(Exactly five years ago ...)
"The past is never obliterated; it has a patient, enduring existence where it collects like groundwater in holes and crevices and hidden lodgments -- in attics and basements, in sealed trunks and stubborn drawers, in closets and pockets and in cardboard folders. In these places, its visible colors are bland, but its secret strength gathers like thunderheads."
And if you want something from the much more distant past that may knock your holey socks off, check out this:
Speeches. They just don't make 'em like they used to.