Quotations About / On: FUTURE

  • 51.
    The country that is more developed industrially only shows, to the less developed, the image of its own future.
    (Karl Marx (1818-1883), German political theorist, social philosopher. Capital, preface (first edition, 1867).)
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  • 52.
    If you are truly serious abut preparing your child for the future, don't teach him to subtract—teach him to deduct.
    (Fran Lebowitz (20th century), U.S. journalist and humorist. The Fran Lebowitz Reader, "Parental Guidance," (1994).)
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  • 53.
    The future which we hold in trust for our own children will be shaped by our fairness to other people's children.
    (Marian Wright Edelman (20th century), U.S. author and child advocate. As quoted in Richard B. Stolley, "Our Future Depends on How We Treat America's Children," Money (May 1995).)
  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    The social object of skilled investment should be to defeat the dark forces of time and ignorance which envelope our future.
    (John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946), British economist. General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, bk. 4, ch. 12, sct. 5 (1936).)
  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    Existence is no more than the precarious attainment of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past, present, and future.
    (Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. "'Thinking Against Oneself': Reflections on Cioran," Styles of Radical Will (1969).)
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  • 58.
    The planet's survival has become so uncertain that any effort, any thought that presupposes an assured future amounts to a mad gamble.
    (Elias Canetti (b. 1905), Austrian novelist, philosopher. "1979," The Secret Heart Of The Clock: Notes, Aphorisms, Fragments 1973-1985 (1991).)
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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    I don't try to describe the future. I try to prevent it.
    (Ray Bradbury (b. 1920), U.S. writer of science fiction. Independent (London, July 16, 1992). Quoted by Arthur C. Clarke.)
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