Quotations About / On: FUTURE

  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    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).)
  • 43.
    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).)
  • 44.
    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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  • 45.
    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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  • 46.
    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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  • 47.
    Each of us enters the world because hope for the future preceded us.
    (Marge Kennedy (20th century), U.S. author. 100 Things You Can Do to Keep Your Family Together..., Introduction to part 1 (1994).)
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  • 48.
    Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.
    (George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. Nineteen Eighty-Four, pt. 1, ch. 3 (1949). Ingsoc party slogan.)
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  • 49.
    The future is made of the same stuff as the present.
    (Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. On Science, Necessity, and the Love of God, ed. Richard Rees (1968). "Some Thoughts on the Love of God," (Oct. 1940-May 1942).)
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  • 50.
    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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