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Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.


What does the future, that half of time, matter to the man who is infatuated with eternity?

EMIL CIORAN, History & Utopia

Man is better without knowledge of things to come, for what is to be will be, and man can neither avert nor hasten. It is better to go in the dark when the road must pass a lion and there is no other road.

ROBERT E. HOWARD, Kull: Exile of Atlantis

The future must be met, however stern and iron it be.


This is the first age that's ever paid much attention to the future, which is a little ironic since we may not have one.

ARTHUR C. CLARKE, attributed, The Peter Plan: A Proposal for Survival

To ordain the future in advance in this way, man must first have learned to distinguish necessary events from chance ones, to think causally, to see and anticipate distant eventualities as if they belonged to the present, to decide with certainty what is the goal and what the means to it, and in general be able to calculate and compute.

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, Genealogy of Morals

We are always looking into the future, but we see only the past.

MADAME SWETCHINE, "Airelles," The Writings of Madame Swetchine

We're not responsible for the world we're born into. Only for the world we leave when we die. So we have to accept what's gone before us in the past, and work to change the only thing we can--the future.

WILLIAM SHATNER, The Ashes of Eden

A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.

ALBERT EINSTEIN, "My Future Plans," The Collected Papers of Albert Einstein

While we may open the books of the past, we may but grant flying glances of the future, through the mist that veils it.

ROBERT E. HOWARD, Kull: Exile of Atlantis

Of this I am quite sure, that if we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future.

WINSTON CHURCHILL, speech in the House of Commons, Jun. 18, 1940

Tomorrow will be a new day.


Anyone who fights for the future, lives in it today.

AYN RAND, The Romantic Manifesto

Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia.... You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you'll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.

JOHN GREEN, Looking for Alaska

You can't see the future, there's no such thing. It's all bets. You'll never get the same answer from two seers. But that doesn't mean either of them's wrong.


The story of the future is written in the past, and that which hath been is the same thing that shall be.

LORD ACTON, The History of Freedom in Christianity

Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.


How can anyone ever predict the future?... It's mind boggling. The only explanation that makes sense is that the events have already occurred in one way or another.

LY DE ANGELES, Tarot Theory and Practice

The future is still unspoiled.

LOUISA MAY ALCOTT, A Long Fatal Love Chase

The best way to predict your future is to create it.


Perhaps the safest prediction we can make about the future is that it will surprise us.

GEORGE LEONARD, The Silent Pulse

We are the first men of a Future that has not materialized. We belong to a "great age" that has not "come off". We moved too quickly for the world. We set too sharp a pace.

WYNDHAM LEWIS, Blasting and Bombardiering

What sense is there in continuing when one has seen the future?

ALAN LIGHTMAN, Einstein's Dreams

Our eyes are always blind when they view the future.

KELLY LINK, Steampunk!: An Anthology of Fantastically Rich and Strange Stories

The wiser a man is, it seems to me, the more vividly he can see the future as part of the evolving present. He doesn't break the flow of life, he directs it, hastens it, but preserves its continuity.

WALTER LIPPMANN, Drift and Mastery: An Attempt to Diagnose the Current Unrest

He only is anxious about the future, to whom the present is unprofitable.

SENECA, Ad Lucilium Epistulae Morales

I've seen the future and the future's nothing new.

THE ALTERNATE ROUTES, "The Future's Nothing New"

All people and all men are filled with a kind of premonition, and everyone whose vital organs are not paralyzed faces with shuddering expectation the approaching future which will utter the redeeming word.

MIKHAIL BAKUNIN, "The Reaction in Germany"

When then things to come are said to be seen, it is not themselves which as yet are not (that is, which are to be), but their causes perchance or signs are seen, which already are.

ST. AUGUSTINE, Confessions

There is no future until we settle our past.

ALEXA DAVALOS, The Chronicles of Riddick

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