Quotations About / On: FUTURE

  • 71.
    These arts open great gates of a future, promising to make the world plastic and to lift human life out of its beggary to a god- like ease and power.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Works and Days," Society and Solitude (1870).)
  • 72.
    The struggle of today, is not altogether for today—it is for a vast future also.
    (Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. annual message to Congress, Dec. 3, 1861. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 53, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).)
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  • 73.
    Every writer "creates" his own precursors. His work modifies our conception of the past, as it will modify the future.
    (Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), Argentinian author. repr. In Other Inquisitions (1960, trans. 1964). Kafka and His Precursors (1951).)
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  • 74.
    We yearned for the future. How did we learn it, that talent for insatiability?
    (Margaret Atwood (b. 1939), Canadian novelist, poet, critic. The Handmaid's Tale, ch. 1 (1986).)
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  • 75.
    But let the past as nothing be. For the future my view is that the fight must go on.
    (Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Norman B. Judd, Nov. 15, 1858. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 3, p. 336, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).)
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  • 76.
    The taste for pleasure attaches us to the present. The concern with our salvation leaves us hanging on the future.
    (Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet, critic. My Heart Laid Bare, XXXIX (1887).)
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  • 77.
    The question of armaments, whether on land or sea, is the most immediately and intensely practical question connected with the future fortunes of nations and of mankind.
    (Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924), U.S. president. Address to the Senate (January 22, 1917).)
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  • 78.
    [With the Union saved] its form of government is saved to the world; its beloved history, and cherished memories, are vindicated; and its happy future fully assured, and rendered inconceivably grand.
    (Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Appeal to border state representatives to favor compensated emancipation, July 12, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 319, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).)
  • 79.
    There are times when even the most potent governor must wink at transgression, in order to preserve the laws inviolate for the future.
    (Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. White-Jacket (1850), ch. 85, The Writings of Herman Melville, vol. 5, eds. Harrison Hayford, Hershel Parker, and G. Thomas Tanselle (1969).)
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  • 80.
    Fortune raises up and fortune brings low both the man who fares well and the one who fares badly; and there is no prophet of the future for mortal men.
    (Sophocles (497-406/5 B.C.), Greek tragedian. Antigone, l. 1158.)
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