The best Quotes from The Go-Between

The best Quotes from The Go-Between

The Go-Between is a novel by L. P. Hartley published in 1953. His best-known work, it has been adapted several times for stage and screen. The book gives a critical view of society at the end of the Victorian era through the eyes of a naïve schoolboy outsider.

The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.
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The future is easy because it doesn't exist; but the past is painful because it lives forever.
Maybe the past is like an anchor holding us back. Maybe you have to let go of who you were, to become who you will be.
Carrie Bradshaw in Sex And The City - Season 5 Episode 1
Oh yes. The past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it.
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Timon: "You gotta put your past behind ya. Look kid, bad things happen, and you can't do anything about it, right?"
Simba: "Right."
Timon: "Wrong!"
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The past is the past, but if you're overanalyzing or trying to repeat it, you're gonna get stuck.
The past never stops, it reviews the present.
The past is always with us, Tyler. Now, you can try and run away but it's always there.
Rendell Locke in Locke & Key - Season 1 Episode 3
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The past is a wave. Keeps returning.
You can't undo the past... but you can certainly not repeat it.
History's a rock. Can't swim if you're holding it.
Walker in Bullet Head
I have great expectations for the future, because the past was highly overrated.
The past is a source of knowledge, and the future is a source of hope. Love of the past implies faith in the future.
The only time you should look back in life is to see how far you have come.
There's no need to change the past. Because of the past we are who we are now.
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Walk until the darkness is a memory, and you become the sun on the next traveler's horizon.
Kobe Bryant in Training Camp
Humans had always been better at killing than any other living thing.
"And what if there's nothing in there?"
"You die and there's nothing beyond that. Nothing. Nothing remains. Someone might remember you for a little while after but not for long."
There's only one thing that can save a man from madness and that's uncertainty.
The number of places in paradise is limited; only in hell is entry open to all.
Do you know the parable about the frog in the cream? Two frogs landed in a pail of cream. One, thinking rationally, understood straight away that there was no point in resistance and that you can't deceive destiny. But then what if there's an afterlife – why bother jumping around, entertaining false hopes in vain? He crossed his legs and sank to the bottom. The second, the fool, was probably an atheist. And she started to flop around. It would seem that she had no reason to flail about if everything was predestined. But she flopped around and flopped around anyway . . . Meanwhile, the cream turned to butter. And she crawled out. We honour the memory of this second frog's friend, eternally damned for the sake of progress and rational thought.
There are some things that you don't want to do and you pledge to yourself that you won't do, you forbid yourself, and then suddenly they happen all by themselves. You don't even have time to think about them, and they don't make it to the cognitive centres of the brain: they just happen and that's it, and you're left just watching yourself with surprise, and convincing yourself that it wasn't your fault, it just happened all by itself.

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