Quotations About / On: YESTERDAY

  • 1.
    Our "Age of Anxiety" is, in great part, the result of trying to do today's job with yesterday's tools—with yesterday's concepts.
    (Marshall McLuhan (1911-1980), Canadian communications and media theorist, and Quentin Fiore. The Medium Is the Massage, Random House (1967).)
    More quotations from: Marshall McLuhan, yesterday, today
  • 2.
    For us, the best time is always yesterday.
    (Tatyana Tolstaya (b. 1951), Russian author. Independent (London, May 31, 1990). Said of the Russians.)
    More quotations from: Tatyana Tolstaya, yesterday, time
  • 3.
    In politics, yesterday's lie is attacked only to flatter today's.
    (Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man, "A Biologist's Thoughts," ch. 10 (1962). Pensées d'un Biologiste (1939).)
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  • 4.
    You did charmingly yesterday. You attended well to everything.
    (James Boswell (1740-1795), Scottish author. Boswell in Holland, October 28, 1763, p. 55, McGraw-Hill Book Co. (1952). Boswell's self-examination, repeated periodically in his diary.)
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  • 5.
    The Sound of battle fell upon my ear & heart all day yesterday—even after dark the cannon's insatiate roar continued ...
    (Elizabeth Blair Lee (1818-?), U.S. housewife. Wartime Washington, letter dated October 15, 1863 (1991). Born in Kentucky, Lee later lived in Maryland and in Washington, D.C., with her husband and child. Her husband, Samuel Phillips Lee, was a Union naval commander in the Civil War.)
  • 6.
    Mother died today. Or perhaps it was yesterday, I don't know.
    (Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. Mersault, in The Outsider, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1944).)
  • 7.
    The rule is, jam tomorrow and jam yesterday—but never jam today.
    (Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician. The White Queen, in Through the Looking-Glass, "Wool and Water," (1872).)
  • 8.
    Europe and the U.K. are yesterday's world. Tomorrow is in the United States.
    (R.W. "Tiny" Rowland (b. 1917), British businessman. quoted in Observer (London, Jan. 16, 1983).)
  • 9.
    Today is, after all, today, but yesterday is of the same substance as tomorrow.
    (Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Primislaus, in Libussa, act 3 (1872).)
  • 10.
    The present is the ever moving shadow that divides yesterday from tomorrow. In that lies hope.
    (Frank Lloyd Wright (1869-1959), U.S. architect. "Night is but a Shadow Cast by the Sun," pt. 5, The Living City (1958). Closing words.)
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