Quotations About / On:
This country is at present engaged in furnishing material for future authors; not in encouraging its living ones.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. Letter, July 20, 1851, to a publisher, Richard Bentley. Correspondence, vol. 14, The Writings of Herman Melville, ed. Lynn Horth (1993).
The subject was international copyright.)
The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future.
(Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Illingworth, in A Woman of No Importance, act 3.)
The present hour is always wealthiest when it is poorer than the future ones, as that is the pleasantest site which affords the pleasantest prospects.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, April 2, 1843, to Richard F. Fuller, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 66, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
The educator must above all understand how to wait; to reckon all effects in the light of the future, not of the present.
(Ellen Key (1849-1926), Swedish author, feminist. "The Conventional Woman," The Morality of Woman and Other Essays (1911).)
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.)
As a child is indulged or checked in its early follies, a ground is generally laid for the happiness or misery of the future man.
(Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1742). Pamela, in Pamela, vol. 4, p. 370.)
The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day ... a movement is only people moving.
(Gloria Steinem (b. 1934), U.S. feminist, author, and editor. As quoted in Time, p. 57 (March 9, 1992).)
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).)
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).)
I often wonder what future historians will say about us. One sentence will suffice to describe modern man: he fornicated and he read newspapers.
(Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. The Fall, p. 10, Gallimard (1956).)