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 threelet'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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)