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We already have the statistics for the future: the growth percentages of pollution, overpopulation, desertification. The future is already in place. Gunter Grass
A revolution is a struggle to the death between the future and the past. Fidel Castro
The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Alan Kay
Isn't it amazing the way the future succeeds in creating an appropriate past? John Leonard
The theist and the scientist are rival interpreters of nature, the one retreats as the other advances. Joseph McCabe
Neither a wise man nor a brave man lies down on the tracks of history to wait for the train of the future to run over him. Dwight D. Eisenhower
A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children. John James Audubon
We should regret our mistakes and learn from them, but never carry them forward into the future with us. Lucy Maud Montgomery
The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Eleanor Roosevelt
Every step and every movement of the multitude, even in what are termed enlightened ages, are made with equal blindness to the future; and nations stumble upon establishments, which are indeed the result of human action, but not the execution of any human design. Adam Ferguson
In foreign policy you have to wait twenty-five years to see how it comes out. James Reston
When we are planning for posterity, we ought to remember that virtue is not hereditary. Thomas Paine
America's future will be determined by the home and the school. The child becomes largely what he is taught; hence we must watch what we teach, and how we live. Jane Addams
You can never plan the future by the past. Edmund Burke
A speculator is a man who observes the future, and acts before it occurs. Bernard Baruch
Constitutions should consist only of general provisions; the reason is that they must necessarily be permanent, and that they cannot calculate for the possible change of things. Alexander Hamilton
Upon the education of the people of this country the fate of this country depends. Benjamin Disraeli
The best of seers is he who guesses well. Euripides
God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road. Isak Dinesen
Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. Buddha
I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. Thomas Jefferson
To believe in something not yet proved and to underwrite it with our lives: it is the only way we can leave the future open. Lillian Smith
The future ain't what it used to be. Yogi Berra
Unless the great majority of Americans not only have, but believe they have, a fair chance, the better American future will be dangerously compromised. Herbert Croly
One faces the future with one's past. Pearl S. Buck
Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible. Maya Angelou
What is history? An echo of the past in the future; a reflex from the future on the past. Victor Hugo
I always avoid prophesying beforehand, because it is a much better policy to prophesy after the event has already taken place. Winston Churchill
The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge; for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future. Marya Mannes
We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future. Frederick Douglass
I know of no way of judging the future but by the past. Patrick Henry
For Athens alone of her contemporaries is found when tested to be greater than her reputation, and alone gives no occasion to her assailants to blush at the antagonist by whom they have been worsted, or to her subjects to question her title by merit to rule. Rather, the admiration of the present and succeeding ages will be ours. Pericles
Banish afar the foul worship of idols. On their alters let the blood of animals smoke no more, nor the soothsayer look for omens in warm entrails, nor the meaningless augur attend to the song of birds. Let all the images of the gods be smashed to the ground. Flaccus of York (Alcuin of York)
So often do the spirits Of great events stride on before the events And in today already walks tomorrow Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Sometimes history speeds up.. E. J. Dionne Jr.
This is the greatest country in the world for people who want to work, but we have to make sure that this is always true.. Arthur C. Brooks
Americans love America, but there was a time after World War II when Americans were in love with America. We were in love with the promises of America. Norman Lear
We stand on the watershed dividing the past from the future. Let us bury the past in so far as it is dead and forget all bitterness and recrimination. Let there be moderation in speech and writing.... There has been violence—shameful, degrading and revolting violence—in various parts of the country. This must end. We are determined to end it. We must make it clear that political ends ae not to be achieved by methods of violence now or in the future. Louis Mountbatten
People who start wars never know exactly how they will turn out. Jonathan Alter
You don't want to institutionalize the excesses required to meet extraordinary threats. The law just can't anticipate all the contingencies. Tom Charles Huston
Demographic transformations are dramas in slow motion. Paul Taylor
Can you persuade people to take your side when you are not sure in the end whether you'll be there to take theirs? Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell
This small but seminal meeting in many ways epitomized the brazen yet banal nature of organized antiabortion extremism–a rah-rah atmosphere, like some perverse parody of a pep rally, in which threats of future violence were cloaked as free speech, and past criminal acts were celebrated as valid tools for intimidating fellow citizens. A fringe culture was coalescing. Frederick Clarkson
If nothing happens, if we just keep doing what we're doing, tomorrow is not certain. We will see families killing each other. We will see chaos in the country. The day after tomorrow will disappear.... The next civil war in Burundi will absolutely be over land. Andre Florian
We can't ignore the fact that this country has a legacy of racism....We cannot be a leader in the 21st century if a significant portion of our population feels locked out of the future. Marco Rubio
Today's truth is tomorrow's null hypothesis-and next years's error. Nathaniel Comfort
Change happened and you thought it was forever, and immediately there were all the enemies of that change making common cause and meeting in the cloakrooms. C. J. Cherryh
We will never have 100 percent certainty except in hindsight. Tom Steyer
Foreign policy is consumed with momentary crises —– often created by failing states and violent groups. But in the long run, he future is shaped by winners, not noisy losers. Fareed Zakaria
From the point of view of evolution, trying to consciously shape the the how your children will turn out is both futile and self-defeating. Alison Gopnik
History is merely a list of surprises. ... It can only prepare us to be surprised yet again Kurt Vonnegut
We must not be the generation responsible for irreversibly damaging the environment. We must hand it over to our children in as near pristine condition as we were lent it from our parents. Richard Branson
We cannot assume that past successes will insure future successes. Dottie Lamm
We owe it to our ancestors to preserve entire those rights, which they have delivered to our care: we owe it to our posterity, not to suffer their dearest inheritance to be destroyed. Junius; Philip Francis
Teachers, you are the shapers of thought and the molders of sentiment, not of this age and of this generation alone, but of ages and generations to come. George Eliot
Today the Turkish nation is called on to defend its capacity for civilization, its right to life and independence – its entire future. Kemal Ataturk
The future is in the sky. Kemal Ataturk
Nothing is more certainly written in the book of fate than that these people are to be free. Nor is it less certain that the two races, equally free, cannot live in the same government. Nature, habit, opinion has drawn indelible lines of distinction between them. Thomas Jefferson
Kids may only be 25 percent of our population but they are 100 percent of our future. Norm Goldstein
Embryonic stem cell research is a key that will unlock the future. Gordon Smith
The fate of our country, and hence of the world, depends on the degree to which the American people achieve liberal education. It is a process…of placing in the hands of the American people the means of continuing and revitalizing Western civilization, for the sake of the West and for the sake of all mankind. Robert M. Hutchins
I am slow to listen to criminations among friends, and never espouse their quarrels on either side…allow by—gones to be by—gones, and look to the present & future only. Abraham Lincoln
It was a day of liberation-not only for black South Africans but also for us white South Africans. Suddenly, the burden of three hundred and fifty years had been lifted from our shoulders. For the first time we could greet all our countrymen without guilt or fear as equals and as fellow South Africans. When I awoke that morning I was still the president of South Africa. When I went to bed the mantle had passed from me to Nelson Mandela. Few heads of government could ever have laid aside their high office with a greater sense of accomplishment, regardless of the uncertainties of the future. F. W. de Klerk
Predicting the future is very difficult. As a historian I have trouble trying to predict the past. Michael Oren
Every age hath its own problem, and every soul its particular aspiration. The remedy the world needeth in its present-day afflictions can never be the same as that which a subsequent age may require. Be anxiously concerned with the needs of the age ye live in, and centre your deliberations on its exigencies and requirements. Baha u'llah
Men are not yet ready to shape their own destinies, to control and direct world events, of which -- instead -- they become the victims. Maria Montessori
Think today and speak tomorrow Vietnamese Proberb
All the higher, more penetrating ideals are revolutionary. They present themselves far less in the guise of effects of past experience than in that of probable causes of future experience. William James
During the times of peace and prosperity a leader becomes careless and unmindful of the future Ali ibn Abi Talib
The most important discoveries will provide answers to questions that we do not yet know how to ask and will concern objects we have not yet imagined. John N. Bahcall
Man will not merely endure; he will prevail... William Faulkner
Your future should be determined by your dreams, not weighed down with debt. Nancy Pelosi
God's most precious commodity—hope .... When a child has no hope a nation has no future. Zell Miller
The long run may be too long. R. W. Apple, Jr.
The new era which is dawning in our country, beneath the great southern stars, will lift us out of the silent grief of our past and into a future in which there will be opportunity and space for joy and beauty-for real and lasting peace. N. P. van Wyk Louw
As chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisers during the 1990s, I had to make projections about where the economy was going to be one, two, or three years ahead; frankly, I often found myself facing a cloudy crystal ball. Forecasting a few years out is hard enough; forecasting seventy-five years out is essentially impossible. Slight changes in life expectancy, immigration, wage growth, and interest rates could have large effects on the solvency of the (Social Security System.) Joseph Stiglitz
History is only a feeble light, for the rubrics were meant to answer future problems unimagined and unimaginable Learned Hand
The Constitution was made for an undefined and expanding future . . . . . . is not a fixed formula defined with finality at a particular time. It does not reflect, as a congealed summary, the social arrangements and beliefs of a particular epoch . . . The effect of changes in men’s feelings for what is right and just is equally relevant in determining whether a discrimination denies the equal protection of the laws. Felix Frankfurter
The erosion of our confidence in the future is threatening to destroy the social and the political fabric of America. Jimmy Carter
Every nation has a vision it lives for and is prepared to make all sacrifices. One may call it National purpose, … It is something which does not change. If it changes, a nation dies. It is supreme and therefore the nation acts and reacts with the limits laid down by it. It is the vision which allows a nation to build its future. Mirza Aslam Beg
Since 1948 Arab leaders have approached the Palestine problem in an irresponsible manner. They have not looked into the future. They have no plan or approach. They have used the Palestine people for selfish political purposes. This is ridiculous and, I could say, criminal. Hussein ibn Talal
The problem of power will always arise and, since it cannot be solved...will always make trouble. We cannot expect the large-scale societies of the future to be much better than were the societies of the past during the brief periods when they were at their best Aldous Huxley
The President of today is the postage stamp of tomorrow. Gracie Allen
The politicians are preparing a worse world for our children than the one they were born into… E. D. Morel
The Space Program is an investment of the nation’s future…. Humans will not be confined to this planet forever. Michael Griffin
Neither man nor nation can prosper unless, in dealing with the present, thought is steadily taken for the future. Theodore Roosevelt
We are living in a Golden Age, the most gilded Golden Age of human history—not only of past history, but of future history. Aldous Huxley
The nation behaves well if it treats the natural resources as assets which it must turn over to the next generation increased, and not impaired, in value. Theodore Roosevelt
The rearview mirror is always clearer than the windshield. Warren Buffett
Our country, crowned with the vast and marvelous achievements of its first century, asks for a man worthy of the past and prophetic of her future; asks for a man who has the audacity of genius; asks for a man who is the grandest combination of heart, conscience and brain beneath her flag. Such a man is James G. Blaine. Robert G. Ingersoll
Your treaty does not mean peace --- far, very far, from it. If we are to judge the future by the past, it means war. Is there any guarantee of peace other than the guarantee, which comes of the control of the war-making power by the people? Yet what great rule of democracy does the treaty leave unassailed? The people in whose keeping alone you can safely lodge the power of peace or war nowhere, at no time and in no place, have any voice in this scheme for world peace. Autocracy which has bathed the world in blood for centuries reigns supreme. Democracy is ever excluded. This, you say, means peace. William E. Borah
My work is not a piece of writing designed to meet the taste of an immediate public, but was done to last for ever. Thucydides
He that will not look forward must look behind. Irish Proverb
Wind and fortune are not lasting. Portuguese Proverb
Those above are going down, those below are going up. Hawaiian Proverb
We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. Franklin D. Roosevelt
We cannot afford to neglect some recognition of our past, even though we gaze into the future. Enid Muriel Lyons
We must all live so that our children do not have to pay for our deeds. Andrejs Upits
So moderates of the world unite! We have nothing to lose but our pessimism. Either we make the future bury the past, or the bad guys will ensure that the past buries the future. Thomas Friedman
Old men are dangerous; it doesn't matter to them what is going to happen to the world. George Bernard Shaw
The top of a pinnacle now, firewood soon Burmese Proverb
Our education system is not meeting the needs of today’s workforce much less tomorrow’s. Chris Gregoire
It is not enough to look backwards with pride, justified as that pride may be. We must look forward with hope and confidence, too. Margaret Sanger
The standards of the past are not the standards of the future. Charles Swift
I have never seen the author of a reform bill who was able to predict accurately what would really happen when the bill was passed. Tom Cole
Ere we can forecast the future we must understand the present and bring a just sense of proportion to our review of the history of the past. James Connolly
One who does not look ahead remains behind. Brazilian Proverb
If something is unsustainable and “cannot go on forever”, it tends to stop. Herbert Stein
We can neither ignore the history of the past nor create the future. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
You think that life is fire, that progress is eruption, that wherever you shoot you hit the future. No. Ruben Dario
The past is the present and the future too. History News Network
The past is the present, isn't it? It's the future, too. We all try to lie out of that but life won't let us Eugene O'Neill
The past has prepared all the materials and means of superabundance to well-feed, clothe, lodge, train, educate, employ, amuse, and govern the human race in perpetual progressive prosperity- without war, conflict, or competition between nations or individuals. Robert Owen
It has been a habit of presidents to try to write their own history, to establish themselves as a legitimate embodiment of America's past and shaper of America's future. Michael Barone
Strong communities shape their own futures. Thomas Vilsack
If you could not accept the past and its burden there was no future, for without one there cannot be the other. Robert Penn Warren
Present and future conditions will determine the American public’s attitude on this war. Jeff Greenfield
What happens today can affect what happens tomorrow, but it cannot affect what happened yesterday. Condoleeza Rice
The problem with predictions is that so much of the future depends on external factors. Ghassan Khatib
There’s a big difference between history and the future. Douglas Holtz-Eakin
Tectonic shifts in American politics take time—often a long time. Todd S. Purdum
A long time ago in the future ... Anonymous
Bring Back The Future Anonymous
North to the Future Anonymous
Only lie about the future. Anonymous
End the past. Open up the future. Anonymous
Stop pollution or the future will be a thing of the past. Anonymous
Today's research is tomorrow's future. Anonymous
We must ask people to forget about the past and to live for the future. Mahmoud Abbas
The future comes one day at a time. Dean Acheson
[Addressing Thomas Jefferson:] Your taste is judicious in liking better the dreams of the future than the history of the past. John Adams
Japan’s future in the international community depends on how well we can raise powerful and vivid young people. Akito Arima
The future begins today. Richard L. Armitage
[Explaining a failed policy:] Our crystal ball was very muddy. Richard L. Armitage
But each day brings its petty dust Our soon-chok'd souls to fill, And we forget because we must, And not because we will. Matthew Arnold
Wait and see. Herbert Henry Asquith
These are our children. We will all profit by and pay for whatever they become. James Baldwin
I'm not a prophet. I'm the leader of Israel. Ehud Barak
In politics the future is never a straight line projection of the present. Fred Barnes
It is our character that supports the promise of our future—far more than particular government programs or policies. William Bennett
A liberal is a man or woman or child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night and a bright, infinite, future. Leonard Bernstein
Everything changes. Otto Von Bismarck-Schoenhausen
The future of Canada, I believe, depends very largely upon the cultivation of a national spirit Edward Blake
The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned; in enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not abandon it to his enemy. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
The healthy child has to have something to look forward to. Gregg Bourland
The economic future of white America is going to be dependant on non-white America. William W. Bradley
If we don't have a future, then we haven't got a present. Robert Brown
The future belongs to Conservatives. They are younger, they are more energetic, they dominate the party caucuses, they dominate the nominating process. They are committed to ideas, not simply personal aggrandizement or title. Pat Buchanan
For the new century, back to the moon, back to the future and this time back to stay. And then a journey into tomorrow, a journey to another planet, a manned mission to Mars. George W. Bush
A week is a long time in politics. A month is an eternity. Kim Campbell
What is past cannot be rewritten, but it is within our power to rewrite the future. Catherine II
They who lose today may win tomorrow. Miguel de Cervantes
The majority opinions [of the Supreme Court] determined the cases but these dissenting opinions will determine the minds of the future. Zechariah Chaffee Jr.
In politics there is no use looking beyond the next fortnight. Joseph Chamberlain
Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Unless you believe that the future can be better, it’s unlikely you will step up and take responsibility for making it so. If you assume that there’s no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. Noam Chomsky
The empires of the future are empires of the mind. Winston Churchill
If we open a quarrel between the present and the past, we shall be in danger of losing our future. Winston Churchill
If you make a promise, the thing is still uncertain and depends on a future day .. but if you refuse, you alienate people to a certainty and immediately. Quintus Tullius Cicero
Anyone who takes the first step without planning the last step should not be allowed in the counsels of war. Carl von Clausewitz
In a scheme of policy which is devised for a nation, we should not limit our views to the operation during a single year, or even a short term of years. We should look at its operation for a considerable time. Henry Clay
The promise of our future is limitless. Bill Clinton
Most of the people we're depending on for our economic future will not graduate from college. It is time we empowered them instead of ignoring them. Bill Clinton
I think that people are so insecure in their jobs, they're so uncertain that the people they work for really care about them, they're so uncertain about what their kids are looking at in the future, that people are reluctant to take any risks for change. Bill Clinton
When our memories outweigh our dreams we become old. And America is forever young. Bill Clinton
Study the past, if you would divine the future. Confucius; Kung Fu-tse
Still you can’t worry too much about the future. Life is not a rehearsal. Billy Connolly
History is totally unpredictable. Robert Conquest
The future lies ahead. Thomas E. Dewey
Something will turn up. Benjamin Disraeli
The policy of the United States does not flow from transitory considerations. John Foster Dulles
More goods and fewer people" is the slogan I should like to see carried at the head of humanity's march into the future. Max Eastman
People who wouldn’t think of raising taxes think there’s nothing wrong with mortgaging the future of their state Alan Ehrenhalt
Other nations boast of what they are or have been, but the true citizen of the United States exalts his head to the skies in the contemplation of what the grandeur of his country is going to be. English Magazine
You don’t know today which country is going to matter in three years Newt Gingrich
You cannot fight against the future. Time is on our side. [It was.] William E. Gladstone
We turn to experts to tell us the future, even though they have not the foggiest idea themselves. It is a practice that goes back thousands of years. James K. Glassman
Taking risk is good, and America is a country based on boldness and looking to the future. Daniel Goldin
Today, not a numerous, but an active part of the German people are beginning to realize, not that they have been led astray, not that bad times await them, not that the war may end in defeat, but that what is happening is sin and that they are personally responsible for each terrible deed that has been committed - naturally, not in the earthly sense, but as Christians. Helmuth James von Moltke
To get organized labor to realize that we are entering the 21st century is a very difficult job. William Goodling
A nation has to look ahead. Al Gore
Political candidates are always looking to capture the future. Jeff Greenfield
Divining the future is a lot easier and cheaper than documenting the present. Max Frankel
We want perfection without practice. Yet everyone is harmed if no one is trained for the future. Atul Gawande
You can't play politics with the future of America. Richard A. Gephardt
Speak to the generations of the future. Floyd Flake
We are products of the past and its useful to remember that as we move into the future. Oscar Hijuelos
Arms control has to have a future, or none of us does. Stanley Hoffmann
A dissent in a court of last resort is an appeal to the brooding spirit of the law, to the intelligence of a future day when a later decision may possibly correct the error … Charles Evans Hughes
We have no right through narrow mindedness to dictate the future of our children. Hussein ibn Talal
I hold that man in the right who is most closely in league with the future. Henrik Ibsen
In all your acts, self interest shall be cast away. Look and listen for the welfare of the whole people, and have always in view not only the present, but of the coming generations. Iroquois Nation
I believe in the dreams of the future more than the history of the past. Thomas Jefferson
The earth belongs in usufruct to the living. Thomas Jefferson
[Barry] Goldwater wants to repeal the present and veto the future. Lyndon B. Johnson
The now, the here, through which all future plunges into the past. James Joyce
There will be plenty of fighting in the coming years and in a magnitude far beyond this. Prepare yourself. Arthur MacArthur
America Was Promises Archibald MacLeish
We will have no political future if we are not arrested. John Eoin MacNeill
We have to go into the past to go further and further into the future. Marcel Marceau
Predictions are so often, so wrong ... The future is just too complicated. Derick McGinty
As I look down the path to the future I see before me the footprint of the hand of fate. John McSheehy
Nothing ever happens till it happens. Mexican Proverb
I acknowledge the traditional owners of this land whose rights extend from the distant past unbroken to this day and into the future, and I renew my commitment to act in support of Aboriginal land rights. Hannah Middleton
To see the futurity of the species has always been the privilege of the intellectual elite, or of those who have learnt from them John Stuart Mill
In former times humans had fear of the future. Today the future must have fear of humans. Werner Mitsch
[Commenting on Japan:] Our destinies have become inseparable .... Our future together will have much to do with the future of the world. Walter F. Mondale
The future of a Nation will be shaped by its ability to produce planes, cars, electronics ... not by how slick its financial markets can shuffle paper assets around. Akio Morita
If you don’t have thirty years for a problem, don’t get involved in social policy. Daniel P. Moynihan
The future of Labor is the future of America. John L. Lewis
The pollsters are engaged in an ancient and primitive rite—trying to predict the future. Patricia Nelson Limerick
… the silent artillery of time Abraham Lincoln
Let us not be petty when our cause is so great. Let us not quarrel amongst ourselves when our nation's future is at stake. John F. Kennedy
The new frontier is here whether we seek it or not. John F. Kennedy
We cannot always assure the future of our friends Henry A. Kissinger
The destiny of Russia is unsettled. Charles Krauthammer
lock the sepulchre of El Cid Anonymous
If one does not forget one's previous experience, one can learn for the future from the past. Chinese Proverb
It’s very hard to predict the weather. Predicting human affairs is very difficult. Noam Chomsky
The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact a return to the idealized past. Robertson Davies
The battle for humankind's future must be waged and won in the public school classroom by teachers that correctly perceive their role as proselytizers of a new faith which will replace the rotting corpse of Christianity John J. Dunphy
One today, is worth two tomorrow. English Proverb or Saying
Tomorrow the war will start, There will be widows. There will be orphans. Who knows what tomorrow will bring. Levi Eshkol
Spain is a bottle of beer and I am the cork. When that comes out, all the liquid inside will escape, God knows in what direction. Fernando VII; Ferdinand VII
I don’t like trying to predict the future. I am a historian. I have enough trouble predicting the past. Bernard Lewis
Only the Russian Revolution really opened a window to the future; the fall of Czarism brought a glimpse of it, and with the collapse of capitalism it appeared in full view. Georg Lukacs
Put out of your mind what is past and do not fret and worry about what has not yet come to pass. Adarbad Mahraspandan
The social revolution of the nineteenth century can not draw its poetry from the past, it can draw that only from the future. It cannot start upon its work before it has stricken off all superstition concerning the past Karl Marx
The social revolution of the nineteenth century can not draw its poetry from the past, it can draw that only from the future. Karl Marx
I only remember the future. George Soros
Each generation confronts new problems, encounters new facts, and tells our history somewhat differently. Joseph Nye
In the final analysis we all inhabit the same planet, we all breath the same air, we all cherish our children’s future, and we are all mortal. John F. Kennedy
Political activity means working for the future; the more we look into the future the more far-sighted will our policy be - so much the more clear and decided. The less far we try to see into the future, the more we content ourselves with the daily routine (Alltäglichkeit), the more weak and uncertain will be our policy of to-day. Every politician of note must, therefore endeavor out of the present to conclude what the future will be, and, if he wants to win the masses to his politics then he must attempt to make his expectations of the future plausible Karl Kautsky
All the world is heavy with the promise of greater things, and the day will come … when beings, beings who are now latent in our thoughts and hidden in our loins shall stand upon this earth … and shall laugh and reach out their hands amid the stars. H. G. Wells
A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past; he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future. Sydney J. Harris
Creativity and innovation always builds on the past. The past always tries to control the creativity that builds upon it. Free societies enable the future by limiting this power of the past. Ours is less and less a free society. Lawrence Lessig
One day our grandchildren will go to museums to see what poverty was like. Muhammad Yunus
Any prediction of the future is certainly a lie in order to sell a position. Michael Crichton
Often do the spirits Of great events stride on before the event. And in today already walks tomorrow. Johann Friedrich von Schiller
Of all our institutions public education is the most important. Everything depends on it, the present and the future. Napoleon Bonaparte
Those who control the access to the minds of children will set the agenda for the future of the nation and the future of the western world. James Dobson
The Past is to be respected and acknowledged, but not to be worshipped. It is our future in which we will find our greatness. Pierre Trudeau
The Past, The Present, For the Future Hezekiah Niles
Probably the biggest thing about the shaping of our future is that it won’t be shaped in the United States. Esther Dyson
Too much we have lived in our history. We must live in the future. Hamid Karzai
A Westerner is someone who is aware of tomorrow, of it being definitely different from yesterday and accepts not knowing what the future will bring Etyen Mahcupyan
Justice and fairness and history are not necessarily decisive in what happens. Stephen Earlanger
We're so used to thinking in the short term, and the minute you speak in more long-term language then you tend to get dismissed as utopian and so on. We have a real problem here in making long-term thinking respectable Elise Boulding
We lay a mortgage on every unborn child for a hundred and more years to come. Mortgage his brain, his brawn, and every pulse of his heart in order to pay the debt, to buy the material to slaughter the men of our country. And that is not all, the greatest crime of war is the crime against the unborn. Read what they are doing. They are calling out every man, every young man, and every virile man from seventeen to forty-five or fifty years old; they are calling them out. All the splendid scientific force and energy of the splendid virile manhood are being called out to be food for the cannon, and they are leaving behind the degenerate, defective imbecile, the unfit, the criminals, the diseased to be the fathers of children yet to be born. Anna Howard Shaw
...They [Indians] should be made familiar with the lives of great and good men and women in American history, and be taught to feel a pride in all their great achievements. They should hear little or nothing of the 'wrongs of the Indians,' and of the injustice of the white race. If their unhappy race is alluded to, it should be to contrast it with the better future that is within their grasp. Thomas J. Morgan
Prediction of whether or not the capitalist order will survive is, in part, a matter of terminology. Joseph A. Schumpeter
We must act today in order to preserve tomorrow. Ronald Reagan
The essence of freedom is that each of us shares in the shaping of his own destiny. Richard Nixon
We do not retreat. We are not content to stand still. As Americans, we go forward Franklin D. Roosevelt
The hopes of the Republic cannot forever tolerate either undeserved poverty or self-serving wealth. Franklin D. Roosevelt
We are responsible for the history of the future. Ehud Barak
It is hopeless for the occasional visitor to try to keep up with Chicago--she outgrows her prophecies faster than she can make them. She is always a novelty; for she is never the Chicago you saw when you passed through the last time. Mark Twain
One generation plants the trees. Another gets the shade. Chinese Proverb
Nothing is harder in politics than to do something now that costs money and will not benefit us until several years from now. Barack Obama
Never look past the next election, because if you do, you may not get past the next election. Bill Clinton
The major problem for us in the 21st century is to be comfortable with ambiguity. Peter G. Peterson
The key to my motivation has always been to look at how far I had still to go rather than how far I had come. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
If we are to move into the future, we must eradicate the past. Li Si
The present Congress have as complete authority to require of the States indefinite supplies of money for the common defense and general welfare, as the future Congress will have to require them of individual citizens; and the latter will be no more bound than the States themselves have been, to pay the quotas respectively taxed on them. James Madison
The generation which commences a revolution can rarely complete it Thomas Jefferson
As to what concerns the tacit consent or customs of nations, on which some doctors (lawyers) establish a law of nations, they cannot of themselves produce a real obligation. For from this only, that several nations have behaved towards each other for some time after a certain manner, it does not follow, that they have laid themselves under a necessity of acting constantly so for the future, and much less, that every other nation is obliged to conform to this custom. Jean-Jacques Burlamaqui
In the age when the atom has been split, the moon encircled, diseases conquered, is disarmament so difficult a matter that it must remain a distant dream? To answer, yes, is to despair for the future of mankind. Philip Noel-Baker
We all have to sacrifice to reduce the debt, but we can’t sacrifice our future. Barack Obama
The long run is a misleading guide to current affairs. In the long run we are all dead. John Maynard Keynes
The importance of money essentially flows from its being a link between the present and the future. John Maynard Keynes
It would be foolish, in forming our expectations, to attach great weight to matters which are very uncertain. John Maynard Keynes
No choice we can make as a nation lies between our history and our geography. We can hardly change either of them. They are immutable. The only choice we can make as a nation is the choice about our future. Paul Keating
Solving new problems is what keeps us moving forward as individuals and as a society. Garry Kasparov
It’s quite difficult to find the time for strategic thought. Tony Blair
Modern science, when devoted whole-heartedly to the general welfare, has in it potentialities of which we do not yet dream. Henry A. Wallace
Uncertainty is the enemy of prosperity. Mike Pense
What happened yesterday affects today; what happens today will affect tomorrow/ Madeleine Albright
One problem with Washington is that we are all historians and not futurists. Andrew L. Stern
The eyes of all America are upon us; as we play our part … posterity will bless or curse us. Henry Knox
Neo-conservatives are unlike old conservatives because they are utilitarians, not moralists, and because their aim is the prosperity of post-industrial society, not the recovery of a golden age. Irving Kristol
We short history; the Chinese long history. Zbigniew Brzezinski
Philosophy triumphs easily over past and future evils; but present evils triumph over philosophy. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
You cannot rely upon what you have been taught. All you have learned from history is old ways of making mistakes. There is nothing that history can tell you about what we must do tomorrow. Only what we must not do. Edwin Land
There is something wrong with the way in which we make our decisions. The Government listen too much to the pollsters and the party managers. The trouble is that they are not even very good at politics, and they are entering too much into policy decisions. As a result, there is too much short-termism, too much reacting to events, and not enough shaping of events. We give the impression of being in office but not in power. Far too many important decisions are made for 36 hours' publicity. Norman Stewart Hughson Lamont; Baron Lamont of Lerwick
History is written not only for posterity but by posterity as well. Stacy Schiff
Gratitude looks to the past and love to the present. Fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead. C. S. Lewis
If you understand this refrain, you're gonna' understand everything I want to say to you today. It has four parts: Creativity and innovation always builds on the past. The past always tries to control the creativity that builds upon it ., Free societies enable the future by limiting this power of the past ., Ours is less and less a free society. Lawrence Lessig
The toe you step on today may be connected to the foot that kicks your ass tomorrow. Buddy Cianci
We must do our best to shape the future. But we must not wish away the dangers of the present. Benjamin Netanyahu
We can either have a hard decade or a bad century. Thomas Friedman
We are not able to sacrifice our short term interests for the sake of the long term. Michael Lewis
A leader not only has to be in the center but also be in the future. Gary Hart
The one with the primary responsibility to the individual's future is that individual. Dorcas Hardy
It is impossible to foresee or define the extent and variety of national exigencies, or the correspondent extent and variety of the means which may be necessary to satisfy them. Alexander Hamilton
Architecture is a political art connecting our values to the ages. Daniel P. Moynihan
None of us posses a crystal ball. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Various checks are opposed to every legislative proposition. Factions get possession of the public councils, bribery corrupts them, personal interests lead them astray from the general interests of their constituents; and other impediments arise, so as to prove to every practical man, that a law of limited duration is much more manageable than one which needs a repeal Thomas Jefferson
Can one generation bind another and all others in succession forever? I think not. The Creator has made the earth for the living, not the dead Thomas Jefferson
Our children will be as wise as we are and will establish in the fullness of time those things not yet ripe for establishment Thomas Jefferson
The present generation has the same right of self-government which the past one has exercised for itself. Thomas Jefferson
Moral disarmament is to safeguard the future; material disarmament is to save for the present, that there may be a future to safeguard. Elihu Root
The circumstances of the world are continually changing, and the opinions of man change also; and as government is for the living, and not for the dead, it is the living only that has any right in it. Thomas Paine
There was a touch of anxiety in the whole human race about its future. William Saroyan
Society is a partnership not only by those who are living, but between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born. Edmund Burke
The carbon lobby knew perfectly well that global warming posed real dangers, but it chose to deny those dangers and disparage anyone who sought to bring them to public attention. The lobby put its immediate economic interests ahead of humanity’s future well-being. Mark Hertsgaard
Climate change had arrived a century sooner than expected, and future generations were no longer the only victims. Mark Hertsgaard
The coal industry held the title deed to the future and devoured the land, people, and culture with a Satanic appetite. Harry M. Caudill
There is a noble future for Islam as a personal faith, not a political doctrine St. Petersburg Declaration
Defending yesterday … is far more risky than making tomorrow. Peter Drucker
Universities won't survive. The future is outside the traditional campus, outside the traditional classroom. Distance learning is coming on fast Peter Drucker
We think that computer models represent reality especially if we developed the models. Michael Crichton
People will only follow you if they see you're ahead, are convinced you know the route, trust you, and want to get there too. Patrick Dixon
Take hold of your future or the future will take hold of you Patrick Dixon
Events have moved on, yet some people still keep talking about the past. Pashtun Proverb
… a long time ago, in the future … Anonymous
A captain of greater Germany will seduce people through his speeches … the leader of the crooked cross. Michel Nostradamus
The West shall be free from the British Isles. Michel Nostradamus
Forecasting Robert FitzRoy
An emperor will be born near Italy who will do his country much harm … He will rise from a soldier to the throne. Michel Nostradamus
When you are in the future, the past looks different. Richard Mottram
When we are dealing with words that also are a constituent act, like the Constitution . . . we must realize that they have called into life a being the development of which could not have been foreseen completely by the most gifted of its begetters. It was enough for them to realize or to hope that they had created an organism; it has taken a century and cost their successors much sweat and blood to prove that they created a nation. The case before us must be considered in the light of our whole experience and not merely in what was said a hundred years ago. Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr.
Everything new appears from the elements of the Past, because “ex nihilo nihil fit.” The prolific development of culture requires that the inventory of values be kept in the memory of tradition and passed to future generations Nikolay Trubetskoy
We cannot undo the past but we can learn from it, and we cannot predict the future but we can shape and build it. Epeli Ganilau
It is essential to release humanity from the false fixations of yesterday, which seem now to bind it to a rationale of action leading only to extinction. R. Buckminster Fuller
Innovation is the key to the future, but basic research is the key to future innovation. Jerome Isaac Friedman
The future is in our hands! Friends of the Environment
If a treaty serves its turn for ten or twenty years, the wisdom of its framers is sufficiently confirmed. Herbert Albert Laurens Fisher
Don't let it happen when the time comes, that you will be blamed by the next generation because you did nothing. Don't allow yourself to just stay at the side, clap your hands, smile, and wave your as we create history. i hope you can join in creating history. Francis Escudero
Every thinker puts some portion of an apparently stable world in peril and no one can wholly predict what will emerge in its place. John Dewey
For my part, I do not believe that the country is in danger. I think England is safe in the race of men who inhabit her; that she is safe in something much more precious than her accumulated capital — her accumulated experience; she is safe in her national character, in her fame, in the traditions of a thousand years, and in that glorious future which I believe awaits her. Benjamin Disraeli
The health of a nation is not just about its consumption expenditures …. one of the things that makes America such a great nation, and why so many people aspire to this American ideal of middle-class security, is that it's about more than that. It's about more than how much you can purchase with the dollar. It's about this feeling of security and about being able to give your kids a better life than you had. And that is really the foundation—one of the major founding principles of our country Tamara Draut
How are we going to make the people of the United States realize that if they want peace in the future they must make the sacrifices that are required to bring about economic improvement in a great many countries? Eleanor Roosevelt
Nothing is so fatal to the progress of the human mind as to suppose that our views of science are ultimate; that there are no mysteries in nature; that our triumphs are complete, and that there are no new worlds to conquer. Humphry Davy
People will not look forward to posterity who are not anxious to look backward to their ancestry Edmund Burke
I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know of no way of judging of the future but by the past Patrick Henry
If our children do not see a future, the will not pay the price required in the present. George Fraser
… we have one life on this planet. We have one chance to live it and to contribute to the future of society and the future of life. The only "afterlife" is what other people remember of you. Craig Venter
Our life is a hope which is continually converting itself into memory and memory in its turn begets hope. Miguel de Unamuno
Education is a slow process, and may not come too quickly. Anarchists who endeavor to hasten it by joining in the propaganda of State Socialism or revolution make a sad mistake indeed. They help to so force the march of events that the people will not have time to find out, by the study of their experience, that their troubles have been due to the rejection of competition. If this lesson shall not be learned in a season, the past will be repeated in the future Benjamin Tucker
If education is always to be conceived along the same antiquated lines of a mere transmission of knowledge, there is little to be hoped from it in the bettering of man’s future. For what is the use of transmitting knowledge if the individual’s total development lags behind? Maria Montessori
We are living beyond our means. As a people we have developed a life-style that is draining the earth of its priceless and irreplaceable resources without regard for the future of our children and people all around the world. Margaret Mead
Optimism is a duty. The future is open. It is not predetermined. No one can predict it, except by chance. We all contribute to determining it by what we do. We are all equally responsible for its success. Karl Popper
Everything we hope to do, depends on an expanding economic pie. And only a vibrant, competitive, thriving private sector can create that. Government is a necessary partner, but it is the junior partner. Only the private sector can produce the revenues for the social programs that we Democrats care so much about. The financing of those programs through ever more public debt violates our generation responsibility. Paul Tsongas
Liberalism is the philosophy for our time, because it does not try to conserve every tradition of the past, because it does not apply to new problems the old doctrinaire solutions, because it is prepared to experiment and innovate and because it knows that the past is less important than the future. Pierre Trudeau
It is almost certain that we will fail. But how will future history judge the German people, if not even a handful of men had the courage to put an end to that criminal? Henning von Tresckow
Genuine religion is not about speculating about God or the soul or about what happened in the past or will happen in the future; it cares only about one thing—finding out exactly what should or should not be done in this lifetime. Leo Tolstoy
Every punishment is based, not on logic or the feeling of justice, but on the desire to wish evil on those who have done evil to you or to another person…. Everything about our present system of punishments and about all criminal law will be thought of by future generations in the same way that we think of cannibalism or human sacrifice to the pagan gods. “How did they not see the uselessness and cruelty of those things which they did?” our descendants will say about us. Leo Tolstoy
Change is the process by which the future invades our lives Alvin Toffler
The most formidable of all the ills that threaten the future of the Union arises from the presence of a black population upon its territory; and in contemplating the cause of the present embarrassments, or the future dangers of the United States, the observer is invariably led to this as a primary fact. Alexis de Tocqueville
Useful undertakings which require sustained attention and vigorous precision in order to succeed often end up by being abandoned, for, in America, as elsewhere, the people move forward by sudden impulses and short-lived efforts. Alexis de Tocqueville
In a revolution, as in a novel, the most difficult part to invent is the end Alexis de Tocqueville
A pinch of probability is worth a pound of perhaps. James Thurber
Let him remember that many before now have tried to chastise a wrongdoer, and failing to punish their enemy have not even saved themselves; while many who have trusted in force to gain an advantage, instead of gaining anything more, have been doomed to lose what they had. Vengeance is not necessarily successful because wrong has been done, or strength sure because it is confident; but the incalculable element in the future exercises the widest influence, and is the most treacherous, and yet in fact the most useful of all things, as it frightens us all equally, and thus makes us consider before attacking each other. Thucydides
Do we call this the land of the free? What is it to be free from King George and continue the slaves of King Prejudice? What is it to be born free and not to live free? What is the value of any political freedom, but as a means to moral freedom? … We are a nation of politicians, concerned about the outmost defenses only of freedom. It is our children's children who may perchance be really free.. Henry David Thoreau
You can hardly convince a man of an error in a lifetime, but must content yourself with the reflection that the progress of science is slow. If he is not convinced, his grandchildren may be. Henry David Thoreau
Let the future tell the truth and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, mine. Nikola Tesla
The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result. He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up. His work is like that of the planter — for the future. His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come, and point the way. Nikola Tesla
I’m finished. Go with somebody else. Lyndon B. Johnson
To be completely cured of newspapers, spend a year reading the previous week’s newspapers. Nassim Nicholas Taleb
If you can secure peace, you may be cursed by a lot of hotheads but … you will be blessed in Europe and by future generations Stanley Baldwin
…working not for the small pleasures of today but for the future security and improvement of the race. John Maynard Keynes
Japan will oppose any attempt at international control of Manchuria. It does not mean that we defy you, because Manchuria belongs to us by right …Read your history. We recovered Manchuria from Russia. We made it what it is today …. We look into the gloom of the future and can see no certain gleam of light before us … Would the American people agree to such control of the Panama Canal Zone; would the British permit it over Egypt? Yosuke Matsuoka
The ultimate fate of a people does not depend so much on organization as on the worth and power of individual men. Muhammad Iqbal
It’s hard letting go in the past when there are no firm handholds in the future. Ashleigh Brilliant
Everybody thinks that this civilization has lasted a very long time but it really does take very few grandfathers’ granddaughters to take us back to the dark ages. Gertrude Stein
Economists are very good at saying that something cannot go on forever, but not so good at saying when it will stop. Herbert Stein
Capitalism … has existed for fewer than 300 years. If the entire history of Homo sapiens was a 24-hour day, then capitalism has existed for two minutes … Economic systems come, and economic systems go. No economic system lasts forever. Capitalism is not likely to last forever, either. Jim Stanford
Had I performed my prayers in the Church of the Resurrection, the Moslems in a future age might have infringed the treaty under color of imitating my example. Omar I
Rash indeed is he who reckons on the morrow, or happily on days beyond it; for tomorrow is not, until today is past. Sophocles
Scientific men can hardly escape the charge of ignorance with regard to the precise effect of the impact of modern science upon the mode of living of the people and upon their civilization. For them, such a charge is worse than that of crime. Frederick Soddy
Who brings tomorrow into the present if not the scientists, technicians and engineers? Neil deGrasse Tyson
Fear not the future, weep not for the past. Percy Bysshe Shelley
The future of mankind, for the socialist, is simple: pull down the existing order and allow the future to emerge. Roger Scruton
We must not continue to dwell in the past and we must resolve to do the right and march along with the rest of the world. Abubakar Bukola Saraki
The legislator commands the future. Louis Antoine de Saint-Just
Your task is not to foresee the future, but to enable it. Antoine de Saint Exupery
Foreknowledge is power. Auguste Comte
A tree is beautiful, but what’s more, it has a right to life; like water, the sun and the stars, it is essential. Life on earth is inconceivable without trees. Forests create climate, climate influences peoples’ character, and so on and so forth. There can be neither civilization nor happiness if forests crash down under the axe, if the climate is harsh and severe, if people are also harsh and severe. ... What a terrible future! Anton Chekhov
Scientists themselves readily admit that they do not fully understand the consequences of our many-faceted assault upon the interwoven fabric of atmosphere, water, land and life in all its biological diversity. But things could also turn out to be worse than the current scientific best guess. In military affairs, policy has long been based on the dictum that we should be prepared for the worst case. Why should it be so different when the security is that of the planet and our long-term future? Prince Charles
The human mind has no frontiers, it extends proportionately as the universe displays itself; man, then, can and must attempt all, and he needs only time in order to know all Georges-Louis Leclerc de Buffon
The number of hypotheses and theories about climate change are numerous. Quite naturally they have caught the public attention, as any proof of past climactic change points to the possibility of future climate change, which inevitably will have significant implications for global economics. Eduard Bruckner
Science in our technical age has social, economic, and political functions, and however remote one's own work is from technical application it is a link in the chain of actions and decisions which determine the fate of the human race. Max Born
Science now finds itself in paradoxical strife with society: admired but mistrusted; offering hope for the future but creating ambiguous choice; richly supported yet unable to fulfill all its promise; boasting remarkable advances but criticized for not serving more directly the goals of society. J. Michael Bishop
Knowing what we now know about living systems—how they replicate and how they mutate—we are beginning to know how to control their evolutionary futures. To a considerable extent we now do that with the plants we cultivate and the animals we domesticate. This is, in fact, a standard application of genetics today. We could even go further, for there is no reason why we cannot in the same way direct our own evolutionary futures. I wish to emphasize, however—and emphatically—that whether we should do this and, if so, how, are not questions science alone can answer. They are for society as a whole to think about. Scientists can say what the consequences might be, but they are not justified in going further except as responsible members of society. George Wells Beadle
Thus there can be no doubt that the world was not created in time but with time. An event in time happens after one time and before another, after the past and before the future. But at the time of creation there could have been no past, because there was nothing created to provide the change and movement which is the condition of time. Saint Augustine; Aurelius
Now it must be asked if we can comprehend why comets signify the death of magnates and coming wars, for writers of philosophy say so. The reason is not apparent, since vapor no more rises in a land where a pauper lives than where a rich man resides, whether he be king or someone else. Furthermore, it is evident that a comet has a natural cause not dependent on anything else; so it seems that it has no relation to someone's death or to war. Albertus Magnus
The future of politics is performance. Kasim Reed
Man has mounted science, and is now run away with. I firmly believe that before many centuries more, science will be the master of men. The engines he will have invented will be beyond his strength to control. Someday science may have the existence of mankind in its power, and the human race commit suicide, by blowing up the world. Henry Adams
What is today supported by precedents will hereafter become a precedent. Cornelius Tacitus
Labor: a man coins himself into his labor,—turns his day, his strength, his thought, his affection into some product which remains as the visible sign of his power; and to protect that, to secure that to him, to secure his past self to his future self, is the object of all government. There is no interest in any country so imperative as that of labor; it covers all, and constitutions and governments exist for that,—to protect and insure it to the laborer. Ralph Waldo Emerson
The future is unknowable, but the past may give us hope. Winston Churchill
Adam Smith did not foresee powerful labor unions or social welfare or heavy technology. He marveled at the productivity attained by division of labor in the making of pins. He knew nothing about single electric-current circuit breakers big as a house. Although accumulation of capital from profit and its reinvestment in productive equipment were cornerstones of his philosophy, the scale of investment required for the subsequent technological advances was beyond his ken. Amusingly, he saw no future for the corporation, because, in his opinion, such an artificial body could not marshal the selfish, driving search for profit so fundamental to his system. Leland Hazard
Since the cosmic process of evolution is amoral, there is no guarantee that good will win out over evil, that human society will thrive rather than fail. Thomas Huxley
Just beyond the horizon of current events lie two possible political futures -- both bleak, neither democratic. The first is a retribalization of large swaths of humankind by war and bloodshed: a threatened Lebanonization of national states in which culture is pitted against culture, people against people, tribe against tribe -- a Jihad in the name of a hundred narrowly conceived faiths against every kind of interdependence, every kind of artificial social cooperation and civic mutuality. The second is being borne in on us by the onrush of economic and ecological forces that demand integration and uniformity and that mesmerize the world with fast music, fast computers, and fast food -- with MTV, Macintosh, and McDonald's, pressing nations into one commercially homogenous global network: one McWorld tied together by technology, ecology, communications, and commerce. The planet is falling precipitantly apart and coming reluctantly together at the very same moment Benjamin R. Barber
Science and Peace will triumph over Ignorance and War, that nations will eventually unite not to destroy but to edify, and that the future will belong to those who have done the most for the sake of suffering humanity. Louis Pasteur
What our children become, so becomes our nation. It is plain common sense to give our children the best education possible so that they can develop into productive responsible citizens contributing economically, socially and politically to our democratic society. M. Frank Phillips
The health of our civilization, the depth of our awareness about the underpinnings of our culture, and our concern for the future can be tested by how well we support out libraries. Carl Sagan
In politics, good gets better; bad gets worse. Haley Barbour
We [Republicans] are not generating enough angry white guys to stay in business very long. Lindsey Graham
The 21st century does not like tidy minds. Martin Sorrell
Nation’s that don’t invest in the future tend not to do well there. Thomas Friedman
The best way to determine what a party will do is to look at what it has done. Ted Kennedy
We must all turn our backs upon the horrors of the past. We must look to the future. We cannot afford to drag forward cross the years that are to come the hatreds and revenges which have sprung from the injuries of the past. Winston Churchill
The awareness that health is dependent upon habits that we control makes us the first generation in history that to a large extent determines its own destiny.. Jimmy Carter
The ability to foretell what is going to happen tomorrow, next week, next month, and next year – and to have the ability afterwards to explain why it didn’t happen. Winston Churchill
What we must learn to do is to create unbreakable bonds between the sciences and the humanities. We cannot procrastinate. The world of the future is in our making. Tomorrow is now. Eleanor Roosevelt
What we must learn to do is to create unbreakable bonds between the sciences and the humanities. We cannot procrastinate. The world of the future is in our making. Tomorrow is now. Eleanor Roosevelt
There never has been security. No man has ever known what he would meet around the next corner; if life were predictable it would cease to be life, and be without flavor. Eleanor Roosevelt
We face the future fortified with the lessons we have learned from the past. It is today that we must create the world of the future. Spinoza, I think, pointed out that we ourselves can make experience valuable when, by imagination and reason, we turn it into foresight. Eleanor Roosevelt
[The Republican Party is] a party with a narrow vision, a party that is afraid of the future. Jimmy Carter
Person after person has said to me in these last few days that this new world we face terrifies them. I can understand how that feeling would arise unless one believes that men are capable of greatness beyond their past achievements. . . . The time now calls for mankind as a whole to rise to great heights. We must have faith or we die. Eleanor Roosevelt
The past and the present are within the field of my inquiry, but what a man may do in the future is a hard question to answer. Arthur Conan Doyle
Thus violent deeds live after men upon the earth, and traces of war and bloodshed will survive in mournful shapes long after those who worked the desolation are but atoms of earth themselves. Charles Dickens
Events are as much the parents of the future as they were the children of the past. John Galsworthy
We are sons of yesterday, not of the morning. The past is our mortal mother, no dead thing. Our future constantly reflects her to the soul. George Meredith
It is not wise to neglect the present for the future, for who knows what the future will be. H. Rider Haggard
To-day we love what to-morrow we hate; to-day we seek what to-morrow we shun; to-day we desire what to-morrow we fear. Daniel Defoe
Redistricting will determine the future control of Congress. Kevin Mack
Clean water is not an expenditure of Federal funds; clean water is an investment in the future of our country. Bill Shuster
Many of the wars this century were about oil, but those of the next century will be over water Ismail Serageldin
… there will be no peace for India, nor any stability of Government in the Punjab, nor any release from anxiety and costly defensive preparations on our frontier, unless the British Government, justly indignant at the unprovoked and treacherous aggression once again committed against them by the Sikhs, shall now effectually provide against future dangers by subverting for ever the Dynasty of the Sings, by converting the Punjab into a British province, and by adopting the only measure which will secure the observance of peace by the Sikhs, namely, depriving them utterly of all the means of making war. James Broun-Ramsay
The draft lays down a general policy, which the Queen is afraid may ultimately turn out very dangerous. It is this: England undertakes to interfere in the internal affairs of Spain, and to promote the development of the present constitutional Government of Spain in a more democratic direction, and this for the avowed purpose of counteracting the influence of France. England becomes therefore responsible for a particular direction given to the internal Government of Spain, which to control she has no sufficient means. All England can do, and will have to do, is: to keep up a particular party in Spain to support her views. France, knowing that this is directed against her, must take up the opposite party and follow the opposite policy in Spanish affairs Queen Victoria
Marx is the prophet of globalized capitalism. Eric Foner
Humanity is not forever chained to this planet. Neil Armstrong
The American political system has become so short term oriented. Jeb Bush
The American Dream can no more remain static than can the American nation.... We cannot any longer take an old approach to world problems. They aren't the same problems. It isn't the same world. We must not adopt the methods of our ancestors; instead, we must emulate that pioneer quality in our ancestors that made them attempt new methods for a New World. Eleanor Roosevelt
Ambition is an uncomfortable companion many times. He creates a discontent with present surroundings and achievements; he is never satisfied but always pressing forward to better things in the future. Restless, energetic, purposeful, it is ambition that makes of the creature a real man. Lyndon B. Johnson
If progress is to be steady we must have long term guides extending far ahead. Dwight D. Eisenhower
We are best pleased with reforms that are far enough away so as not to affect ourselves Lewis F. Korns
All our idealisms must be those of future social goals in which all can participate… No mere doubtful triumphs of the past, which redound to the glory of only one of our transnationalities, can satisfy us. It must be a future America, on which all can unite, which pulls us irresistibly toward it, as we understand each other more warmly. Randolph Bourne
There are many who … say, … that President Roosevelt is destroying the national ideal, that he is leading the country to ruin, decadence, anarchy, and so forth. But even those objectors are not skeptical about the future of their country. Even they feel that faith in America is what makes them Americans. All their irritation would be assuaged if Mr. Roosevelt were removed, all their confidence restored. This kind of skepticism is skin-deep. It does not affect the soul of Americanism. Raoul de Roussy de Sales
The hour of emancipation is advancing in the march of time. It will come, and whether brought on by generous energy of our own minds or by the bloody process of St. Domingo... is a leaf of our history not yet turned over. Thomas Jefferson
Never bet against science! Rex Tillerson
How much longer, for instance, can we continue to crowd more and more people into this world? …. How long can we permit the uncontrolled use of the earth's resources when there is no possibility of replacing them? Indeed, how long will it be before we have completely used up everything our lives depend on? These issues are the politics of the future. Neither Republicans nor Democrats have begun to spell out in substantive fashion the means by which we can control population growth, environmental problems, and the conservation of our natural resources. Leo Joseph Ryan Jr.
The hopes of the Republic cannot forever tolerate either undeserved poverty or self-serving wealth. Franklin D. Roosevelt
Ideas appropriate to a past social order have a strange power of influencing thought and action within a later institutional framework. Eric Roll
Freedom is the very essence of life, the impelling force in all intellectual and social development, the creator of every new outlook for the future of mankind. Rudolph Rocker
Why independence, if the slaves of today will be the tyrants of tomorrow? Jose Rizal
We must live for the future of the human race, and not for our own comfort or success. Hyman Rickover
The future navy will have two kinds of ships: Submarines and targets. Hyman Rickover
... As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen. Anonymous
Our future is still ahead of us. Jimmy Quillen
My government's aim for Fiji is not to return to where we once were but to journey forward together to a place we have not yet been Laisenia Qarase
Every advantage in the past is judged in the light of the final issue. Demosthenes
No man can tell what the future may bring forth Demosthenes
it is not the topping of a regime that determines the overall success of a revolution -- it's dismantling the past in favor of a better future. Mohamed El-Erian
I found nothing but progress and hope for the future. Robert McNamara
Throughout history, rich nations have gotten to the future first. Their companies can afford to equip their tinkerers and visionaries with the most advanced materials, instruments and knowledge. Eamonn Fingleton
Never has the future become so rapidly the past. Patrick Dixon
History is but the unrolled scroll of prophecy. James A. Garfield
History shows you prospects by starlight, or at best by the waning moon. Rufus Choate
The further backward we look, the further forward we are likely to see. Winston Churchill
Everything we have learned in the last 15,000 years will be swept away in the coming years…. The next hundred years will produce more changes than have taken place in the last 100,000 years. Indeed, the last 100 years have produced more change than the last 100,000 years. Ian Morris
To the future or to the past, to a time when thought is free...to a time when truth exists, and what is done cannot be undone...from the age of uniformity, from the age of solitude, from the age of big brother, from the age of doublethink--greetings! Eric Blair; George
Every new theory encounters opposition and rejection at first. The adherents of the old, accepted doctrine object to the new theory, refuse it recognition, and declare it to be mistaken. Years, even decades, must pass before it succeeds in supplanting the old one. A new generation must grow up before its victory is decisive. Ludwig von Mises
The foresight goggles have been discontinued. They fog up a lot. Invesco
Accidents rule men, not men accidents. Herodotus
A man cannot be in the seventeenth century and the nineteenth at one and the same moment. Thomas Carlyle
I am the father of the Centuries, the mysterious repository of fame; and the unknown Eternity was my mother; Infinity marks the borders of my realm; no sepulcher will ever hold me, for I am mightier than Death; my vision scans the past and the future, and through my hands the presence flows. Simon Bolivar
We are that future generation of the past, inheritors of all the wishful thinking, simple illogic and flawed compromises that produced the near-term benefits our parents and grandparents worried about but ultimately wanted. David Stockman
There are at least 1 billion people who struggle for basic caloric protein sufficiency; probably another 2 billion people … who have serious micronutrient deficiency… We don’t have a healthy food supply for the world, nor is it assured for the future. Jeffrey Sachs
… while they're adding teachers in places like South Korea, we're laying them off in droves. It's unfair to our kids. It undermines their future and ours. And it has to stop. Pass this bill, and put our teachers back in the classroom where they belong. Barack Obama
There is only so much pain voters will tolerate. And there is insufficient reason to believe that today’s austerity will bring tomorrow’s prosperity. Robert Skidelsky
Burke ever held, and held rightly, that it can seldom be right . . . to sacrifice a present benefit for a doubtful advantage in the future. . . . It is therefore the happiness of our own contemporaries that is our main concern John Maynard Keynes
If individuals have no sufficient reason to believe that a good situation today will have adverse long-term consequences, it must always be rational for them to aim to maximize their short-term good. John Maynard Keynes
Historians will eventually sort out the good and bad of each administration. George W. Bush
Haven’t we learned that when you go to war, the outcome is unpredictable. Robert M. Gates
It is the growing periphery of the Arab world - the masses at its margins, not its feeble and decaying center - that is shaping the future of the region. Wadah Khanfar
The [Republican] party has no future. It can’t win with a base that is at war with math, physics, human biology, economics, and common-sense gun laws all at the same time. Thomas Friedman
All the calamities that followed the invasion [of Iraq] were not only foreseeable, they were foreseen. Geoffrey Albert Wheatcroft
… a steady job with decent pay and health benefits, rising living standards, a home of your own, secure retirement, and the hope that your children would enjoy a better future. Hedrick Smith
The death of the modern Mahomet will seal the fate of Mormonism. They cannot get another Joe Smith. The holy city must tumble into ruins, and the ‘Latter-day Saints’ have indeed come to the latter day. New York Herald
There may be a recession in stock prices, but not anything in the nature of a crash.. Irving Fisher
Time has proved that the Supreme Court’s judgment was wrong on the most outstanding issues upon which it chose to challenge the popular branches Robert Houghwout Jackson
One generation's reform becomes the next generation's problem. David Broder
The workers and professionals of the world will soon be divided into two distinct groups. Those who will control computers and those who will be controlled by computers. It would be best for you to be in the former group. Lewis D. Eigen
We must forget the past. Nelson Mandela
Prosecute? I am not interested in prosecuting. I am interested in building a nation. Nelson Mandela
The only danger of knowing and thinking a lot about history, is that you will trip on something behind you. Be sure you also look ahead. Lewis D. Eigen
It is useless to talk about Constitutional means for a condition of things never contemplated by any constitution. William Tecumseh Sherman
Just look at the last 237 years …. Who wants to bet against America. Just look at the record…. We haven’t come close to tapping our human potential. This country’s best days lie ahead of us. Warren Buffett
He will be an extraordinary person, that pure American, who will be standing in my place five thousand years from today. He will have what no other human being has had in just the same richness, the inheritance of all ages, all races, all cultures…. a true superman, standing on the shoulders of those from all nations and races of the earth. Pearl S. Buck
Campaign trains always give me a little feeling of a busy factory, because so many people are busily engaged in turning out ideas to meet different situations as they arrive. If you sit in the President's car and see streams of people go by and hear him ask the inevitable questions:—"How are things in your state; did the drought do much harm; what are you people counting on to help you in your recovery", and then see him picking up everybody's ideas, discarding some, remolding some into his own speeches, you realize that you are really watching an idea factory at work, through which the American people get a picture of the President's thinking, his character, and his plans for the future. Eleanor Roosevelt
It does seem terribly unfair that such thousands of people are born and live and die with no past to regret and no future to look forward to. Dorothy Blake
… when so many people seem to be beset by fears of socialism and communism, it seems particularly important that the workers of our country should have an opportunity to study the labor movement and the economic problem of the day. Only through understanding can they be expected to look at questions in a comprehensive way. Our great difficulty in the past has always been that individual groups only see their own point of view and could not understand the situation as a whole.… Those who are interested in the future development of this country must be interested in the education of the workers. Eleanor Roosevelt
… we should not indulge in looking backwards with envy to the past, but to keep our eyes ahead of us with hope for the future. Eleanor Roosevelt
It’s a graveyard for politics. I see this as the end of my political future George W. Bush
People do not like to be confronted with unpleasant possibilities of their own futures. Margaret Atwood
If someone had told me in 1963 that in 50 years we would see a Black man in the white house, I would have said “You’re crazy! You are not living in the real world.” John Lewis
We can all become better than we are. James Baldwin
… an America as good as its promise. Barbara Jordan
Successful reform requires a long-term vision, driven by political leadership. Larry Diamond
The current fad in economic forecasting is to project so far into the future that no one will be around to hold you accountable. Ruchir Sharma
Predictions of America’s decline are as old as the republic. But they perform a critical function in driving the kind of renewal that is required of each generation of Americans….as long as we’re worried about the future, the future will be better. Lawrence Summers
Government is on a collision course with the future Gavin Newsom
China is the world’s second largest economy, but the enormous costs of its growth are becoming apparent. Residents of its boom cities and a growing number of rural regions question the safety of the air they breathe, the water they drink and the food they eat. It is as if they were living in the Chinese equivalent of the Chernobyl or Fukushima nuclear disaster areas. The environmental hazards here are legion, and the consequences might not manifest themselves for years or even decades. Edward Wong
Economic diseases are highly communicable. It follows, therefore, that the economic health of every country is a proper matter of concern to all its neighbors, near and distant. Only through a dynamic and a soundly expanding world economy can the living standards of individual nations be advanced to levels which will permit a full realization of our hopes for the future. Franklin D. Roosevelt
I have seen the future, and it works. Lincoln Steffens
Change will be in the direction of control over industry and increased restrictions on the operations of competition and free enterprise. Harry Dexter White
Reducing future risks requires paying some immediate costs. Richard K. Betts
America needs Pakistan more than Pakistan needs America…. Pakistan is the pivot of the world, the frontier upon which the future of the world revolves Muhammad Ali Jinnah
Much of the history of the 21st century, for good or ill, will be written in Asia. Kevin Rudd
We did not have a military victory in the Cold War. It was a negotiated outcome that benefitted both sides…. Such claims of victory are all distortions, all incorrect, all misleading, and all dangerous to the safety and future prosperity of the American people. Jack Matlock
For income growth to occur in a society, a large fraction of people must experience changes in the possible lives they imagine for themselves and their children, and these new visions of possible futures must have enough force to lead them to change the way they behave. Robert Emerson Lucas Jr.
Enough! We cannot live like this any longer. Everything must be done in a new way. We must reconsider our concepts, our approaches, our views of our past and our future…. It is simply impossible to live as we have lived before—intolerable, humiliating. Aleksandr Yakovlev
Some failed states have no one but themselves—or rather their corrupt or brutal political elites—to blame. Others never had a chance to start with…, trapped between a no-longer-usable past and a not-yet-accessible future. James Traub
The experts, for all their superior knowledge, rarely do better than chance in predicting future events. Philip E. Tetlock
No one knows who will live in this cage in the future, or whether at the end of this tremendous development, entirely new prophets will arise, or there will be a great rebirth of old ideas and ideals, or, if neither, mechanized petrification, embellished with a sort of convulsive self-importance. Max Weber
The Civil War is a story about how some people clung to the past, while others sought the future. Adam Goodheart
Had you asked an expert on the Middle East what changes would be likely to tke place in 2011, almost none would have predicted the Arab Spring and none would have chosen Tunisia as the flashpoint. Ethan Zuckerman
No one’s ever made money betting against America. Joseph R. Biden Jr.
The belief in American exceptionalism has vanished with the end of empire, the weakening of power, the loss of faith in America’s future. Daniel Bell
A simple way to forecast the future is to look at what rich people have today; middle-income people will have something equivalent in 10 years, and poor people will have something equivalent in an additional decade. Hal Varian
I will try to glorify the republic and liberty over there in the hope that someday I will find it again here in France. Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi
Every emperor wants his power to last generation after generation. But can they? The Communist Party cannot monopolize all of the power in the country forever. This is a reality they must accept. Chen Guangcheng
The economy of tomorrow is unlikely to look much like that of yesterday. David Rothkopf
Forty-eight hours is a long time in politics Lord Riveaulx; Harold Wilson
There are two kinds of economists in the world. Those who don't know the future and those who don't know that they don't know the future. John Kenneth Galbraith
We are in a period when old questions are settled and the new are not yet brought forward. Rutherford B. Hayes
America is false to the past, false to the present, and solemnly binds herself to be false to the future Frederick Douglass
The destiny of the colored American... is the destiny of America. Frederick Douglass
The relation between the white and colored people of this country is the great, paramount, imperative, and all-commanding question for this age and nation to solve Frederick Douglass
As long as I breathe I hope. As long as I breathe I shall fight for the future, that radiant future, in which man, strong and beautiful, will become master of the drifting stream of his history and will direct it towards the boundless horizons of beauty, joy and happiness! Lev Davidovich Bronstein; Leon
If all greatness lies in the past, what is the point of the future? Stephen Carter
If a nation cannot face its past, it has no future. Ai Weiwei
Only by not forgetting the past can we be the master of the future. Ba Jin
Forget whatever should be forgotten, so that you can remember what should be remembered Bing Xin
We [Taiwan and Mainland China] may not share the same history, but we could have a common destiny and future. Frank Hsieh
Today we need a special kind of courage. Not the kind needed in battle, but a kind which makes us stand up for everything that we know is right, everything that is true and honest. We need the kind of courage that can withstand the subtle corruption of the cynics, so that we can show the world that we are not afraid of the future. Elizabeth II
Future comes by itself, progress does not. Poul Henningsen
What makes Progressives is their confidence in Progress. Thai Jones
. As flowers turn toward the sun, by dint of a secret heliotropism the past strives to turn toward that sun which is rising in the sky of history. A historical materialist must be aware of this most inconspicuous of all transformations. Walter Benjamin
Science has heroes, but no gods. The great Names are not our superiors, or even our rivals, they are passed milestones on our road; and the most important milestone is the hero yet to come. Eliezer Yudkowsky
No choice we can make as a nation lies between our history and our geography. We can hardly change either of them. They are immutable. The only choice we can make as a nation is the choice about our future. Paul Keating
Democratically elected leaders, forced to accommodate the real forces that shape their nation-state’s future—capital and the economic and military interests of more-powerful states—do so only to face the ire of their own citizens, who see themselves (perhaps rightly) as the losers of these compromises.] Johan N. Neem
The psychology which believes that the white man alone of all the races in the world, has something which must be imposed on all other races, must go. We know today that our chance to live in peace in the future lies in respect for the individual, no matter what his color. Eleanor Roosevelt
There’s not a single aspect of human life that doesn’t have the potential to be totally transformed by these technologies in the future. Craig Venter
Forecasting will always be somewhat of a coin toss. Alan Greenspan
The story of the next century is the transition from an industrial, resourced-based economy to a knowledge economy. Mark Zuckerberg
Passion has helped us; but can do so no more. It will in future be our enemy. Reason, cold, calculating, unimpassioned reason, must furnish all the materials for our future support and defense. Abraham Lincoln
The future requires action and not mere conversation. Eleanor Roosevelt
Communism … is not a stale state …. We call communism the real movement which abolishes the present state of things. Karl Marx
My thinking is dominated by the future of Israel and the Jewish people wherever they are—in 30 years or 300 years. Ariel Sharon
Since the war [WWII], the world has been rushing forward at an unprecedented and exhilarating speed … Yet Britain lags behind, lacking the will or the plan which can bring this future within the reach of us all. Harold Wilson
Nothing fails like success. The Swedish [political] model could not survive without the momentum of repeated accomplishment … the promise of the future had to be constantly renewed. Arne Ruth
As Latinos become a larger part of the American whole, quietly consigning them to failure and isolation is hardly a recipe for national prosperity and stability. Whether they realize it or not, all Americans are now deeply invested in the successful integration of Latinos. Their own futures affluence and well-being might well depend on it. Ray Suarez
… political cycles are as important to a nation’s prospects as economic ones. Ruchiir Sharma
Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past. Eric Blair; George
There is only one difference between a bad economist and a good one: the bad economist confines himself to the visible effect; the good economist takes into account both the effect that can be seen and those effects that must be foreseen. Frederic Bastiat
A tale of two Americas is emerging: one weighed down by debt and facing de minimus economic growth and another brimming with opportunity and nimble to invest in the future Meredith Whitney
It's hard to envision a future of the United States of America that does not include Mexico. Al Gore
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 everyman must take on a science fictional way of thinking Isaac Asimov
Science fiction writers foresee the inevitable. Isaac Asimov
Communications will become sight-sound and you will see as well as hear the person you telephone. The screen can be used not only to see the people you call but also for studying documents and photographs and reading passages from books. Isaac Asimov
The right of the revolution is the right of the future. Pieter Geyl
Life must be understood backwards. But it must be lived forwards. Soren Kierkegaard
While the United States of today is not the United States of yesterday there are unmistakable indications that she is also not the United States of tomorrow. Edward Mandell House
No people ever sees clearly those steps in its own progress, those events in its own life, which future generations will count glorious. Charles W. Eliot
Those who are innocent today may be guilty tomorrow. Talaat Bey; Mehmet
For the first time in the history of our country the majority of our people believe that the next five years will be worse than the past five years. Jimmy Carter
Each day has its own destiny. Yesterday is history, today is opportunity while tomorrow is mystery. T. B. Joshua
Note the startling regularity through history with which society martyrs the rebel in one generation and worships him in the next. Rollo May
A government is invigorated when each of us is willing to participate in shaping the future of this nation Barbara Jordan
The past becomes the armor with which we face the future. Ken Burns
A politics of vengeance is not politics. Revenge is a recklessness towards the future in a vain attempt to make the present abolish a suffering which is already past. Bernard Crick
We may make progress only by freeing ourselves from the rut of the past, but without this rut an orderly society would hardly be possible in the first place. Robert Heilbroner
it is certain that the future will bring realities for which our traditional optimism fails to prepare us and against which our economic momentum fails to arm us. Robert Heilbroner
We live in a quickly changing world, therefore we must foretell developments, and reforms should respond to these changes Tigran Sargsyan
Economics is a highly sophisticated field of thought that is superb at explaining to policymakers precisely why the choices they made in the past were wrong. About the future, not so much. Ben Bernanke
There can be no dedication to Canada's future without a knowledge of its past. John G. Diefenbaker
Depend upon it, Sir, nothing will come of them! Arthur Wellesley
My gran'ther's rule was safer 'n 'tis to crow: Don't never prophesy — onless ye know. James Russell Lowell
Truth forever on the scaffold, Wrong forever on the throne,—, Yet that scaffold sways the future, and, behind the dim unknown,, Standeth God within the shadow, keeping watch above his own. James Russell Lowell
To-day is the parent of to-morrow. The present casts its shadow far into the future. That is the law of life, individual and social .... The means used to prepare the future become its cornerstone. Emma Goldman
… perversion of the ethical values soon crystallized into the all-dominating slogan of the Communist Party: THE END JUSTIFIES ALL MEANS. Similarly in the past the Inquisition and the Jesuits adopted this motto and subordinated to it all morality. It avenged itself upon the Jesuits as it did upon the Russian Revolution. In the wake of this slogan followed lying, deceit, hypocrisy and treachery, murder, open and secret. It should be of utmost interest to students of social psychology that two movements as widely separated in time and ideas as Jesuitism and Bolshevism reached exactly similar results in the evolution of the principle that the end justifies all means. The historic parallel, almost entirely ignored so far, contains a most important lesson for all coming revolutions and for the whole future of mankind. Emma Goldman
...The right to self-determination refers to the right of a given population (usually a nation) to create its own future more or less free from external coercion, but within the limits of the historical realities with which it is faced. Monte Melkonian
I think, that it is our common duty from now on to stop Chinese penetration of the international Communist movement and in relation to Western powers to show China as the main present and future troublemaker. Ivan Ivanovich Agayants
The legislative branch acts for the future. Judges act by reflecting on the past. The President has to deal with the realities of today. Andrew Card
The future will find one of its great problems is deciding how big a business enterprise must become before the public is entitled to know the full details of its management. Ray Stannard Baker
There is, in my judgment, a great future before American manufacturing, commerce and trade, which will absorb millions of additional workers. When these workers are employed at good wages, as at present, they will buy farm products in a liberal way. The proportion of the American people engaged in industrial life doubtless will continue to increase, just as it has been doing. Arthur Capper
Far more serious and lasting than any of the …[other] grievances are the feelings which Germans entertain and will continue to entertain as to the justice of their present frontiers. They may have to submit indefinitely, time may heal their wounds, but it will be a long time.… It would be folly to expect acquiescence of the heart at least in any near future. Archibald Cary Coolidge
We must be patient if we would act wisely. What we do today may bear fruit long after we are dead, for no good work is ever really lost. The important thing is to get the tendency right. We should think of all these subjects in terms not of brief individual life, but long continued national life. Elihu Root
Governments, however, must think not only of the present, but of the rights of future generations. Pierre Crabites
The past has a lobby …; the future does not have a lobby. Van Jones
Clearly there’s going to be an impact. So I’m not disputing that increasing CO2 emissions are in the atmosphere is going to have an impact. It will have a warming impact. It’s an engineering problem and it has engineering solutions. Rex Tillerson
Our ethical values point one way, towards intergenerational responsibility, but our political system points another, towards the short-term horizon of the next election. We should consider introducing agents who can vote in a far-seeing and impartial way. Thomas Wells
The need to incorporate longer term time scales into our societal choices is very real—and right in the lap of our generation. Thomas Friedman
European economists and populations talk too much about redistribution within the member states and across the member states and are talking too little about how to create value in the future—to fortify our position in order to be successful in the future world. Christoph Schmidt
One of the hardest things in politics is getting a democracy to deal with something now where the payoff is long term or the price of inaction is decades away. Barack Obama
Force may destroy Batavia, we shall never betray her. We are exhausted. Just two precious treasures remain to us for the future: the credit and the morality of her people … That must be the guarantee of the alliance … misery we may support but slavery never. Jan Willem de Winter
It is impossible, financially and politically, to lower expenditure to the level of our revenues in the calamitous times in which we live, and so, however painful and afflicting the idea may be, we must exist from day to day and simply await the outcome of events yet in the making … Cornelis Felix van Maanen
Any man who has ever been honored by being made President of the United States is thereby forever after rendered the American people. Theodore Roosevelt
See things not as they are but as they might be. J. Robert Oppenheimer
No one can defy fate. Benito Mussolini
I now seriously ask whether an English victory would not be more desirable for our future than a German victory. Benito Mussolini
… the greatest dissents … become court opinions and gradually over time their views become the dominant view. So that's the dissenter's hope: that they are writing not for today but for tomorrow. Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Without free speech no search for Truth is possible; without free speech no discovery of Truth is useful; without free speech progress is checked, and the nations no longer march forward towards the nobler life which the future holds for man. Better a thousand-fold abuse of free speech than denial of free speech. The abuse dies in a day; the denial slays the life of the people and entombs the hope of the race. Charles Bradlaugh
Leave it [The Grand Canyon] as it is. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it …. Keep it for your children, your children’s children, and all who come after you, as one of the sights which every American … should see. Theodore Roosevelt
Any nation that forgets its past cannot have a future. James I. Robertson Jr.
There can be no assumption that today’s majority is “right”. Warren E. Burger
If we do not have two states [Arab and Jewish], we shall have one conflict. Neither them [the Arabs] or us should condemn our children to fighting forever. Shimon Peres
I am willing to undergo the disadvantage in order to make certain that in the future we shall reduce the power of money in politics.. William Howard Taft
My concern is that all these people never want to come back to France…. These people are the gold mine of our economy and for our society for the future. Fleur Pellerin
The purpose of the Conservation movement is to make our country a permanent and prosperous home for ourselves, and for our children, and for our children’s children. Gifford Pinchot
The problem in any constitutional change is the great care put to solve the problems of the past instead of grasping those of the future. Olivier Duhamel
The NSA surveillance programs have crossed the line of proportionality. Even if one could conceivably justify the initial inadvertent interception of baby pictures and love letters of innocent bystanders, their continued storage in Government databases is both troubling and dangerous. Who knows how the information will be used in the future? Edward Snowden
The future of the nation depends in no small part on the efficiency of industry, and the efficiency of industry depends in no small part on the protection of intellectual property. Richard A. Posner
America looked like the land of the future, separated by an ocean from the misfortunes, follies, and crimes of Europe. Emilio G. Segre
We all leave unfinished work; we cannot complete it; those who come after us take it up and conform it to their will William Jennings Bryan
In war, science has proven itself an evil genius; it has made war more terrible than it ever was before. Man used to be content to slaughter his fellowmen on a single plane — the earth's surface. Science has taught him to go down into the water and shoot up from below and to go up into the clouds and shoot down from above, thus making the battlefield three times a bloody as it was before; but science does not teach brotherly love. Science has made war so hellish that civilization was about to commit suicide; and now we are told that newly discovered instruments of destruction will make the cruelties of the late war seem trivial in comparison with the cruelties of wars that may come in the future. William Jennings Bryan
… international politics has always been a ruthless and dangerous business, and it is likely to remain that way. John J. Mearsheimer
Our children are our future. And our future is in jeopardy. Marion Barry
What public men, whether in or out of office, must avoid, is the making of predictions. This is what is called, in their own language, " committing themselves," and is never done without the greatest caution and necessity; and, therefore, whenever public men choose to put themselves at issue with the ministers, and hazard predictions, they become from that moment entitled to the praise of superior wisdom or not, just as their expectations are or are not verified by the event. William Smyth
We must expect for a long time yet to see capitalists still striving to obtain the highest possible profits. But observe, that the passion for wealth is certainly in some senses new. It grew up very rapidly at the beginning of the present century; it was not so strong in the last century, when men were much more content to lead a quiet easy life of leisure. The change has really influenced the relations between men; but in the future it is quite possible that the scramble for wealth may grow less intense, and a change in the opposite direction take place. Arnold J. Toynbee
Being right too early is one of the most devastating things in politics George W. Romney
Elections are fundamentally about the future and not about the past. Scott Walker
I regret and grieve over the late troubles. It was a grave mistake, and China will hereafter be a friend of foreigners. No such affair will happen again. China will protect the foreigner, and we hope to be friends in the future. Cixi
I am now playing for 100 years hence. Woodrow Wilson
The control of China by Japan … is sharply and bitterly antagonistic to the white man’s civilization. This would be the worst calamity…. The future belongs to the white race; it does not belong to the yellow, not the black, not the olive-colored. It belongs to the blond man … Wilhelm II
The great question of the 20th century is whether the Anglo-Saxon of the Slav is to impress his civilization upon the world. Franklin Henry Giddings
Rather than rewarding today’s voters with benefits financed by future generations, as Congress typically does, solving the climate problem will require costly actions now to protect those who will follow us. Robert N. Stavins
They don’t have any policy. They don’t have a tomorrow; they’re going back to yesterday. Shimon Peres
Every president is not only a new president. He comes in a new age. Shimon Peres
Almost every achievement contains within its success the seeds of a future problem. James Baker
I’m concerned about all areas of uncertainty. Christine Lagarde
30 years after China embarked on its fitful embrace of the free market, it has no single unifying doctrine—no ‘central melody’—and there is nothing predestined about what kind of country it is becoming. Evan Osnos
We are readying ourselves to enter a long tunnel full of blood and darkness. Andre Gide
We Democrats think the country works better with a strong middle class, real opportunities for poor people to work their way into it and a relentless focus on the future, with business and government working together to promote growth and broadly shared prosperity. We think "we're all in this together" is a better philosophy than "you're on your own”. Bill Clinton
Commemorating the present and looking forward to a more promising future has always depended on learning from the past.. Estevan Rael-Galvez
The future is in the skies. Kemal Ataturk
Wall Street indexes predicted nine out of the last five recessions. Paul Krugman
Our goal is to move forward, but we know that to avoid falling backward, we must be willing to look backward and to come to terms with what happened in the past. Tom Malinowski
This election is a critical juncture. We have to choose between being a Zionist and liberal nation, or turning into an ethnocentric, nationalist country. I am concerned about the direction in which this delicate democracy is heading. Ofer Kenig
A pioneering culture, one that actually enjoys and is excited by experimentation, a culture that rewards experimentation even as it embraces the fact that it is going to lead to failure… And a long-term orientation is a key part of that. If everything has to work this quarter, then you’re by definition not going to be doing very much experimentation. Jeff Bezos
I think the state’s role in the evolution of technology is best aimed at fueling adventures of the mind into the impossible reaches. That is very long range, and it’s the sort of thing that almost no companies have the wherewithal to contemplate. Michael Moritz
No challenge is more of a threat to our children than global warming. Barack Obama
You can never predict what problems a President will face. Robert M. Gates
Nothing is inevitable in history. Jonathan D. Horn
The future is not a gift; it’s an achievement. Robert Kennedy
Tis easy to see, hard to foresee. Benjamin Franklin
In another century, the greatest number of Englishmen would be on this side of the Atlantic. Benjamin Franklin
The events of future history ... will be of the same nature—–or nearly so—–as the history of the past, so long as men are men. Thucydides
The longer you can look back, the farther you can look forward. Winston Churchill
The future of the human face is space exploration. Gary Johnson
If there is a constant to the American campaign story, it is that elites can’t predict the future very well. News is what surprises us, which is why the political press always has news. Voters are always undoing our certainties. John Dickerson (journalist)
The future of Israel has been a key bipartisan concern for generations of Americans, and it is almost axiomatic that if the Palestinians have no viable future, neither does Israel. Jeffery Goldberg
You know, my dear son, I abhor slavery. I was born in a country where slavery had been established by British kings and parliaments, as well as by the laws of that country ages before my existence. I found the Christian religion and slavery growing under the same authority and cultivation. I nevertheless disliked it. In former days there was no combating the prejudices of men supported by interest; the day I hope is approaching when, from principles of gratitude as well as justice, every man will strive to be foremost in showing his readiness to comply with the golden rule. Henry Laurens
Leaders must go ahead even when moving ahead is controversial. You must be ahead of time, because if you want to represent the status quo, what do you need leaders for? Shimon Peres
Very few of the rich are in the army except as officers. Our mission is to disenthrall just such men, to open up before them a brighter future for themselves and their children. Labor must be dignified in the south, and all must have an equal chance. Hallock Armstrong
It is not necessary to live. But to leave our names beyond that point. That is necessary. Gabriele D'Annunzio
The truth is, politicians want to be reelected, and no European leader sill risk his or her future by overusing a policy that us costly in the short run but possibly beneficial in the long run. Andrew Moravcsik
… after some hundreds of years of experience we think that we have learned … how to teach what is known. But now with the undeniable upsurge of scientific research, we cannot continue to rely on the mere fact that we have learned how to teach what is known. We must learn to teach the best attitude to what is not yet known. Charles Scott Sherrington
To live with awareness That our moment may arrive Is a maddening thought That cannot survive So we walk in the world Without too much care And cast off most burdens Too heavy to bear And promote and project A future with reason With apparent unmind That there’s an end to our season. Stan Salett
Must the past be prologue? Stephen Kotkin
The most popular product 20 years from now, that everyone uses, has not been invented yet. That means that you're not late. Kevin Kelly
The future belongs to those who change it. Amazon.com
The Future Belongs to Those Who are Fast Jim Carroll (Futurist)
Barak Obama is a chess player in a town full of checkers players. David Plouffe
Our fate as a nation and our future as a people rest not upon one citizen but upon all citizens. Lyndon B. Johnson
While significant differences between our governments continue, the progress of the last two years reminds the world of what is possible when we are defined not by the past but by the future we can build together. Ned Price
Distance is collapsing in our world. People all over the world are having difficulty imagining their future, and their governments just tell them about the virtues of the past. Mohsin Hamid
Man will put foward a goal to raise himself to a new level to create a higher sicio-biological type. Leon Trotsky
Americans look foward to their posterity rather than backward to their ancestors. John Quincy Adams
It is difficult to conceive any more proper and appropriate symbol of militarism than that which the Anti- Preparedness' Committee has hit upon. What could be more like the heavy, stumbling, clumsy brutal foolery which is destroying Europe than those old monsters of the past, the armored dinosaurs? These beasts, all armor-plate and no brains, had no more intelligent way of living than that of 'adequate preparedness.' All their difficulties were to be met by piling on more and more armor, until at last they sank by their own clumsy weight into the marsh lands ... Here was an animal unable to do even a little intelligent thinking. Its brain cavity in proportion to the size of its body was more diminutive than that of any other vertebrate. Like the militarist, therefore, it was unable to conceive of any intelligent foreign policy. Moreover, its vision was limited. Its eyes were small and could look only in a sidewise direction. It could not look ahead. Walter G. Fuller
Presidents look back seeking both inspiration for the future and sanction for the moment Jon Meacham
In the coming years, breakthroughs in transparency will come from Silicon Valley rather than Geneva. Sean P. Larkin
As Chile gets closer to the income levels of developed countries, the challenge become more complicated, and we can’t grow along the same path. The drivers for growth will be different tomorrow than they were yesterday. Michelle Bachelet
How do we build an intelligent plan for growth over decades while responding to citizen’s immediate demands for less inequality and more opportunity. We must do both. Michelle Bachelet
You'll find the future wherever people are having the most fun. Steven Johnson
We know, deep down, that repression is not the wave of the future. We know that the desire for freedom is not confined to, or owned by, any culture; it is the inborn hope of our humanity. We know that free governments are the only way to ensure that the strong are just and the weak are valued. And we know that when we lose sight of our ideals, it is not democracy that has failed. It is the failure of those charged with preserving and protecting democracy. George W. Bush
The fates will lead you to the future or drag you there. Seneca the Younger
The most important resource of counties of the future will be the number of math trained brains. Andrew W. Moore
The remarkable failure in our time of political and military prediction. It is curious to reflect that out of al the ‘experts’ of all the schools, there was not a single one who was able to foresee so likely an event as the Russo-German Pact of 1939 George Orwell
The victories of the New Deal didn't happen just because suddenly everybody understood the brutalities of laissez-faire. This was a time, let's remember, of tremendous ideological ferment, when many different ideas about how to organize societies did battle with one another in the public square. A time when humanity dared to dream big about different kinds of futures, many of them organized along radically egalitarian lines. Now, not all of these ideas were good but this was an era of explosive imagining. This meant that the movements demanding change knew what they were against -- crushing poverty, widening inequality -- but just as important, they knew what they were for. They had their "no" and they had their "yes," too. They also had very different models of political organization than we do today. Naomi Klein
Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it. Winston Churchill
The future belongs to those who prepare for it today. Malcolm X
The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious. John Sculley
The educational institutions of today determine the ecomomies of tomorrow. Andreas Schleicher
R.U.R. (Rossum's Universal Robots) Karel Capek

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