Quotations About / On: FUTURE

  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    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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  • 68.
    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).)
  • 69.
    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).)
  • 70.
    To regard one's immortality as an exchange of matter is as strange as predicting the future of a violin case once the expensive violin it held has broken and lost its worth.
    (Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Ragin's interior dialogue in Ward No. 6, Works, vol., "Nauka" (1976).)
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