Quotations About / On:
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).)
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).)
A fixed image of the future is in the worst sense ahistorical.
(Juliet Mitchell (b. 1940), New Zealand author. "WomenThe Longest Revolution," New Left Review (London, Nov./Dec. 1966).)
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).)
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.)
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).)
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).)
[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).)
The older we become, the more certain our future.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).)
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).)