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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

NUMBER: 1296
AUTHOR: William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
QUOTATION: Whereof what’s past is prologue, what to come
In yours and my discharge.
ATTRIBUTION: WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, The Tempest, act II, scene i, lines 253–54. Antonio is speaking.

“What’s past is prologue” is carved on the National Archives Building, Washington, D.C.
SUBJECTS: Past and future