Quotations About / On: FUTURE

  • 71.
    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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  • 72.
    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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  • 73.
    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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  • 74.
    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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  • 75.
    The present hour is always wealthiest when it is poorer than the future ones, as that is the pleasantest site which affords the pleasantest prospects.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Letter, April 2, 1843, to Richard F. Fuller, in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 6, p. 66, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 76.
    The educator must above all understand how to wait; to reckon all effects in the light of the future, not of the present.
    (Ellen Key (1849-1926), Swedish author, feminist. "The Conventional Woman," The Morality of Woman and Other Essays (1911).)
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  • 77.
    I don't try to describe the future. I try to prevent it.
    (Ray Bradbury (b. 1920), U.S. writer of science fiction. Independent (London, July 16, 1992). Quoted by Arthur C. Clarke.)
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  • 78.
    As a child is indulged or checked in its early follies, a ground is generally laid for the happiness or misery of the future man.
    (Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1742). Pamela, in Pamela, vol. 4, p. 370.)
  • 79.
    The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day ... a movement is only people moving.
    (Gloria Steinem (b. 1934), U.S. feminist, author, and editor. As quoted in Time, p. 57 (March 9, 1992).)
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  • 80.
    The planet's survival has become so uncertain that any effort, any thought that presupposes an assured future amounts to a mad gamble.
    (Elias Canetti (b. 1905), Austrian novelist, philosopher. "1979," The Secret Heart Of The Clock: Notes, Aphorisms, Fragments 1973-1985 (1991).)
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