The past | Ted Chiang, 2007

Chalice cover, Italy, late 17th-early 18th century

“Nothing erases the past. There is repentance, there is atonement, 
and there is forgiveness. That is all, but that is enough.”

“Four things do not come back: the spoken word, the sped arrow, 
the past life, and the neglected opportunity.”

“Past and future are the same, and we cannot change either, only know them 
more fully. My journey to the past had changed nothing, but what I had learned
 had changed everything.”

Ted Chiang, The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate, 2007 

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