Quotations About / On: FUTURE

  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    To apologize is to lay the foundation for a future offense.
    (Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906).)
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  • 57.
    We shall be better prepared for the future if we see how terrible, how doomed the present is.
    (Iris Murdoch (b. 1919), British novelist, philosopher. David Crimond, in "Midwinter," pt. 2, The Book and the Brotherhood (1987).)
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  • 58.
    Adolescence represents an inner emotional upheaval, a struggle between the eternal human wish to cling to the past and the equally powerful wish to get on with the future.
    (Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Adolescence, introduction (1984).)
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  • 59.
    The future author is one who discovers that language, the exploration and manipulation of the resources of language, will serve him in winning through to his way.
    (Thornton Wilder (1897-1975), U.S. novelist, dramatist. Interview in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958).)
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  • 60.
    If I had to live my life over again I would live it as I have lived it; I neither regret the past nor fear the future.
    (Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Of Repentance," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. III, ch. 2, Abel Langelier, Paris (1595).)
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