Quotations About / On: FUTURE

  • 71.
    The yuppie idea of the future ain't my idea of a future. Your safe car, and home, and job, and all the time rushing between the three—let's make people feel they can grow up and have some education, some interest in life! That's what counts!
    (Joe Strummer (b. 1952), British rock musician. Interview in Melody Maker (London, July 23, 1988).)
  • 72.
    We already have the statistics for the future: the growth percentages of pollution, overpopulation, desertification. The future is already in place.
    (Günther Grass (b. 1927), German author. Interview in New Statesman & Society (London, June 22, 1990).)
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  • 73.
    Future. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured.
    (Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), U.S. author. The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906), repr. In Collected Works of Ambrose Bierce, vol. 7 (1911).)
  • 74.
    The Times are the masquerade of the eternities; trivial to the dull, tokens of noble and majestic agents to the wise; the receptacle in which the Past leaves its history; the quarry out of which the genius of today is building up the Future.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Speech, December 2, 1841, at the Masonic Temple, Boston, Massachusetts. "Introductory Lecture on the Times," Nature, Addresses, and Lectures (1849).)
  • 75.
    Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.
    (Audre Lorde (1934-1992), African American poet, autobiographer, and lesbian feminist. Sister Outsider, ch. 3 (1984). From "Poetry is Not a Luxury," an essay first published in Chrysalis, number 3 (1977).)
  • 76.
    What would you do in my position? Would you drop the war where it is? Or, would you prosecute it in future, with elderstalk squirts, charged with rose water?
    (Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Letter to Cuthbert Bullitt, July 28, 1862. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 5, p. 346, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).)
  • 77.
    Whenever a mind is simple and receives an old wisdom, old things pass away,—means, teachers, texts, temples fall; it lives now, and absorbs past and future into present hour. All things are made sacred by relation to it,—one as much as another.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Self-Reliance," Essays, First Series (1841, repr. 1847).)
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  • 78.
    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).)
  • 79.
    There is only one real tragedy in a woman's life. The fact that her past is always her lover, and her future invariably her husband.
    (Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Mrs. Cheveley, in An Ideal Husband, act 3.)
  • 80.
    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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