Quotations About / On: FUTURE

  • 21.
    Promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future, making it predictable and reliable to the extent that this is humanly possible.
    (Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. "Civil Disobedience," Crises of the Republic (1972).)
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  • 22.
    The essence of statesmanship is not a rigid adherence to the past, but a prudent and probing concern for the future.
    (Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. Speech, March 30, 1967, Bonn, Germany.)
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  • 23.
    There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
    (Graham Greene (1904-1991), British novelist. The Power and the Glory, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1940).)
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  • 24.
    There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
    (Graham Greene (1901-1994), British author. The Power and the Glory, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1940).)
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  • 25.
    The future is the worst thing about the present.
    (Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 1, Conard (1915).)
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  • 26.
    Philosophy finds it an easy matter to vanquish past and future evils, but the present are commonly too hard for it.
    (François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680), French writer, moralist. repr. F.A. Stokes Co., New York (c. 1930). Moral Maxims and Reflections, no. 23 (1665-1678), trans. London (1706).)
  • 27.
    If you want a vision of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—forever.
    (George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. O'Brien to Winston Smith, in Nineteen Eighty-Four, pt. 3, ch. 3 (1949).)
  • 28.
    Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.
    (Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian philosopher, author. "Beyond Nihilism," pt. 5, The Rebel (1951, trans. 1953).)
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  • 29.
    There are certain moments when we might wish the future were built by men of the past.
    (Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man (1962). Carnets d'un Biologiste, p. 196.)
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  • 30.
    A fixed image of the future is in the worst sense ahistorical.
    (Juliet Mitchell (b. 1940), New Zealand author. "Women—The Longest Revolution," New Left Review (London, Nov./Dec. 1966).)
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