„The future ain't what it used to be.“

—  Yogi Berra

When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!: Inspiration and Wisdom from One of Baseball's Greatest Heroes, Hyperion, 2002, ISBN 0786867752, p. 159.
Paul Valery (1937): "The future, like everything else, is no longer quite what it used to be.". Translated in English in 1948 in Our Destiny and Literature.
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American baseball player, manager, coach 1925 - 2015

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—  K. A. Bedford Australian writer 1963

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„Armageddon is not around the corner. This is only what the people of violence want us to believe. The complexity and diversity of the world is the hope for the future.“

—  Michael Palin British comedian, actor, writer and television presenter 1943

"Letter from London" (18 September 2003) http://palinstravels.co.uk/static-51?topic=1752&forum=12
Context: Contrary to what the politicians and religious leaders would like us to believe, the world won’t be made safer by creating barriers between people. Cries of “They’re evil, let’s get ‘em” or “The infidels must die” sound frightening, but they’re desperately empty of argument and understanding. They’re the rallying cries of prejudice, the call to arms of those who find it easier to hate than admit they might be not be right about everything.
Armageddon is not around the corner. This is only what the people of violence want us to believe. The complexity and diversity of the world is the hope for the future.

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„Science fiction pretends to look into the future but it’s really looking at a reflection of what is already in front of us.“

—  Ray Bradbury American writer 1920 - 2012

The Paris Review interview (2010)
Context: I often use the metaphor of Perseus and the head of Medusa when I speak of science fiction. Instead of looking into the face of truth, you look over your shoulder into the bronze surface of a reflecting shield. Then you reach back with your sword and cut off the head of Medusa. Science fiction pretends to look into the future but it’s really looking at a reflection of what is already in front of us.

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„The future is a world limited by ourselves; in it we discover only what concerns us and, sometimes, by chance, what interests those whom we love the most.“

—  Maurice Maeterlinck Belgian playwright, poet, and essayist 1862 - 1949

Joyzelle, Act i, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

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„Our future is still ahead of us.“

—  Jimmy Quillen American politician 1916 - 2003

"Qullen more powerful at home than in D.C.". p. 8. Kingsport Times-News. 1992-10-04.
U.S. Rep. Quillen at Kingsport, Tennessee stump speech.

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„Telling the future is what organisms are for.“

—  Kevin Kelly American author and editor 1952

Out of Control: The New Biology of Machines, Social Systems and the Economic World (1995)

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„Future ages will wonder at us, as the present age wonders at us now.“

—  Pericles Greek statesman, orator, and general of Athens -494 - -429 BC

As quoted in Eternal Greece (1961) by Rex Warner, p. 34
Context: Future ages will wonder at us, as the present age wonders at us now. We do not need the praises of a Homer, or of anyone else whose words may delight us for the moment, but the estimation of facts will fall short of what is really true.

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„Beware not to use the future as an excuse to ignore living in the present.“

—  Neil Harbisson Catalan-Irish musician, artist and activist 1984

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„Full knowledge of the past helps us in dealing with the future.“

—  Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919

1910s, The Progressives, Past and Present (1910)
Context: Inasmuch as it is so often impossible to punish wrongs done in the past, and to prevent the consequences of the wrongs thus committed being felt by one innocent class, without shifting the burden to the shoulders of another innocent class, we ought to provide that hereafter business shall be carried on from its inception in such a way as to prevent swindling. Incidentally, this will also tend to prevent that excessive profit by one man, which may not be swindling, under existing laws, but which nevertheless is against the interest of the commonwealth. To know all the facts is of as much interest to the investor and the wage-worker as to the shipper, the producer, the consumer. Full knowledge of the past helps us in dealing with the future. If we find that high rates are due to overcapitalization n the past, or to any kind of sharp practice in the past, then, whether or not it is possible to take action which will partly remedy the wrong, we are certainly in a better position to prevent a repetition of the wrong.

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