My future is righteousness.
—Bob Marley (1945–81) Jamaican Musician, Singer, Songwriter
Some new machinery with adequate powers must be created now if our fine phrases and noble sentiments are to have substance and meaning for our children.
—J. William Fulbright (1905–95) American Political leader, Politician
The best way to predict the future is to create it.
—Peter Drucker (1909–2005) Austrian-born Management Consultant, Academic, Writer
I believe the future is only the past again, entered through another gate.
—Arthur Wing Pinero (1855–1934) English Actor, Dramatist, Theater Personality
That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future.
—Anatole France (1844–1924) French Novelist
There is no future in any job. The future lies in the man who holds the job.
—George W. Crane (1901–95) American Psychologist, Physician
In this great future, you can’t forget your past.
—Bob Marley (1945–81) Jamaican Musician, Singer, Songwriter
It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. This, in turn, means that our statesmen, our businessmen, our every man must take on a science fictional way of thinking.
—Isaac Asimov (1919–92) Russian-born American Children’s Books Writer, Short Story Writer, Academic, Novelist, Essayist
The cradle of the future is the grave of the past.
—Franz Grillparzer (1791–1872) Austrian Dramatist, Playwright
You can’t escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.
—Abraham Lincoln (1809–65) American Head of State, Lawyer, Politician
The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to an idealised past.
—Robertson Davies (1913–95) Canada Journalist, Playwright, Academic, Critic, Novelist
There are admirable potentialities in every human being. Believe in your strength and your youth. Learn to repeat endlessly to yourself, ‘It all depends on me’.
—Andre Gide (1869–1951) French Novelist, Essayist
I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on the frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond words. When I was a boy, we were taught to be discrete and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly wise and impatient of restraint.
—Hesiod (b.1493) Greek Poet, Economist
The future looks extremely bright indeed, with lots of possibilities ahead—big possibilities. Like the song says, “We’ve just begun.”
—Bruce Lee (1940–73) Hong-Kong-born American Sportsperson, Actor, Philosopher, Film Director, Screenwriter
It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.
—Yogi Berra (b.1925) American Sportsperson
It has been a thousand times observed, and I must observe it once more, that the hours we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowned with fruition.
—Oliver Goldsmith (1730–74) Irish Author, Playwright, Poet, Physician
The future is an opaque mirror. Anyone who tries to look into it sees nothing but the dim outlines of an old and worried face.
—Jim Bishop (1907–87) American Journalist, Author
I’ve read the last page of the Bible. It’s all going to turn out all right.
—Billy Graham (1918–91) American Baptist Religious Leader
The future is purchased by the present.
—Samuel Johnson (1709–84) British Essayist, Biographer, Poet, Writer, Literary Critic
We know nothing of tomorrow; our business is to be good and happy today.
—Sydney Smith (1771–1845) English Anglican Writer, Critic
Tomorrow is our permanent address.
—E. E. Cummings (1894–1962) American Children’s Books Writer, Poet, Artist
It is extraordinary that whole populations have no projects for the future, none at all. It certainly is extraordinary, but it is certainly true.
—Gertrude Stein (1874–1946) American Writer, Poet
He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.
—Adolf Hitler (1889–1945) Hungarian-born German Political leader, Military Leader
In the future, instead of striving to be right at a high cost, it will be more appropriate to be flexible and plural at a lower cost. If you cannot accurately predict the future then you must flexibly be prepared to deal with various possible futures.
—Edward de Bono (b.1933) Maltese Physician, Author, Inventor, Management Consultant
The child is not to be educated for the present, but for the remote future, and often is opposition to the immediate future.
—Jean Paul (1763–1825) German Novelist, Humorist
My interest is in the future because I’m going to spend the rest of my life there.
—Charles F. Kettering (1876–1958) American Inventor, Entrepreneur, Businessperson
It is the business of the future to be dangerous…. The major advances in civilization are processes that all but wreck the societies in which they occur.
—Alfred North Whitehead (1861–1947) English Mathematician, Philosopher, Logician
Often do the spirits of great events stride on before the events, and in today already walks tomorrow.
—Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772–1834) English Poet, Literary Critic, Philosopher
Our children are our only hope for the future, but we are their only hope for their present and their future.
—Zig Ziglar (b.1926) American Author, Motivational Speaker, Author
People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futures.
—F. Matthias Alexander (1869–1955) Australian Actor, Educationalist
The good days weren’t really so good, and tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems.
—Billy Joel (b.1949) American Singer, Songwriter, Musician
Your future takes precedence over your past. Focus on your future, rather than on the past.
—Gary Ryan Blair
The trouble with the future is that is usually arrives before we’re ready for it.
By the street of by-and-by, one arrives at the house of never.
—Miguel de Cervantes (1547–1616) Spanish Novelist, Poet, Playwright
Whether or not we have hope depends on two dimensions of our explanatory style; pervasiveness and permanence. Finding temporary and specific causes for misfortune is the art of hope: Temporary causes limit helplessness in time, and specific causes limit helplessness to the original situation. On the other hand, permanent causes produce helplessness far into the future, and universal causes spread helplessness through all your endeavors. Finding permanent and universal causes for misfortune is the practice of despair… The optimistic style of explaining good events is the opposite of that used for bad events: It’s internal rather than external. People who believe they cause good things tend to like themselves better than people who believe good things come from other people or circumstances.
—Martin Seligman (b.1942) American Psychologist, Author
Study the past, if you would define the future.
—Confucius (551BCE–479BCE) Chinese Philosopher, Religious Leader
The best preparation for tomorrow
is to do today’s work superbly well.
—William Osler (1849–1919) Canadian Physician, Educator, Historian