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If you learn one thing from having lived through decades of changing views, it is that all predictions are necessarily false. (M. H. Abrams)

Childhood experiences are possible inaugurations to the future we do not yet know. (Faisal Abu'Allah)

Always remember that the future comes one day at a time. (Dean G. Acheson)

So much time is currently spent in worrying about the future that the present is allowed to go to hell. (Russell L. Ackoff)

There is not any present moment that is unconnected with some future one. The life of every man is a continued chain of incidents, each link of which hangs upon the former. (Joseph Addison)

You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you. (James Allen)

The future you see is the future you get. (Robert G. Allen)

Let's all give God a great big hand. I've seen the last page of the bible and it's going to turn out all right. (Anonymous)

The future belongs to those who live intensely in the present. (Anonymous)

Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present. (Marcus Aurelius)

What matters is to live in the present, live now, for every moment is now. Your thoughts and acts of the moment create your future. The outline of your future path already exists, for you created its pattern by your past. (Sri Sathya Sai Baba)

Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present. (Roger Babson)

You are led through your lifetime by the inner learning creature, the playful spiritual being that is your real self. Don't turn away from possible futures before you're certain you don't have anything to learn from them. You're always free to change your mind and choose a different future, or a different past. (Richard Bach)

The future is like heaven, everyone exalts it, but no one wants to go there now. (James Baldwin)

The threads of circumstances that lead to tomorrow are so tenuous that all the fussing and worrying about decisions is futile compared to the pure randomness of existence. (Nick Bantock)

To look backward for a while is to refresh the eye, to restore it, and to render it more fit for its prime function of looking forward. (Margaret Fairless Barber)

Every great work of art has two faces, one toward its own time and one toward the future, toward eternity. (Daniel Barenboim)

The past empowers the present, and the sweeping footsteps leading to this present mark the pathways to the future. (Mary Catherine Bateson)

I find it important to know I've constantly got exhibitions and projects coming up so that there's some sense of structure stretching into the future. (Zoe Benbow)

The future ain't what it used to be. (Yogi Berra)

- The Cynic's Word Book, 1906...
future, n. That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true, and our happiness is assured. (Ambrose Bierce)

prophecy, n. The art and practice of selling one's credibility for future delivery. (Ambrose Bierce)

Futurists were supposed to blend art and life, to make art as important as science and politics. There has never been an art movement more grandiose and visionary, more wildly optimistic. (Harriet Janis and Rudi Blesh)

The way to foresee and control your future is to monitor and regulate your present. (Joe Joseph P. Blodgett)

It is difficult to predict, especially the future. (Niels Bohr)

If you cannot accurately predict the future then you must flexibly be prepared to deal with various possible futures. (Edward de Bono)

When all else is lost, the future still remains. (Christian Nestell Bovee)

Tomorrow belongs to those who can hear it coming. (David Bowie)

I don't try to describe the future. I try to prevent it. (Ray Bradbury)

Begin to make the kind of investment of personal time which will assure that those who come after us will live as well. (Charles W. Bray III)

In the world we live in, everything militates in favor of things that have not yet happened, of things that will never happen again. (Andre Breton)

Nothing we can do can change the past, but everything we do changes the future. (Ashleigh Brilliant)

- The 2000 Year Old Man...
We mock the things we are to be. (Mel Brooks)

Very stange is this quality of our human nature which decrees that unless we feel a future before us we do not live completely in the present. (Phillips Brooks)

I don't know the kind of person I'll be tomorrow, but I'll be able to look back on yesterday and ask, 'What was that guy's problem?' The future is full of condescending jerks. (Benson Bruno)

- address to the people of Canada on the coronation of George VI, May 12, 1937...
We can pay our debts to the past by putting the future in debt to ourselves. (John Buchan)

I don't know what's coming next and neither does anyone else. It's something that we do have to face but the thing is that a lot of people don't want to face it. And there's denial. If somebody says it, like me, everybody feels a little better that they can discuss it. (Art Buchwald)

One faces the future with one's past. (Pearl S. Buck)

Who you are is what you have been. Who you'll be is what you do now. (Gautama Buddha)

Life is short - while we speak it flies; enjoy, then, the present, and forget the future; such is the moral of ancient poetry, a graceful and a wise moral - indulged beneath a southern sky, and all deserving, the phrase applied to it - the philosophy of the garden. (Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton)

You have no idea how pleasant it is not to have any future. It's like having a totally efficient contraceptive. (Anthony Burgess)

You can never plan the future by the past. (Edmund Burke)

I look to the future because that's where I'm going to spend the rest of my life. (George Burns)

Life lived for tomorrow will always be just a day away from being realized. (Leo Buscaglia)

The future will be better tomorrow. (George W. Bush)

Every authentic work of art is a gift offered to the future. (Albert Camus)

It is ironic to think that man might determine his own future by something so seemingly trivial as the choice of an insect spray... A Who's Who of pesticides is therefore of concern to us all. (Rachel Carson)

I see the future as a kaleidoscope of innovation that will portray through my art a glimpse of my id and at its ultimate, capture a moment that will entice the viewer to stir in mind and soul and share a walk on the wild side with me! (John Cerlienco)

Thou hast seen nothing yet. (Miguel de Cervantes)

If there is a gun hanging on the wall in the first act, it must fire in the last. (Anton Chekhov)

The farther back you can look, the farther forward you are likely to see. (Winston Churchill)

If we set up a quarrel between past and present, we will find that we have lost the future. (Winston Churchill)

And in today already walks tomorrow. (Samuel Taylor Coleridge)

Sooner or later comes a crisis in our affairs, and how we meet it determines our future happiness and success. Since the beginning of time, every form of life has been called upon to meet such crisis. (Robert Collier)

Star Trek characters never go shopping. (Doug Coupland)

We have no reliable guarantee that the afterlife will be any less exasperating than this one, have we? (Noel Coward)

Run to meet the future or it's going to run you down. (Anthony J. D'Angelo)

How paramount the future is to the present when one is surrounded by children. (Charles Darwin)

Evolution never looks to the future. (Richard Dawkins)

One must have a high opinion of a work of art – not the work one is creating at the moment, but of that which one desires to achieve one day. Without this it is not worthwhile working. (Edgar Degas)

-purportedly said after seeing the daguerreotype (the first successful photographic process) in 1839...
From today, painting is dead. (Paul Delaroche)

Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window. (Peter Drucker)

The best way to predict the future is to create it. (Peter Drucker)

I have lived so much of my life looking for a better tomorrow that sometimes I am oblivious of today. (Dave Dunlap)

I never think of the future – it comes soon enough. (Albert Einstein)

I desire no future that will break the ties with the past. (George Eliot)

The end is in the beginning and lies far ahead. (Ralph Ellison)

No one can confidently say that he will still be living tomorrow. (Euripides)

If we would see the color of our future, we must look for it in our present; if we would gaze on the star of our destiny, we must look for it in our hearts. (Canon Farrar)

May our future be helpful to others, filled with learning, fun, profit and more. (Tomm Fennell)

Judgment must take account of what it decrees for today in order that today may not paralyze tomorrow. (Felix Frankfurter)

We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims. (Buckminster Fuller)

You can tell the date of an old science fiction novel by every word on the page. Nothing dates harder and faster and more strangely than the future. (Neil Gaiman)

The future depends on what we do in the present. (Mahatma Gandhi)

The future is not a scenario written, which we only have to act out; it is a work which we have to create. (Roger Garaudy)

Whatever may happen the sun will rise tomorrow as it rose to-day, beneficent and serene. (Paul Gauguin)

I have come to an unalterable decision – to go and live forever in Polynesia. Then I can end my days in peace and freedom, without thoughts of tomorrow and this eternal struggle against idiots. (Paul Gauguin)

The trouble with the future is that it usually arrives before we're ready for it. (Arnold H. Glasow)

The painter of the future will be a colorist in a way no one has been before. (Vincent van Gogh)

Any resolution or decision you make is simply a promise to yourself, which isn't worth a tinker's dam unless you have formed the habit of making it and keeping it. (Albert Gray)

Visions of glory, spare my aching sight. / Ye unborn ages, crowd not on my soul! (Thomas Gray)

When your future arrives, will you blame your past? (Robert Half)

There is only one large circle that we march in, around and around, each of us with our own little picture - in front of us - our own little mirage that we think is the future. (Lorrainne Hansberry)

You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about. By recording your dreams and goals on paper, you set in motion the process of becoming the person you most want to be. Put your future in good hands – your own. (Mark Victor Hansen)

It is never safe to look into the future with eyes of fear. (Edward H. Harriman)

I felt the strange brooding lonely presence of Nature fostering a new race, a new age, and as part of it, a new expression in Art. It was an unfolding of the heart itself through the effect of environment, of people, of place, and time. (Lawren Harris)

Tomorrow is a thief of pleasure. (Rex Harrison)

Tomorrow has always been better than today, and it always will be. (Paul Harvey)

Keep this little canvas, it is a promise for the future. When I say 'keep this canvas,' I mean for the influence on yourself. When one does a good thing, it's well to keep it to show how foolish we are at other times. (Charles Hawthorne)

I am looking four years ahead. That should be about right. (Ben Heppner)

Future art that is based on appearances won't look like the art that's gone before. Even revivals of a period are not the same. (David Hockney)

A preoccupation with the future not only prevents us from seeing the present as it is but often prompts us to rearrange the past. (Eric Hoffer)

That the sun will not rise to-morrow is no less intelligible a proposition, and implies no more contradiction, than the affirmation that it will rise. (David Hume)

The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created - created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. The paths are not to be found, but made, and the activity of making them, changes both the maker and the destination. (Deborah James)

I'm really optimistic about the future of mankind because that power [of communication] is no longer concentrated. We've taken that power and given it to everybody. (Tim Jenison)

Let's go invent tomorrow! (Steve Jobs)

I have not yet begun to fight. (John Paul Jones)

To line only for some unknown future is superficial. (Abdul Kalam)

I'm a lousy predictor of the future. (Guy Kawasaki)

My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there. (Charles F. Kettering)

You can't have a better tomorrow if you are thinking about yesterday all the time. (Charles F. Kettering)

I object to people running down the future. I am going to live all the rest of my life there. (Charles F. Kettering)

Representational art will move forward with momentum into the future. (Daniel J. Keys)

Every good thought you think is contributing its share to the ultimate result of your life. (Grenville Kleiser)

The future is never something to be controlled, so making plans for it is like writing words on water. (Sharon Knettell)

So our future is in our own hands. What greater free will do we need? (Dalai Lama)

Everything that looks to the future elevates human nature. (Walter Savage Landor)

I've been through a lot and I realise the future can't be controlled. I'm not worried. You can always learn to overcome difficulties. (Niki Lauda)

Isn't it amazing the way the future succeeds in creating an appropriate past? (John Leonard, critic)

The future belongs to people who see possibilities before they become obvious. (Theodore Levitt)

The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time. (Abraham Lincoln)

Things turn out best for the people who make the best out of the way things turn out. (Art Linkletter)

Build today, then strong and sure / With a firm and ample base / And ascending and secure / Shall tomorrow find its place. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

Do we not all spend the greater part of our lives under the shadow of an event that has not yet come to pass? (Maurice Maeterlinck)

Why should you trouble yourself about the future? You do not even properly know about the present. (Ramana Maharshi)

Our self image, strongly held, essentially determines what we become. (Maxwell Maltz)

What appears spectral today will be natural tomorrow. (Franz Marc)

The good times of today, are the sad thoughts of tomorrow. (Bob Marley)

The future will one day be the present and will seem as unimportant as the present does now. (W. Somerset Maugham)

Art at its most significant is a distant early warning system that can always be relied on to tell the old culture what is beginning to happen. (Marshall McLuhan)

Our permanent address is tomorrow. (Marshall McLuhan)

Youth does not think into the future far enough, therefore we must encourage them to dream of great tomorrows. (Henrietta Mears)

I was taught very early that I would have to depend entirely upon myself; that my future lay in my own hands. (Darius Ogden Mills)

The illiterate of the future will be the person ignorant of the use of the camera as well as the pen. (Laszlo Moholy-Nagy)

We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us. (Lucy Maud Montgomery)

It may be far in the future, but there's some kind of logical way to get from where we are to where the science fiction is. (Elizabeth Moon)

-on being asked, "Where do you see yourself in 10 years?"...
Probably still selling my work on the Tesuque reservation at the flea market here in New Mexico until I can pay off the mobile home. (Kelly Moore)

The future's uncertain and the end is always near. (Jim Morrison)

- The House at Riverton...
Only people unhappy in the present seek to know the future. (Kate Morton)

The world is forbidden to those of the life to come; the life to come is forbidden to those of this world. (Muhammad)

The future influences the present just as much as the past. (Friedrich Nietzsche)

All shall be well, and all shall be well and all manner of thing shall be well. (Julian of Norwich)

Tomorrow, I shall no longer be here. (Nostradamus)

Nothing in the world can one imagine beforehand, not the least thing, everything is made up of so many unique particulars that cannot be forseen. (Nostradamus)

- A Moon for the Misbegotten...
There is no present or future. Only the past happening over and over again, now. (Eugene O'Neill)

The future rewards those who press on. I don't have time to feel sorry for myself. (Barack Obama)

Atlantis will rise again. (Charles Olson)

People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome. (George Orwell)

If you want to know your past life, / look into your present condition; / If you want to know your future life; / look at your present actions. (Padmasambhava)

Don't take tomorrow to bed with you. (Norman Vincent Peale)

Trying to see the future is like driving a car through fog. You can't see a very clear picture of what is ahead, and sometimes you will misinterpret an apparent shape in the distance, but few of us would drive through fog without bothering to look out the window. Blurred vision is a lot better than none at all! (Ian Pearson, futurologist)

Learning is what most adults will do for a living in the 21st century. (Perelman)

It is an old cliche to say that the future is in the hands of the young. This is no longer true. The quality of life to be enjoyed or the existence to be survived by our children and future generations is in our hands now. (Prince Philip)

To me there is no past or future in art. If a work of art does not live in the present, it must not be considered at all. (Pablo Picasso)

- A Whole New Mind...
The future belongs to... creators and empathizers, pattern recognizers and meaning-makers. These people... will now reap society's richest rewards and share its greatest joys. (Daniel H. Pink)

There is my love... of the young artists of my country who can carry on the dreams and ideals into the future. (Joseph Plaskett)

The art of letters will come to an end before A.D. 2000. I shall survive as a curiosity. (Ezra Pound)

A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in. (Greek proverb)

In my brief glimpse of what is to come I realize how little I care to witness it. I have seen the future and I'm fairly relieved to say, it looks nothing like me. (David Rakoff)

Whatever their future, at the dawn of their lives, men seek a noble vision of man's nature and of life's potential. (Ayn Rand)

Art's future is in jeopardy. If the world of art continues to focus on road kill instead of inspiration, the whole world is in deep trouble. (B. Eric Rhoads)

Now I come to you full of future. And from habit we begin to live our past. (Rainer Maria Rilke)

People who fail focus on what they will have to go through; people who succeed focus on what it will feel like at the end. (Tony Robbins)

The past does not equal the future. (Tony Robbins)

My father taught me always to do more than you get paid for as an investment in your future. (Jim Rohn)

We must be careful not to let our current appetites steal away any chance we might have for a future feast. (Jim Rohn)

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. (Eleanor Roosevelt)

Co-operating critics comb the studios like big-league scouts, prepared to spot the art of the future and to take lead in establishing reputations. Art historians stand by ready with cameras and notebooks to make sure every novel detail is safe for the record. The tradition of the new has reduced all other traditions to triviality... (Harold Rosenberg)

We are falling headlong at lightning speed toward the future as we slough off the past like dead skin. (Rick Rotante)

Forget the future. I'd worship someone who could do that. (Rumi)

I tell you the past is a bucket of ashes, so live not in your yesterdays, nor just for tomorrow, but in the here and now. Keep moving and forget the post mortems; and remember, no one can get the jump on the future. (Carl Sandburg)

On the other hand, permanent causes produce helplessness far into the future, and universal causes spread helplessness through all your endeavors. (Martin Seligman)

Man's yesterday may never be like his morrow; / Nought may endure but Mutability. (Percy Bysshe Shelley)

The future may be made up of many factors but where it truly lies is in the hearts and minds of men. Your dedication should not be confined for your own gain, but unleashes your passion for our beloved country as well as for the integrity and humanity of mankind. (Li Ka Shing)

The golden age has not passed; it lies in the future. (Paul Signac)

The best is yet to come. (Frank Sinatra)

In all matters I look forward to what's going to occur – and it's always a pleasant surprise. (Mary Smart)

Divine wisdom, intending to detain us some time on earth, has done well to cover with a veil the prospect of life to come; for if our sight could clearly distinguish the opposite bank, who would remain on this tempestuous coast? (Madame de Stael)

After the final no there comes a yes / And on that yes the future world hangs. (Wallace Stevens)

- Reasons for Moving: Poems, Atheneum, 1968...
The future is always beginning now. (Mark Strand)

Always make your future bigger than your past. (Dan Sullivan)

It's always the challenge of the future, this feeling of excitement that drives me. (Yoshihisa Tabuchi)

Still round the corner there may wait, a new road or a secret gate. (J. R. R. Tolkien)

-from Dangerous Book For Boys...
You hold your future in your own hands. Never waver in this belief. (Sir Frederick Treves)

Humans are the only animals that try to dwell in the future. You don't have to purely live in the present situation without a plan, but the future plans you make can only be based on the aspects of the future that manifest within the present situation. (Chogyam Trungpa)

The error of the past is the wisdom and success of the future. (Dr. Dale E. Turner)

Without forgiveness, there's no future. (Desmond Tutu)

Your future depends on many things, but mostly on you. (Frank Tyger)

A pioneer is not someone who makes her own soap. She is one who takes up her burdens and walks toward the future. (Laurel Thatcher Ulrich)

The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be. (Paul Valery)

It is said that the present is pregnant with the future. (Voltaire)

Look closely at the present you are constructing: it should look like the future you are dreaming. (Alice Walker)

In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes. (Andy Warhol)

The future is made of the same stuff as the present. (Simone Weil)

- book title...
The Shape of Things to Come. (H. G. Wells)

The future is no more uncertain than the present. (Walt Whitman)

This next Age is about each of us recognizing the Inner Fire of Creativity at the core of our being, and living and creating very different life experiences by being focused enough to make the connections to spirit. (J. Bruce Wilcox)

It is absurd to say that the age of miracles is past. It has not yet begun. (Oscar Wilde)

The future is called 'perhaps,' which is the only possible thing to call the future. And the important thing is not to allow that to scare you. (Tennessee Williams)

- Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back...
Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future. (Yoda)

The future... seems to me no unified dream but a mince pie, long in the baking, never quite done. (Edward Young)

The day is not far off when one ordinary carrot may be pregnant with revolution. (Emile Zola)


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