If I should attempt to tell how I have desired to spend my life in years past, it would probably surprise those of my readers who are somewhat acquainted with its actual history; it would certainly astonish those who know nothing about it.
Doubtless the work of the past few months does seem like a triumphal march to him; but then people seldom see the halting and painful steps by which the most insignificant success is achieved.
"Gentlemen, the dispositions for tomorrow--or rather for today, for it is past midnight--cannot now be altered," said he.
But you must remember I'm old, and my dashing days are past and gone.
That time which we really improve, or which is improvable, is neither past, present, nor future.
And as I look to the past and the present, I see two phenomena that especially drive my optimism.
In the past, we simply had division of labor among people.
It really seems wrong to snatch such sacred things away from the sanctuary of the Past where they belong....
Why go through all that pain again, when she had almost succeeded in putting him in the past - almost, but not quite.
"Come on," Bordeaux whispered as he brushed past her.
A yellow ball of hissing fur flew past her.
"Half-past three," he said.
History is full of radical breaks with the past that only seem to have come out of nowhere but were, in fact, predictable.
After soaking two years and then lying high six months it was perfectly sound, though waterlogged past drying.
Avoiding his eyes as she walked past him, she tried not to limp.
She crept down the dim hall, past the bedroom that Julia and Rachel shared, and on past Brandon's door.
She jerked her hand free and darted past the wide-eyed Claudette - up the stairs and into the safety of her room.
One night the king sat up very late, writing letters and sending messages; and the little page was kept busy running on errands until past midnight.
In the past two centuries with very little technology, we've come from whale oil and wood to solar and nuclear.
The hotel was so near the river that I could feel it rushing past by putting my hand on the window.
Besides, her past experiences and associations were all against me.
The troops again began to move, and two battalions of the Novgorod and one of the Apsheron regiment went forward past the Emperor.
He had seemed amused by her modesty in the past, and yet it had obviously troubled him.
You keep telling me it's in the past - until you can dig it back up and throw it in my face again.
She brushed past Cade, giving him a stern look as she left the room.
While he now had the ability to chase his past, he refused vehemently to do so.
I sacrificed it to Vulcan, for it was past serving the god Terminus.
She hadn't helped any by turning their past problems into a monetary issue.
We'd discussed this point among ourselves numerous times over the past months.
Business demanded my attention this past week and I responded gallantly.
That's when all the weird tips occur, not further back in the past, but he doesn't know that.
The prince had a list of things to be bought in Smolensk and, walking up and down the room past Alpatych who stood by the door, he gave his instructions.
All night long troops were moving past the inn.
He went out into the street: two men were running past toward the bridge.
On the tenth of August the regiment Prince Andrew commanded was marching along the highroad past the avenue leading to Bald Hills.
Everything that reminded him of his past was repugnant to him, and so in his relations with that former circle he confined himself to trying to do his duty and not to be unfair.
Riding past the pond where there used always to be dozens of women chattering as they rinsed their linen or beat it with wooden beetles, Prince Andrew noticed that there was not a soul about and that the little washing wharf, torn from its place and half submerged, was floating on its side in the middle of the pond.
Believing their danger past, they sprang from their ambush and, chirruping something in their shrill little voices and holding up their skirts, their bare little sunburned feet scampered merrily and quickly across the meadow grass.
It was past one o'clock.
Pictures of the near past--her father's illness and last moments--rose one after another to her memory.
And these pictures presented themselves to her so clearly and in such detail that they seemed now present, now past, and now future.
Of late he had received so many new and very serious impressions--such as the retreat from Smolensk, his visit to Bald Hills, and the recent news of his father's death--and had experienced so many emotions, that for a long time past those memories had not entered his mind, and now that they did, they did not act on him with nearly their former strength.