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Quotations About / On: FUTURE

  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
    (Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Illingworth, in A Woman of No Importance, act 3.)
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  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    Those who live to the future must always appear selfish to those who live to the present.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Character," Essays, Second Series (1844).)
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  • 45.
    There are times when even the most potent governor must wink at transgression, in order to preserve the laws inviolate for the future.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. White-Jacket (1850), ch. 85, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 5, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1969).)
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  • 46.
    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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  • 47.
    We yearned for the future. How did we learn it, that talent for insatiability?
    (Margaret Atwood (b. 1939), Canadian novelist, poet, critic. The Handmaid's Tale, ch. 1 (1986).)
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  • 48.
    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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  • 49.
    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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  • 50.
    The struggle of today, is not altogether for today—it is for a vast future also.
    (Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. annual message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1861. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 53, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).)
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