Quotations About / On: FUTURE

  • 31.
    At sixty, I would like to give my future back its vistas of uncertainty.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)
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  • 32.
    [On being asked "what sort of future she anticipates having":] A very short one.
    (Jeanne Calment (b. c. 1875), French: "oldest known living person." As quoted in Newsweek magazine, p. 23 (March 6, 1995).)
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  • 33.
    The older we become, the more certain our future.
    (Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).)
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  • 34.
    Plato's philosophy is a dignified preface to future religion.
    (Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 27 in Selected Ideas (1799-1800), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).)
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  • 35.
    The constant abrasion and decay of our lives makes the soil of our future growth.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 375, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 36.
    Give me insight into today and you may have the antique and future worlds.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Lecture, August 31, 1837, delivered before the Phi Beta Kappa Society, Harvard University. "The American Scholar," Nature, Addresses and Lectures (1849).)
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  • 37.
    These things are in the future; we needs must do what lies at hand.
    (Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Antigone, l. 1334.)
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  • 38.
    I have not the most definite designs on the future.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 74, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 39.
    In every naked negro of those thousands, they saw a future customer.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Address Delivered in Concord on the Anniversary of the Emancipation of the Negroes in the British West Indies, August 1, 1884," Miscellanies (1883, repr. 1903). Emerson reveals the vested interests of some abolitionists.)
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  • 40.
    And all your future lies beneath your hat.
    (John Oldham (1653-1683), British poet. Lines to a Friend About to Leave the University.)
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