAAAIAAJ&q=%22The+present+enshrines+the+past+and+in+the+past+all+history+has+been+made+by+men%22&pg=PA122#v=onepage
The Second Sex (1949)
„It would seem like the present. He has a broader present. But his present lies ahead, not back. Our present is related to the past. Only the past is certain, to us. To him, the future is certain.“
— Philip K. Dick American author 1928 - 1982
The Golden Man (1954)
Kontext: "He can look ahead. See what's coming. He can — prethink. Let's call it that. He can see into the future. Probably he doesn't perceive it as the future."
"No," Anita said thoughtfully. "It would seem like the present. He has a broader present. But his present lies ahead, not back. Our present is related to the past. Only the past is certain, to us. To him, the future is certain. And he probably doesn't remember the past, any more than any animal remembers what happened."
"As he develops," Baines said, "as his race evolves, it'll probably expand its ability to prethink. Instead of ten minutes, thirty minutes. Then an hour. A day. A year. Eventually they'll be able to keep ahead a whole lifetime. Each one of them will live in a solid, unchanging world. There'll be no variables, no uncertainty. No motion! They won't have anything to fear. Their world will be perfectly static, a solid block of matter."
"And when death comes," Anita said, "they'll accept it. There won't be any struggle; to them, it'll already have happened."
„Writing the history of the present is always a very different thing from writing the history of the distant past. The history of the distant past depends entirely on literary and documentary sources; the history of the present always involves unwritten material as well as documents. But the difference was much greater in the days of Thucydides than it is now.“
— J. B. Bury Irish historian and freethinker 1861 - 1927
p. 82 http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=coo1.ark:/13960/t2g73zj2z;view=1up;seq=100
The Ancient Greek Historians (1909)
— Ruskin Bond British Indian writer 1934
Quelle: A Town Called Dehra
„The accounts that history presents have to be paid. Past has to be reconciled with present in the life of a nation. History is an insistent force: the past is what put us where we are. the past cannot be put behind until it is settled with.“
— William Pfaff American journalist 1928 - 2015
Quelle: Barbarian Sentiments - How The American Century Ends (1989), Chapter 1, Dead Stars, p. 3.
— Walter Benjamin, buch Über den Begriff der Geschichte
Quelle: Theses on the Philosophy of History (1940), II
Kontext: There is a secret agreement between past generations and the present one. Our coming was expected on earth. Like every generation that preceded us, we have been endowed with a weak Messianic power, a power to which the past has a claim. That claim cannot be settled cheaply.
„Everything which is done in the present, affects the future by consequence, and the past by redemption.“
— Paulo Coelho Brazilian lyricist and novelist 1947
„The real is the present, conceived not as a mathematical point between the present and the past, but as the union of present and past in a duration or permanence that is at the same time change. Thus the past as past and the future as future do not exist at all, but are purely ideal; the past as living in the present and the future as germinating in the present are wholly real and indeed are just the present itself. It is because of the presence of these two elements in the present… that the present is a concrete and changing reality and not an empty mathematical point.“
— R. G. Collingwood British historian and philosopher 1889 - 1943
Quelle: "Some Perplexities about time: with an attempted solution" (1925), p. 149. as cited in: Jonathan Gorman, "The transmission of our understanding of historical time." Historia Social y de la Educación 1.2 (2012): 129-152.
— Giacomo Leopardi, buch Zibaldone
Il piacere è sempre o passato o futuro, non mai presente.
29th September 1823, Festival of Saint Michael the Archangel.
„I like to define biology as the history of the earth and all its life — past, present, and future.“
— Rachel Carson American marine biologist and conservationist 1907 - 1964
Preface to Humane Biology Projects (1961) by the Animal Welfare Institute
Kontext: I like to define biology as the history of the earth and all its life — past, present, and future. To understand biology is to understand that all life is linked to the earth from which it came; it is to understand that the stream of life, flowing out of the dim past into the uncertain future, is in reality a unified force, though composed of an infinite number and variety of separate lives.
„The present is only understandable through the past, with which it forms a living continuity; and the past is always grasped from our own partial viewpoint within the present.“
— Terry Eagleton British writer, academic and educator 1943
Quelle: 1980s, Literary Theory: An Introduction (1983), Chapter 2, p. 62
„As a consequence of disease and environmental forces, as well as other factors, a large number of polymorphisms may exist in a population. Some may be related to present selective forces, and others to forces which operated in the past, but which are no longer significant. Present gene frequencies may also result from gene mixture between populations.“
— Baruch Samuel Blumberg American doctor 1925 - 2011
[Polymorphisms of the serum proteins and the development of iso-preciptins in transfused patients, Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine, 40, 5, 1964, 377–386, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC1750599/?page=2] (quote from 378)
„The past can be told as it truly is, not was. For recounting the past is a social act of the present done by men of the present and affecting the social system of the present.“
— Immanuel Wallerstein economic historian 1930 - 2019
Wallerstein (1974) The modern world system capitalist agriculture and the origins of the European world economy in the sixteenth century. New York: Academic Press.
„Misunderstanding of the present is the inevitable consequence of ignorance of the past. But a man may wear himself out just as fruitlessly in seeking to understand the past, if he is totally ignorant of the present…This faculty of understanding the living is, in very truth, the master quality of the historian.“
— Marc Bloch French historian, medievalist, and historiographer 1886 - 1944
The Historian's Craft, pg.43
„I have learned that the consequences of our past actions are always interesting; I have learned to view the present with a forward-looking eye.“
— John Irving, buch Owen Meany
Quelle: A Prayer for Owen Meany
„The History of Institutions cannot be mastered – can scarcely be approached – without an effort. It affords little of the romantic incident or of the picturesque grouping which constitute the charm of History in general, and holds out small temptation to the mind that requires to be tempted to the study of Truth. But it…abounds in examples of that continuity of life, the realisation of which is necessary to give the reader a personal hold on the past and a right judgment of the present. For the roots of the present lie deep in the past, and nothing in the past is dead to the man who would learn how the present comes to be what it is.“
— William Stubbs English historian and clergyman 1825 - 1901
The Constitutional History of England (1873-8; Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1903) vol. 1, p. iii.
— Flora Rheta Schreiber American journalist 1918 - 1988
Quelle: Sybil: The Classic True Story of a Woman Possessed by Sixteen Personalities