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If you do not think about the future, you cannot have one.

JOHN GALSWORTHY, Swan Song

Coming events cast their shadows before.

JAMES JOYCE, Ulysses

The future is already here — it's just not very evenly distributed.

WILLIAM GIBSON, Fresh Air, NPR, Aug. 31, 1993

There is no smooth road into the future: but we go round, or scramble over the obstacles.

D. H. LAWRENCE, Lady Chatterley's Lover

You glorify the past
When the future dries up.

U2, "God Part II"

It is not the present which unfluences the future, thou fool, but the future which forms the present. You have it all backward. Since the future is set, an unfolding of events which will assure that future is fixed and inevitable.

FRANK HERBERT, Children of Dune

Go forth to meet the shadowy Future, without fear, and with a manly heart.

HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW, Hyperion

Learn to recognize the future the way a Steersman identifies guiding stars and corrects the course of his vessel. Learn from the past; never use it as an anchor.

BRIAN HERBERT & KEVIN J. ANDERSON, Dune: House Harkonnen

One might as well attempt to calculate mathematically the contingent forms of the tinkling bits of glass in a kaleidoscope as to look through the tube of the future and foretell its pattern.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Life Thoughts

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, It Seems to Me: Selected Letters of Eleanor Roosevelt

The future is like smoke from a burning forest, waiting for the wind of specific events and personal courage to blow the sparks and embers of reality this way or that.

DAN SIMMONS, The Rise of Endymion

Whether we shape the future in the image of our hopes, is ours to determine by our actions and our choices.

RICHARD NIXON, Inaugural Address, Jan. 20, 1969

The Future, like a fruitfuller Summer, sits
Ripening her Eden silently.

GERALD MASSEY, "To My Wife"

Nobody knows what the future will bring, but it's a good bet that there will be a delivery charge.

TOM WILSON, Ziggy, Feb. 14, 2000

It is today that we must create the world of the future.

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, Tomorrow Is Now

The future remains uncertain and so it should, for it is the canvas upon which we paint our desires. Thus always the human condition faces a beautifully empty canvas.

FRANK HERBERT, Children of Dune

I find my past in my present, and from these forecast my future.

AMOS BRONSON ALCOTT, Table Talk

The future was a time that called into question everything that came before it.

IVAN KLIMA, Waiting for the Dark, Waiting for the Light

The only fresh meat is the future.

SARAH LINDSAY, "Circus Merk's Queen of Siberia"

To know the future absolutely it to be trapped into that future absolutely. It collapses time. Present becomes future.

FRANK HERBERT, Children of Dune

Well the future for me is already a thing of the past.

BOB DYLAN, "Bye and Bye"

The future was a dark corridor, with the door at its end firmly closed.

GUSTAVE FLAUBERT, Madame Bovary

There is no PAST anybody can get to, to alter things or even to know what those things were but there is definitely a future, we are already in it.

JOYCE CAROL OATES, Zombie

I go to scale the Future's possibilities! Farewell!

HENRIK IBSEN, Love's Comedy

The future is an infinite succession of presents.

HOWARD ZINN, You Can't Be Neutral on a Moving Train

The best is always yet to come.

BOB DYLAN, "If Dogs Run Free"

The future? I hate it because I will not be there.

BRIAN HERBERT & KEVIN J. ANDERSON, The Butlerian Jihad

You don't need to predict the future. Just choose a future -- a good future, a useful future -- and make the kind of prediction that will alter human emotions and reactions in such a way that the future you predicted will be brought about. Better to make a good future than predict a bad one.

ISAAC ASIMOV, Prelude to Foundation

We have no idea, now, of who or what the inhabitants of our future might be. In that sense, we have no future. Not in the sense that our grandparents had a future, or thought they did. Fully imagined cultural futures were the luxury of another day, one in which 'now' was of some greater duration. For us, of course, things can change so abruptly, so violently, so profoundly, that futures like our grandparents' have insufficient 'now' to stand on. We have no future because our present is too volatile.... We have only risk management. The spinning of the given moment's scenarios. Pattern recognition.

WILLIAM GIBSON, Pattern Recognition

People ask me to predict the future, when all I want to do is prevent it.

RAY BRADBURY, Beyond 1984: The People Machines

We are all engaged in looting the past. (Only the greatest geniuses manage to steal from the future.)

DONALD BARTHELME, "The Emerging Figure"

The future is not always a whole new ball game. There tends to be unfinished business. One trails all sorts of things around with one, things that simply won't be got rid of.

ANITA BROOKNER, Lewis Percy

There is no justification for present existence other than its expansion into an indefinitely open future.

SIMONE DE BEAUVOIR, The Second Sex

The future is not google-able.

WILLIAM GIBSON, comments at A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books, Feb. 5, 2004

You can't really predict the future. All you can do is invent it.

FREDERIK POHL, "Science Fiction's Hidden Hero"

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