Quotations About / On: FUTURE

  • 61.
    Don't forget what I discovered—that over ninety percent of all national deficits from 1921 to 1939 were caused by payments for past, present, and future wars.
    (Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945), U.S. president. Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Search for Victory: American- Soviet Relations, 1939-1945, p. 27, Scholarly Resources, Inc. (1990). PSF II, Departmental Files, State Department, 1940-1941, Box 22, Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, New York, FDR to Adolph A. Berle, Jr. (June 21, 1941). This was a theme FDR harped on throughout his presidency. A first obligation of the President was to attempt arms limitation; failing this, the first obligation was to arm for defense.)
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  • 62.
    He who never sacrificed a present to a future good or a personal to a general one can speak of happiness only as the blind do of colors.
    (Olympia Brown (1835-1900), U.S. minister, first woman ordained in U.S. sermon, c. Jan. 13, 1895, Mukwonago, Wisconsin; repr. In Annual Journal of the Universalist Historical Society, vol. 4 (1963). Olympia Brown, An Autobiography, ed. Gwendolen B. Willis (1960).)
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  • 63.
    On the tree, Future, we build our nest; and in our solitude eagles shall bring us nourishment in their beaks!
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 4, p. 126, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980); Thus Spoke Zarathustra, p. 98, trans. by Walter Kaufmann, New York, Penguin Books (1978). Zarathustra, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Second Part, "On the Rabble," (1883).)
  • 64.
    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).)
  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    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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  • 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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