Quotations About / On:
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).)
The struggle of today, is not altogether for todayit 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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
[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).)
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).)
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.)