Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.
~ Niels Bohr
The great problem with the future is that we die there. This is why it is so hard to take the future personally, especially the longer future, because that world is suffused with our absence.
~ Steward Brand, in The Clock of the Long Now: Time and Responsibility, page 150
Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.
~ Albert Camus
I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.
~ Albert Einstein
Whoso neglects learning in his youth, loses the past and is dead for the future.
That Being, who gave me existence, and through almost threescore years has been continually showering his favors upon me, whose very chastisements have been blessings to me ; can I doubt that he loves me? And, if he loves me, can I doubt that he will go on to take care of me, not only here but hereafter? This to some may seem presumption ; to me it appears the best grounded hope ; hope of the future built on experience of the past.
~ Benjamin Franklin, in a letter to George Whitefield 19 June 1764, published in The Works of Benjamin Franklin
Hold fast to the Bible. To the influence of this Book we are indebted for all the progress made in true civilization and to this we must look as our guide in the future.
~ Ulysses S. Grant
In the face of all terror and uncertainty and illusion about the future we gladly point to Jesus and say that he is the future.
~ Theodore W. Jennings, Jr.
The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
– Alan Kay
The main thing history can teach us is that human actions have consequences and that certain choices, once made, cannot be undone. They foreclose the possibility of making other choices and thus they determine future events.
~ Gerda Lerner
Every effect must have its cause. The past is the cause of the present, and the present will be the cause of the future. All these are links in the endless chain stretching from the finite to the infinite.
~ Abraham Lincoln, quoted in Herndon’s Life of Lincoln by William H. Herndon and Jesse W. Weik (New York, Da Capo Press, 1983), p. 354.
Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events ever resemble those of preceding times. This arises from the fact that they are produced by men who ever have been, and ever shall be, animated by the same passions, and thus they necessarily have the same results.
We have staked the whole future of American civilization not upon the power of government. Far from it. We have staked the future on the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, control ourselves, and to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God.
~ James Madison
If you want to predict the future of our land, go to school and look around.
~Richard Mitchell, in The Graves of Academe
The stupid speak of the past, the wise of the present, fools of the future.
~ Napoleon Bonaparte
Man is unable to accurately predict events which are but twenty-four hours distant; only the Divine Mind could have foretold the future, centuries before it came to be. Hence, we affirm with the utmost confidence, that the hundreds of fulfilled prophecies in the Bible attest and demonstrate the truth that the Scriptures are the inspired, infallible, inerrant Word of God.
~ A.W. Pink
To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes, the wise and the good learn wisdom for the future.
We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.
~ George Bernard Shaw
When I pronounce the word Future, the first syllable already belongs to the past.
~ Wislawa Szymborska.
Change is the process by which the future invades our lives.
~ Alvin Toffler
“At some point in his life
there came a shortage
~ Steve Turner, from the poem “Aging” in Tonight We Will Fake Love
Without forgiveness, there’s no future.
~ Desmond Tutu
No one is less ready for tomorrow than the person who holds the most rigid beliefs about what tomorrow will contain.
~ Watts Wacker, Jim Taylor and Howard Means, Visionary’s Handbook : Nine Paradoxes That Will Shape the Future of Your Business
In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes.
~ Andy Warhol
Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.
~ Oscar Wilde
Don’t let the mistakes and disappointments of the past control and direct your future.
~ Zig Ziglar
The future just isn’t what it used to be.
A mother’s happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.
~ Honore de Balzac