- 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.
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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