Quotations About / On: FUTURE

  • 21.
    I have been over into the future, and it works.
    (Lincoln Steffens (1866-1936), U.S. writer, editor. Quoted in Steffens, Autobiography, ch. 18 (1931). Remark to financier Bernard Baruch, on his return from the Soviet Union in 1919; he made the same remark in a letter, April 3, 1919.)
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  • 22.
    This monster of a land, this mightiest of nations, this spawn of the future, turns out to be the macrocosm of microcosm me.
    (John Steinbeck (1902-1968), U.S. author. Travels With Charley: in Search of America, pt. 3 (1962).)
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  • 23.
    You cannot fight against the future. Time is on our side.
    (W.E. (William Ewart) Gladstone (1809-1898), British statesman. Speech, April 27, 1866, to the House of Commons. On the Reform Bill.)
  • 24.
    Every great work of art has two faces, one toward its own time and one toward the future, toward eternity.
    (Daniel Barenboim (b. 1942), Argentinian-born Israeli pianist, conductor. International Herald Tribune (Paris, January 20, 1989).)
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  • 25.
    A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.
    (Honoré De Balzac (1799-1850), French novelist. Renée de l'Estorade in a letter Louise de Macumer, in Letters of Two Brides (Mémoires de Deux Jeunes Mariées), in La Presse (1841-1842), Souverain (1842), included in the Scènes de la Vie Privée in the Comédie humaine (1845, trans. by George Saintsbury, 1971).)
  • 26.
    Promises are the uniquely human way of ordering the future, making it predictable and reliable to the extent that this is humanly possible.
    (Hannah Arendt (1906-1975), German-born U.S. political philosopher. "Civil Disobedience," Crises of the Republic (1972).)
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  • 27.
    The essence of statesmanship is not a rigid adherence to the past, but a prudent and probing concern for the future.
    (Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978), U.S. Democratic politician, vice president. Speech, March 30, 1967, Bonn, Germany.)
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  • 28.
    There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
    (Graham Greene (1904-1991), British novelist. The Power and the Glory, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1940).)
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  • 29.
    There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
    (Graham Greene (1901-1994), British author. The Power and the Glory, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1940).)
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  • 30.
    The future is the worst thing about the present.
    (Gustave Flaubert (1821-1880), French novelist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Pensées de Gustave Flaubert, p. 1, Conard (1915).)
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