Quotes about the future

A collection of quotes on the topic of dreams, future, past, paste.

Best quotes about the future

Paul Valéry photo

„The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.“

—  Paul Valéry French poet, essayist, and philosopher 1871 - 1945

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John Lennon photo

„Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.“

—  John Lennon English singer and songwriter 1940 - 1980

"Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)"; similar expressions were used by others prior to Lennon's use of this line, and have been attributed to Betty Talmadge, Thomas La Mance, Margaret Millar, William Gaddis, and Lily Tomlin, but the earliest known published occurrence was the 1957 attribution of "Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans." to Allen Saunders in Reader's Digest, according to The Quote Verifier : Who Said What, Where, and When (2006) by Ralph Keyes
Lyrics, Double Fantasy (1980)
Variant: Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans.
Variant: Life is what happens while you are making other plans.

Jim Morrison photo
Eleanor Roosevelt photo

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

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

Often attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt without an original source in her writings, for example in the introduction to It Seems to Me : Selected Letters of Eleanor Roosevelt (2001) by Leonard C. Schlup and Donald W. Whisenhunt, p. 2 http://books.google.com/books?id=UeFWjTMcLZYC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA2#v=onepage&q&f=false. But archivists have not been able to find the quote in any of her writings, see the comment from Ralph Keyes in The Quote Verifier above.
Disputed

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Victor Hugo photo

„There is nothing like a dream to create the future.“

—  Victor Hugo, book Les Misérables

Source: Les Misérables

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„I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

Attributed in The Encarta Book of Quotations http://books.google.com/books?id=Af84fBmzmVYC&pg=PA305&dq=Belgenland to an interview on the Belgenland (December 1930), which was the ship on which he arrived in New York that month. According to The Ultimate Quotable Einstein by Alice Calaprice (2010), p. 18 http://books.google.com/books?id=G_iziBAPXtEC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA18#v=onepage&q&f=false, the quote also appears as "Aphorism, 1945-1946" in the Einstein Archives 36-570. Calaprice speculates that "perhaps it was recalled later and inserted into the archives under the later date." According to a snippet on Google Books, the phrase '"I never think of the future," he said. "It comes soon enough."' appears in The Literary Digest: Volume 107 on p. 29, in an article titled "We May Not 'Get' Relativity, But We Like Einstein" from 27 December 1930 http://books.google.com/books?id=T0A_AAAAMAAJ&q=%22we+like+einstein%22#search_anchor. The snippet http://books.google.com/books?id=T0A_AAAAMAAJ&q=belgenland+%22I+never+think+of+the+future%22+%22it+comes+soon+enough%22#search_anchor also discusses the "welcome to Professor Einstein on the Belgenland" in New York
1930s

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Woody Allen photo

„If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.“

—  Woody Allen American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, playwright, and musician 1935

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Bob Marley photo

„Only once in your life, I truly believe, you find someone who can completely turn your world around. You tell them things that you’ve never shared with another soul and they absorb everything you say and actually want to hear more. You share hopes for the future, dreams that will never come true, goals that were never achieved and the many disappointments life has thrown at you. When something wonderful happens, you can’t wait to tell them about it, knowing they will share in your excitement. They are not embarrassed to cry with you when you are hurting or laugh with you when you make a fool of yourself. Never do they hurt your feelings or make you feel like you are not good enough, but rather they build you up and show you the things about yourself that make you special and even beautiful. There is never any pressure, jealousy or competition but only a quiet calmness when they are around. You can be yourself and not worry about what they will think of you because they love you for who you are. The things that seem insignificant to most people such as a note, song or walk become invaluable treasures kept safe in your heart to cherish forever. Memories of your childhood come back and are so clear and vivid it’s like being young again. Colours seem brighter and more brilliant. Laughter seems part of daily life where before it was infrequent or didn’t exist at all. A phone call or two during the day helps to get you through a long day’s work and always brings a smile to your face. In their presence, there’s no need for continuous conversation, but you find you’re quite content in just having them nearby. Things that never interested you before become fascinating because you know they are important to this person who is so special to you. You think of this person on every occasion and in everything you do. Simple things bring them to mind like a pale blue sky, gentle wind or even a storm cloud on the horizon. You open your heart knowing that there’s a chance it may be broken one day and in opening your heart, you experience a love and joy that you never dreamed possible. You find that being vulnerable is the only way to allow your heart to feel true pleasure that’s so real it scares you. You find strength in knowing you have a true friend and possibly a soul mate who will remain loyal to the end. Life seems completely different, exciting and worthwhile. Your only hope and security is in knowing that they are a part of your life.“

—  Bob Marley Jamaican singer, songwriter, musician 1945 - 1981

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Marek Żukow-Karczewski photo

„For several years we have witnessed climatic irregularities that prompt fear and anxiety about the conditions of our future existence. However, the climatic anomalies occurred also in the past when the blame for environmental destruction could hardly be put on humans.“

—  Marek Żukow-Karczewski Polish historian, journalist and opinion journalist 1961

Weather anomalies in Poland's past, "Aura" 7, 1990-07, p. 6-8. http://yadda.icm.edu.pl/yadda/element/bwmeta1.element.agro-545c16f1-b48e-46e2-a0d2-6a4babeeeea0?q=89e2d267-8e35-4c74-b570-25a195714d27$8&qt=IN_PAGE

Mwanandeke Kindembo photo
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John Dewey photo

„If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.“

—  John Dewey American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer 1859 - 1952

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„How can you say young girls don't get it? They're our future. Our future doctors, lawyers, mothers, presidents, they kind of keep the world going.“

—  Harry Styles English singer, songwriter, and actor 1994

Interview by Cameron Crowe in Rolling Stone (18 April 2017) http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/harry-styles-opens-up-about-famous-flings-honest-new-lp-w476928
Context: Who's to say that young girls who like pop music – short for popular, right? – have worse musical taste than a 30-year-old hipster guy? That's not up to you to say. Music is something that's always changing. There's no goal posts. Young girls like the Beatles. You gonna tell me they're not serious? How can you say young girls don't get it? They're our future. Our future doctors, lawyers, mothers, presidents, they kind of keep the world going. Teenage-girl fans – they don't lie. If they like you, they're there. They don't act 'too cool.' They like you, and they tell you. Which is sick.

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Carl Sagan photo

„Consider again that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar", every "supreme leader", every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there — on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds.
Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.
The Earth is the only world known so far to harbor life. There is nowhere else, at least in the near future, to which our species could migrate. Visit, yes. Settle, not yet. Like it or not, for the moment the Earth is where we make our stand.
It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.“

—  Carl Sagan, book Pale Blue Dot

Source: Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space (1994), p. 8, Supplemental image at randi.org http://www.randi.org/images/122801-BlueDot.jpg

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„Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.“

—  Malcolm X American human rights activist 1925 - 1965

Speech at Founding Rally of the Organization of Afro-American Unity (28 June 1964), as quoted in By Any Means Necessary (1970)
By any means necessary: speeches, interviews, and a letter (1970)
Variant: The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.
Source: Malcolm X, Black Liberation, and the Road to Workers' Power
Context: Education is an important element in the struggle for human rights. It is the means to help our children and our people rediscover their identity and thereby increase their self respect. Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs only to the people who prepare for it today.

Elon Musk photo

„It would be an incredible adventure. And life needs to be more than just solving every day problems. You need to wake up and be excited about the future“

—  Elon Musk South African-born American entrepreneur 1971

On "eyeing" for Mars, IAC 2016 meeting, presentation on sustainable Mars colonization.

Maya Angelou photo
Paul Watson photo

„It's dangerous & humiliating. The whalers killed whales while green peace watched. Now, you don't walk by a child that is being abused, you don't walk by a kitten that is being kicked to death and do nothing. So I find it abhorrent to sit there and watch a whale being slaughtered and do nothing but "bear witness" as they call it. I think it was best illustrated a few years ago, the contradictions that we have, when a ranger in Zimbabwe shot and killed a poacher that was about to kill a black rhinoceros and uh human rights groups around the world said "how dare you? Take a human life to protect an animal". I think the rangers' answer to that really illustrated a hypocrisy. He said "Ya know, if I lived in, If I was a police officer in Herrari and a man ran out of Bark Place Bank with a bag of money and I shot him in the head in front of everybody and killed him, you'd pin a medal on me and call me a national hero. Why is that bag of paper more valued than the future heritage of this nation?" This is our values. WE fight, WE kill, WE risk our lives for things we believe in… Imagine going into Mecca, walk up to the black stone and spit on it. See how far you get. You’re not going to get very far. You’re going to be torn to pieces. Walk into Jerusalem, walk up to that wailing wall with a pick axe, start whacking away. See how far you’re going to get, somebody is going to put a bullet in your back. And everybody will say you deserved it. Walk into the Vatican with a hammer, start smashing a few statues. See how far you’re going to get. Not very far. But each and every day, ya know, people go into the most beautiful, most profoundly sacred cathedrals of this planet, the rainforests of the Amazonia, the redwood forests of California, the rainforests of Indonesia, and totally desecrate & destroy these cathedrals with bulldozers, chainsaws and how do we respond to that? Oh, we write a few letters and protest; we dress up in animal costumes with picket signs and jump up and down; but if the rainforests of Amazonia and redwoods of California, were as, or had as much value to us as a chunk of old meteorite in Mecca, a decrepit old wall in Jerusalem or a piece of old marble in the Vatican, we would literally rip those pieces limb from limb for the act of blasphemy that we’re committing but we won’t do that because nature is an abstraction, wilderness is an abstraction. It has no value in our anthropocentric world where the only thing we value is that which is created by humans.“

—  Paul Watson Canadian environmental activist 1950

Mwanandeke Kindembo photo
Citát „The greatest danger to our future is apathy.“
Jane Goodall photo

„The greatest danger to our future is apathy.“

—  Jane Goodall British primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist 1934

"The Power of One", Time Magazine (26 August 2002)

Nikola Tesla photo
Corrie ten Boom photo
Leon Trotsky photo

„Life is beautiful. Let the future generations cleanse it of all evil, oppression and violence, and enjoy it to the full.“

—  Leon Trotsky Marxist revolutionary from Russia 1879 - 1940

Trotsky's Testament (1940)
Context: Natasha has just come up to the window from the courtyard and opened it wider so that the air may enter more freely into my room. I can see the bright green strip of grass beneath the wall, and the clear blue sky above the wall, and sunlight everywhere. Life is beautiful. Let the future generations cleanse it of all evil, oppression and violence, and enjoy it to the full.

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George Orwell photo
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James Joyce photo
Stephen Hawking photo

„If time travel is possible, where are the tourists from the future?“

—  Stephen Hawking, book A Brief History of Time

Source: A Brief History of Time

Paramahansa Yogananda photo
Thich Nhat Hanh photo

„The best way to take care of the future is to take care of the present moment.“

—  Thich Nhat Hanh Religious leader and peace activist 1926

Source: Living Buddha, Living Christ

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Corneliu Zelea Codreanu photo
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„Everyone has got to realise you can't hold onto the past if you want any future. Each second should lead to the next one.“

—  Joe Strummer British musician, singer, actor and songwriter 1952 - 2002

Interview for Sounds Magazine on 17 July 1982. [Armed Combat, Sounds Magazine, 17 July 1982]

Hans-Hermann Hoppe photo
Leonard Bernstein photo

„A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future.“

—  Leonard Bernstein American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist 1918 - 1990

Leonard Bernstein, statement of 1953, quoted in A Wonderful Life : 50 Eulogies to Lift the Spirit (2006) by Cyrus M. Copeland, p. 190

Max Planck photo

„We have no right to assume that any physical laws exist, or if they have existed up to now, that they will continue to exist in a similar manner in the future.“

—  Max Planck German theoretical physicist 1858 - 1947

The Universe in the Light of Modern Physics (1931)

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„There's no future without the past and anybody who doesn't really understand where jazz has come from has no right to try to direct where it's going.“

—  Cannonball Adderley American jazz alto saxophonist 1928 - 1975

Interviewed by the "Chicago SEED", November 1968

Nathuram Godse photo
Charles Thomson photo

„Let the world admire the supposed wisdom and valor of our great men. Perhaps they may adopt the qualities that have been ascribed to them, and thus good may be done. I shall not undeceive future generations.“

—  Charles Thomson American patriot leader (1729-1824) 1729 - 1824

Remarks on his abandonment of a personal account of the early history of the United States and the American Revolution, as quoted by Benjamin Rush in his memoirs.

Mwanandeke Kindembo photo
Albert Einstein photo

„Past is dead
Future is uncertain;
Present is all you have,
So eat, drink and live merry.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

Noam Chomsky photo
Robert Walser photo
Alan Turing photo

„We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done.“

—  Alan Turing, Computing Machinery and Intelligence

Source: Computing Machinery and Intelligence (1950), p. 460.
Source: Computing machinery and intelligence

Jonathan Edwards photo

„Grace is the seed of glory, the dawning of glory in the heart, and therefore grace is the earnest of the future inheritance.“

—  Jonathan Edwards Christian preacher, philosopher, and theologian 1703 - 1758

Source: The Religious Affections

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Adolf Hitler photo

„He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.“

—  Adolf Hitler Führer and Reich Chancellor of Germany, Leader of the Nazi Party 1889 - 1945

Nikola Tesla photo

„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, is mine.“

—  Nikola Tesla Serbian American inventor 1856 - 1943

On patent controversies regarding the invention of Radio and other things, as quoted in "A Visit to Nikola Tesla" by Dragislav L. Petković in Politika (April 1927); as quoted in Tesla, Master of Lightning (1999) by Margaret Cheney, Robert Uth, and Jim Glenn, p. 73 ISBN 0760710058 </small> ; also in Tesla: Man Out of Time (2001) by Margaret Cheney, p. 230 <small> ISBN 0743215362

Padre Pio photo
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Louise L. Hay photo
Paulo Freire photo

„Looking at the past must only be a means of understanding more clearly what and who they are so that they can more wisely build the future.“

—  Paulo Freire, book Pedagogy of the Oppressed

Source: Pedagogia do oprimido (Pedagogy of the Oppressed) (1968, English trans. 1970), Chapter 2

Aldo Leopold photo
Lois Lowry photo

„For all for children
To whom we entrust the future“

—  Lois Lowry, book The Giver

Source: The Giver

Fritjof Capra photo
H.P. Lovecraft photo

„For those who relish speculation regarding the future, the tale of supernatural horror provides an interesting field.“

—  H.P. Lovecraft American author 1890 - 1937

Source: The Annotated Supernatural Horror in Literature: Revised and Enlarged

Jim Carrey photo
P. W. Botha photo

„We do not know what tomorrow will bring. We are not prophets. This is a step in the dark. We can only proceed into the future with faith.“

—  P. W. Botha South African prime minister 1916 - 2006

As prime minister, introducing the 4th Amendment to the Constitution Bill, 23 May 1980, which envisaged a tricameral corporate federation. Cited in The Star, and Pieter-Dirk Uys, 1987, PW Botha in his own words, p. 27

Chinmayananda Saraswati photo

„Disappointment can come only to those who make appointments with the future.“

—  Chinmayananda Saraswati Indian spiritual teacher 1916 - 1993

Quotations from Gurudev’s teachings, Chinmya Mission Chicago
Variant: Disappointment can come only to those who make appointments with the future.

Eckhart Tolle photo
Alfred Jodl photo
Peter F. Drucker photo

„Universities won't survive. The future is outside the traditional campus, outside the traditional classroom. Distance learning is coming on fast.“

—  Peter F. Drucker American business consultant 1909 - 2005

I got my degree through E-mail http://www.forbes.com/forbes/1997/0616/5912084a.html, Forbes (June 16, 1997)
1990s and later

Thomas Sankara photo

„I would like to leave behind me the conviction that if we maintain a certain amount of caution and organization we deserve victory. … You cannot carry out fundamental change without a certain amount of madness. In this case, it comes from nonconformity, the courage to turn your back on the old formulas, the courage to invent the future. It took the madmen of yesterday for us to be able to act with extreme clarity today. I want to be one of those madmen. … We must dare to invent the future.“

—  Thomas Sankara President of Upper Volta 1949 - 1987

From 1985 interview with Swiss Journalist Jean-Philippe Rapp, translated from Sankara: Un nouveau pouvoir africain by Jean Ziegler. Lausanne, Switzerland: Editions Pierre-Marcel Favre, 1986. In Thomas Sankara Speaks: The Burkina Faso Revolution 1983-87. trans. Samantha Anderson. New York: Pathfinder, 1988. pp. 141-144.

Heinrich Heine photo

„The future smells of Russian leather, of blood, of godlessness and of much whipping. I advise our grandchildren to come into the world with very thick skin on their backs.“

—  Heinrich Heine German poet, journalist, essayist, and literary critic 1797 - 1856

Lutetia; or, Paris. From the Augsberg Gazette, 12, VII (1842)

Gabe Newell photo

„The programmers of tomorrow are the wizards of the future.“

—  Gabe Newell American computer programmer and businessman 1962

YouTube - What Most Schools Don't Teach, code.org, 2013-02-26, 2014-11-22 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nKIu9yen5nc,

Terence McKenna photo
Giuseppe Verdi photo

„I wish that every young man when he begins to write music would not concern himself with being a melodist, a harmonist, a realist, an idealist or a futurist or any other such devilish pedantic things. Melody and harmony should be simply tools in the hands of the artist, with which he creates music; and if a day comes when people stop talking about the German school, the Italian school, the past, the future, etc., etc., then art will perhaps come into its own.“

—  Giuseppe Verdi Italian composer 1813 - 1901

Io…vorrei che il giovane quando si mette a scrivere, non pensasse mai ad essere né melodista, né realista, né idealista, né avvenirista, né tutti i diavoli che si portino queste pedanterie. La melodia e l’armonia non devono essere che mezzi nella mano dell'artista per fare della Musica, e se verrà un giorno in cui non si parlerà più né di melodia né di armonia né di scuole tedesche, italiane, né di passato né di avvenire ecc. ecc. ecc. allora forse comincierà il regno dell'arte.
Letter to Opprandino Arrivabene, July 14, 1875, cited from Julian Budden Le opere di Verdi (Torino: E.D.T., 1986) vol. 2, p. 60; translation from Josiah Fisk and Jeff Nichols (eds.) Composers on Music (Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1997) p. 126

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Jagadish Chandra Bose photo
Zhang Zai photo

„To ordain conscience for Heaven and Earth, to secure life and fortune for the people, to continue the lost teachings of past sages, and to establish peace for all future generations.“

—  Zhang Zai Chinese philosopher 1020 - 1077

Complete Works of Master Zhang, "Supplements to Reflections on Things at Hand", as quoted in Wang Chunyong's Famous Chinese Sayings Quoted by Wen Jiabao, trans. Chan Sin-wai (Hong Kong: Chung Hwa Book Co., 2009), p. 10
Original: (zh) 为天地立心,为生民立命,为往圣继绝学,为万世开太平。

„We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children“

—  David Lane (white nationalist) American white supremacist, convicted felon 1938 - 2007

David Lane
Variant: We must secure the existence of our people and a future for white children.

George S. Patton photo

„So forever in the future,
Shall I battle as of yore,
Dying to be born a fighter,
But to die again, once more.“

—  George S. Patton United States Army general 1885 - 1945

Through A Glass, Darkly (1918)
Context: So as through a glass, and darkly
The age long strife I see
Where I fought in many guises,
Many names, but always me. And I see not in my blindness
What the objects were I wrought,
But as God rules o'er our bickerings
It was through His will I fought. So forever in the future,
Shall I battle as of yore,
Dying to be born a fighter,
But to die again, once more.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg photo

„Dissents speak to a future age.“

—  Ruth Bader Ginsburg Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1933

Interview with Nina Totenberg of National Public Radio (May 2, 2002)
Context: Dissents speak to a future age. It's not simply to say, 'My colleagues are wrong and I would do it this way.' But the greatest dissents do 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.

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Jane Goodall photo

„The greatest danger to our future is apathy. We cannot expect those living in poverty and ignorance to worry about saving the world. For those of us able to read this magazine, it is different. We can do something to preserve our planet.“

—  Jane Goodall British primatologist, ethologist, and anthropologist 1934

"The Power of One", TIME Magazine (26 August 2002) http://content.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1003125,00.html

Margaret Thatcher photo

„If you take the tough decisions, people will hate you today, but they will love you in generations.“

—  Margaret Thatcher British stateswoman and politician 1925 - 2013

Source: movie The Iron Lady

Mwanandeke Kindembo photo
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Maya Angelou photo
Sylvia Plath photo

„The future is what matters — because one never reaches it, but always stays in the present — like the White Queen who had to run like the wind to remain in the same spot.“

—  Sylvia Plath American poet, novelist and short story writer 1932 - 1963

Source: The Unabridged Journals of Sylvia Plath

Bill Cosby photo

„The past is a ghost, the future a dream and all we ever have is now.“

—  Bill Cosby American actor, comedian, author, producer, musician, activist 1937

Dr. Seuss photo

„Only you can control your future.“

—  Dr. Seuss American children's writer and illustrator, co-founder of Beginner Books 1904 - 1991

„I don't need a "reason" to be happy. I don't have to consult the future to know how happy I feel now.“

—  Hugh Prather American writer 1938 - 2010

Source: Notes to Myself: My Struggle to Become a Person

Eleanor Roosevelt photo

„Beautiful young people are accidents of nature, but beautiful old people are works of art.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

Iris Chang photo
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„The future is called "perhaps," which is the only possible thing to call the future. And the important thing is not to allow that to scare you.“

—  Tennessee Williams, Orpheus Descending

Source: "The Past, the Present and the Perhaps," http://books.google.com/books?id=mTRaAAAAMAAJ&q=%22The+future+is+called+perhaps+which+is+the+only+possible+thing+to+call+the+future+And+the+important+thing+is+not+to+allow+that+to+scare+you%22&pg=PA7#v=onepage introduction to Orpheus Descending (1957)

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„… the wicked lie, that the past is always tense and the future, perfect.“

—  Zadie Smith, book White Teeth

Variant: A past tense, future perfect kind of night.
Source: White Teeth (2000)