Quotations About / On: FUTURE

  • 71.
    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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  • 72.
    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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  • 73.
    [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).)
  • 74.
    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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  • 75.
    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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  • 76.
    In any future great national trial, compared with the men of this, we shall have as weak, and as strong; as silly and as wise; as bad and good.
    (Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. response to a serenade, Nov. 10, 1864. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 8, p. 101, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).)
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  • 77.
    Those who live to the future must always appear selfish to those who live to the present.
    (Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Character," Essays, Second Series (1844).)
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  • 78.
    This century fulfills the office of road-laborer for the society of the future. We make the road, others will make the journey.
    (Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by Lorenzo O'Rourke. "Thoughts," Postscriptum de ma vie, in Victor Hugo's Intellectual Autobiography, Funk and Wagnalls (1907).)
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  • 79.
    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.)
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  • 80.
    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.)
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