Quotations About / On: FUTURE
There are certain moments when we might wish the future were built by men of the past.
(Jean Rostand (1894-1977), French biologist, writer. repr. In The Substance of Man (1962). Carnets d'un Biologiste, p. 196.)
A fixed image of the future is in the worst sense ahistorical.
(Juliet Mitchell (b. 1940), New Zealand author. "WomenThe Longest Revolution," New Left Review (London, Nov./Dec. 1966).)
Each of us enters the world because hope for the future preceded us.
(Marge Kennedy (20th century), U.S. author. 100 Things You Can Do to Keep Your Family Together..., Introduction to part 1 (1994).)
Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.
(George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. Nineteen Eighty-Four, pt. 1, ch. 3 (1949).
Ingsoc party slogan.)
The future is made of the same stuff as the present.
(Simone Weil (1909-1943), French philosopher, mystic. On Science, Necessity, and the Love of God, ed. Richard Rees (1968). "Some Thoughts on the Love of God," (Oct. 1940-May 1942).)
At sixty, I would like to give my future back its vistas of uncertainty.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)
What seems to us serious, significant and important will, in future times, be forgotten or won't seem important at all.
(Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. Vershinin in Three Sisters, act 1.)
... disconnecting from change does not recapture the past. It loses the future.
(Kathleen Norris (b. 1947), U.S. poet and farmer. Dakota, ch. 9 (1993).)
[On being asked "what sort of future she anticipates having":] A very short one.
(Jeanne Calment (b. c. 1875), French: "oldest known living person." As quoted in Newsweek magazine, p. 23 (March 6, 1995).)
The country that is more developed industrially only shows, to the less developed, the image of its own future.
(Karl Marx (1818-1883), German political theorist, social philosopher. Capital, preface (first edition, 1867).)