Future Quotes

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

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

I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones.

Why didn't I learn to treat everything like it was the last time. My greatest regret was how much I believed in the future.

Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.

Faith    Future    God    Trust

You realize that our mistrust of the future makes it hard to give up the past.


Chuck Palahniuk

Future    Life    Past

It's amazing how a little tomorrow can make up for a whole lot of yesterday.

Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.

Carpe diem    Future    Past    Present    Time

You can't stop the future
You can't rewind the past
The only way to learn the secret
...is to press play.

Change    Future    Play    Rewind    Secret    Stop

Knowing too much of your future is never a good thing.

The past is always tense, the future perfect.

Future    Grammar    Language    Past

The future depends on what you do today.

Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present.

Unfortunately, the clock is ticking, the hours are going by. The past increases, the future recedes. Possibilities decreasing, regrets mounting.

Clock    Future    Past    Possibilities    Ticking    Time

Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don't believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave; be strong; take your pills. Exercise because it's good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds. Eat when food itself disgusts you. Reason with yourself when you have lost your reason.

Belief    Bravery    Courage    Depression    Eating    Exercise    Food    Future    Life    Living    Love    Loved ones    Medication    Memories    Reason    Strength

When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat?

I have learned that if you must leave a place that you have lived in and loved and where all your yesteryears are buried deep, leave it any way except a slow way, leave it the fastest way you can. Never turn back and never believe that an hour you remember is a better hour because it is dead. Passed years seem safe ones, vanquished ones, while the future lives in a cloud, formidable from a distance.

West with the Night

Beryl Markham

West with the Night
Anchoring    Attachment    Belonging    Future    Home    Homelessness    Leaving    Memories    Memory    Moving on    Past    Reminiscence    Roots    Uncertainty

When I pronounce the word Future,
the first syllable already belongs to the past.
When I pronounce the word Silence,
I destroy it.

Poems New and Collected

Wisława Szymborska

Poems New and Collected

No one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.

Alone    Buddha    Buddhism    Destiny    Fate    Future    Lone    Past    Path    Present    Save    Saying    Walk

The future is there... looking back at us. Trying to make sense of the fiction we will have become.

Pattern Recognition

William Gibson

Pattern Recognition

Ester asked why people are sad.
"That’s simple," says the old man. "They are the prisoners of their personal history. Everyone believes that the main aim in life is to follow a plan. They never ask if that plan is theirs or if it was created by another person. They accumulate experiences, memories, things, other people's ideas, and it is more than they can possibly cope with. And that is why they forget their dreams.

The Zahir

Paulo Coelho

The Zahir
Dreams    Future    Happiness    Life    Plans    Sadness

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

Someone needs to tell those tales. When the battles are fought and won and lost, when the pirates find their treasures and the dragons eat their foes for breakfast with a nice cup of Lapsang souchong, someone needs to tell their bits of overlapping narrative. There's magic in that. It's in the listener, and for each and every ear it will be different, and it will affect them in ways they can never predict. From the mundane to the profound. You may tell a tale that takes up residence in someone's soul, becomes their blood and self and purpose. That tale will move them and drive them and who knows what they might do because of it, because of your words. That is your role, your gift. Your sister may be able to see the future, but you yourself can shape it, boy. Do not forget that... there are many kinds of magic, after all.

The Night Circus

Erin Morgenstern

The Night Circus
Future    Gifts    Magic    Past    Possibilities    Stories    Talents

You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you'll escape one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.

Future    Labyrinth    Life    Past    Present

Girls you've gotta know when it's time to turn the page.

I'm choosing happiness over suffering, I know I am. I'm making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises.

Study the past if you would define the future.

It is by no means an irrational fancy that, in a future existence, we shall look upon what we think our present existence, as a dream.

Age    Dark    Dreaming    Dreams    Future    Inspirational    Past    Time

The future is uncertain but the end is always near.

Doom    Future    Time

I love that you get cold when it's 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you're looking at me like I'm nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it's not because I'm lonely, and it's not because it's New Year's Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.

Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.

Equanimity    Future    Inspirational    Reason    Stoic    Stoicism    Worry

The past was always there, lived inside of you, and it helped to make you who you were. But it had to be placed in perspective. The past could not dominate the future.

I never think of the future - it comes soon enough.

The future is already here – it's just not evenly distributed.
The Economist, December 4, 2003

People were always getting ready for tomorrow. I didn't believe in that. Tomorrow wasn't getting ready for them. It didn't even know they were there.

The Road

Cormac McCarthy

The Road

Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so.

Relax, having kids is years away. But can you imagine? Your brains, my charm, our collective good looks... then add in the usual physical abilities dhampirs get.
It's really not even fair to everyone else.

The Fiery Heart

Richelle Mead

The Fiery Heart

The best way to predict your future is to create it.

The future came and went in the mildly discouraging way that futures do.

For millions of years, mankind lived just like the animals. Then something happened which unleashed the power of our imagination. We learned to talk and we learned to listen. Speech has allowed the communication of ideas, enabling human beings to work together to build the impossible. Mankind's greatest achievements have come about by talking, and its greatest failures by not talking. It doesn't have to be like this. Our greatest hopes could become reality in the future. With the technology at our disposal, the possibilities are unbounded. All we need to do is make sure we keep talking.

Future    Ideas    Science    Talking

Walk with the dreamers, the believers, the courageous, the cheerful, the planners, the doers, the successful people with their heads in the clouds and their feet on the ground. Let their spirit ignite a fire within you to leave this world better than when you found it...

Courage    Dreams    Future    Inspirational    Life    Spirit    Success

We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.

People are all over the world telling their one dramatic story and how their life has turned into getting over this one event. Now their lives are more about the past than their future.

Invisible Monsters

Chuck Palahniuk

Invisible Monsters

The future starts today, not tomorrow.

Carpe diem    Future    Present    Time

I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is.

Future    Illusion    Past    Present    Time

The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty: not knowing what comes next.

The Left Hand of Darkness

Ursula K. Le Guin

The Left Hand of Darkness

And I realized that there's a big difference between deciding to leave and knowing where to go.

When you make a choice, you change the future.

Choice    Choosing    Future    Genius    Life    Mind    Wisdom

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

Dream    Future    Ghost    Past    Present    Time

The future you have, tomorrow, won't be the same future you had, yesterday.



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