Quotations About / On: FUTURE
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).)
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.)
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.)
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).)
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).)
Existence is no more than the precarious attainment of relevance in an intensely mobile flux of past, present, and future.
(Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. "'Thinking Against Oneself': Reflections on Cioran," Styles of Radical Will (1969).)
I often wonder what future historians will say about us. One sentence will suffice to describe modern man: he fornicated and he read newspapers.
(Albert Camus (1913-1960), French-Algerian novelist, dramatist, philosopher. The Fall, p. 10, Gallimard (1956).)
I do not think white America is committed to granting equality to the American Negro ... this is a passionately racist country; it will continue to be so in the foreseeable future.
(Susan Sontag (b. 1933), U.S. essayist. repr. In Styles of Radical Will (1969). "What's Happening in America (1966)," Partisan Review (New Brunswick, N.J., Winter 1967).)
To regard one's immortality as an exchange of matter is as strange as predicting the future of a violin case once the expensive violin it held has broken and lost its worth.
(Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Ragin's interior dialogue in Ward No. 6, Works, vol., "Nauka" (1976).)
The social object of skilled investment should be to defeat the dark forces of time and ignorance which envelope our future.
(John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946), British economist. General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money, bk. 4, ch. 12, sct. 5 (1936).)