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On the Future


The the future is all there is left. The past is done, though it shapes the knife-edge of now to an alarming extent. If you can seek future whilst enjoying the present, great things will present themselves to you.

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‘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

‘Every great work of art has two faces, one towards its own time and one towards future, towards eternity.’

Daniel Barenboim

‘No one will thank you for taking care of the present if you have neglected the future.’

Joel Barker

‘You can and should shape your own future; because if you don’t someone else surely will.’

Joel Barker

‘It’s tough to make predictions, especially about future.’

Yogi Berra

‘Nothing we can do can change the past, but everything we do changes the future.’

Ashleigh Brilliant

‘You can never plan the future by the past.’

Edmund Burke

‘The empires of future will be the empires of the mind.’

Winston Churchill

‘Our history is not our destiny.’

Alan Cohen

‘To deal with future we have to deal with possibilities. Analysis will only tell us what is.’

Edward de Bono

‘Nothing we can do can change the past, but everything we do changes the future.’

Ashleigh Brilliant

‘A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future.’

Albert Einstein

‘I never think of future. It comes soon enough.’

Albert Einstein

‘Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of future to run over him.’

Dwight D. Eisenhower

‘He that fears not future may enjoy the present.’

Thomas Fuller

‘You cannot fight against future. Time is on its side.’

William Gladstone

‘If you do not think about future, you cannot have one.’

John Galsworthy

‘Never make forecasts, especially about future.’

Samuel Goldwyn

‘There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.’

Graham Greene

‘Compulsive perfectionism polishes the past when bold new skills are needed to unlock future.’

Dag Hammarskjöld

‘The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there.’

L. P. Hartley

‘In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.’

Eric Hoffer

‘Seize today and put as little trust as you can in tomorrow.’


‘There is nothing like a dream to create future.’

Victor Hugo

‘I like the dreams of future better than the history of the past.’

Thomas Jefferson

‘Put off until tomorrow only what you are willing to die having left ‘The best way to predict future is to invent it.’

Alan Kay

‘My interest is in future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.’

Charles F. Kettering

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss future.’

John Fitzgerald Kennedy

‘Our imagination is the only limit to what we can hope to have in the future.’

Charles F. Kettering

‘We should all be concerned about future because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there.’

Charles F. Kettering

‘Too many people live too much in the past. The past must be a springboard, not a sofa.’

Harold Macmillan

‘We drive into future using only our rear view mirror.’

Marshall McLuhan

‘Just as our present is the result of our past, so our the future will be the result of our present. Every minute of every day we are weaving threads that will make the cloth of future.’

Anne Spencer Parry

‘Whatever made you successful in the past won’t in future.’

Lew Platt

‘Too many marketers assume that future will hold back and wait until they’re ready for it. It won’t.’

Faith Popcorn

‘The future will be a better tomorrow.’

Dan Quayle

‘While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future.’

Ronald Reagan

‘The future enters into us, in order to transform us, long before it happens.’

Rainer Maria Rilke

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

Eleanor Roosevelt

‘Somewhere, there is something incredible waiting to be known.’

Carl Sagan

‘The future of civilisation depends on our overcoming the meaninglessness and hopelessness that characterizes the thoughts of men today.’

Albert Schweitzer

‘Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.’

George Santayana

‘For I dip’t into the future
Far as the human eye could see,
Saw the vision of the world
And all the wonder that could be.’

Alfred, Lord Tennyson

‘The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine.’

Nikola Tesla

‘The future always arrives too fast—and in the wrong order.’

Alvin Toffler

‘The illiterate of future are not those who can’t read or write but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and re-learn.’

Alvin Toffler

‘Our moral responsibility is not to stop future, but to shape it…to channel our destiny in humane directions and to ease the trauma of transition.’

Alvin Toffler

‘The trouble with our times is that future is not what it used to be.’

Paul Valéry

‘It is the business of future to be dangerous.... The major advances in civilization are processes that all but wreck the societies in which they occur.’

Alfred North Whitehead



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