I can’t find an attribution I trust for this first quote; it’s all over the Internet. Thanks to my daughter, who saw it on a web site:
“When your past calls, don't answer. It has nothing new to say.”
I don’t necessarily believe it, but it seems like good advice for most people, most of the time.
And of course, there is William Faulkner:
“The past is never dead. It’s not even past.”
For some reason, these quotes reminded me of another:
"Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans"
--Allen Saunders, American writer, 1957
While I’m on the subject, I’ll repeat a quotation I first offered in April (I am sure of the provenance because I copied it out of the book while I was reading it):
"It’s not that you ever get to make the one, big dramatic decision that determines your future. Unfortunately, your life is ruled by 10,000 chickenshit, spur of the moment decisions that, over a period of time, add up to make your life what it is."
--Tom Wicker, Facing the Lions