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Future

  • The future: A consolation for those who have no other.

  • ... the poverty of our imagination is no measure of the world's resources. Our posterity will no doubt get fuel in ways that we are unable to devise for them.

  • The future has become uninhabitable. Such hopelessness can arise, I think, only from an inability to face the present, to live in the present, to live as a responsible being among other beings in this sacred world here and now, which is all we have, and all we need, to found our hope upon.

  • The wave of the future is coming and there is no fighting it.

  • When I look into the future, it's so bright it burns my eyes.

    • Oprah Winfrey,
    • in Tuchy Palmieri, Oprah, In Her Words: Our American Princess ()
  • How hard it is to project oneself into the future. We are always prone to think of the conditions which are with us today as being permanent conditions.

  • The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

  • Tomorrow belongs to those of us who conceive of it as belonging to everyone; who lend the best of ourselves to it, and with joy.

  • Of all human activities, none is so useless and potentially destructive as trying to predict the future. The future is merely a shadow which blocks out the joys of the present and emphasizes the miseries of the past.

  • ... of all the foolish Fears of Humankind, Fear of the Future is by far the most foolish.

  • After all, tomorrow is another day.

  • The future is made of the same stuff as the present.

  • We have no patriotism toward posterity; and the selfish amusement of the present always has, and always will, outweigh the important interests of the future ...

  • ... advance money is really a delusion, that is to say, I get no more until it is paid out in sales, but still, living from hand to mouth and day to day as I do, a nickel in the hand is more useful than the same nickel next year. What do I know about next year? I've never been there. I don't know any one who has.

  • But he had ceased already to value what he had, so immense was his desire for what was yet to come.

  • It is extraordinary that whole populations have no projects for the future, none at all. It certainly is extraordinary, but it is certainly true.

  • We mustn't let next week rob us of this week's joy.

  • The future is a fog that is still hanging out over the sea, a boat that floats home or does not. The trade winds blow me, and I do not know where the land is; the waves fold over each other; they are in love with themselves; sleeping in their own skin; and I float over them and I do not know about tomorrow.

    • Anne Sexton,
    • 1958, in Linda Gray Sexton and Lois Ames, eds., Anne Sexton: A Self-Portrait in Letters ()
  • But my future is a secret. / It is as shy as a mole.

    • Anne Sexton,
    • 1964, in Linda Gray Sexton, ed., Words for Dr. Y.: Uncollected Poems ()
  • Out of the chaos the future emerges in harmony and beauty.

  • We are the heirs of the ages; but the estate is entailed, as large estates frequently are, so that while we inherit the earth, the great round world which is God's footstool, we have only the use of it while we live and must pass it on to those come after us. We hold the property in trust and have no right to injure it or to lessen its value. To do so is dishonest, stealing from our heirs their inheritance.

    • Laura Ingalls Wilder,
    • 1923, in Stephen W. Hines, ed., Little House in the Ozarks: A Laura Ingalls Wilder Sampler, The Rediscovered Writings ()
  • The future was plump with promise.

  • The only way I can endure the future is to ignore it.

  • I never was able to believe in the existence of next year except as in a metaphysical notion.

    • Madame de Staël,
    • in J. Christopher Herold, Mistress to an Age: A Life of Madame de Staël ()
  • The future bears a great resemblance to the past, only more so.

  • You can trust a crystal ball about as far as you can throw it.

  • Somewhere inside we do know everything about ourselves. There is no real forgetting. Perhaps we know somewhere, too, about all there is to come.

  • Whatever with the past is gone, / the best is always yet to come.

    • Lucy Larcom,
    • "Thirty-Five," The Poetical Works of Lucy Larcom ()
  • It is important that we plan for the future, imperative that we accept an outcome unplanned.

  • Our faith in the present dies out long before our faith in the future.

    • Ruth Benedict,
    • 1913, in Margaret Mead, An Anthropologist at Work: Writings of Ruth Benedict ()
  • We grow in time to trust the future for our answers.

    • Ruth Benedict,
    • 1915, in Margaret Mead, An Anthropologist at Work: Writings of Ruth Benedict ()
  • Don't future it to death ...

  • Shallow men speak of the past, wise men of the present, and fools of the future.

  • The fears of what may come to pass, / I cast them all away, / Among the clover scented grass, / Among the new-mown hay.

  • Nobody can live in the past or the future without being something of a nut.

  • Sometimes, I can see the future stretched out in front of me — just as plain as day. The future hanging over there at the edge of my days. Just waiting for me.

  • What does one save for, anyhow? For a few tired hours at the end of life when one sits and counts dollars? Or do we save so that those last years will not be mentally barren or esthetically shabby? I try to save a few things to furnish my mind decently, on the theory that no auctioneer can get in there to sell off all the furniture.

  • The past has been given to us. The future must be built, as others have built our past.

  • When the past dies, we mourn for the dead. When the future dies, we mourn for ourselves.