a world without future, each parting of friends is a
death. In a world without future, each loneliness is
final. In a world without future, each laugh is the last
laugh. In a world without future, beyond the present lies
nothingness, and people cling to the present as if hanging
from a cliff. -Alan Lightman,
may never come to us. We do not live in tomorrow. We cannot
find it in any of our title-deeds. The man who owns whole blocks
of real estate, and great ships on the sea, does not own a single
minute of tomorrow. Tomorrow! It is a mysterious possibility, not
yet born. It lies under the seal of midnight--behind the veil of
glittering constellations. -E.H. Chapin
leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you.
always free to change your mind and choose a different future, or a
different past. -Richard
the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for
it today. -Malcom X
you can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them
looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect
in your future. You have to trust in something--your gut, destiny, life,
karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all
the difference in my life. -Steve Jobs
The future is literally in
our hands to mold as we like. But we cannot wait until tomorrow.
Tomorrow is now.
The minute you alter your
perception of yourself and your future, both you and your future begin to
Nobody can really guarantee
the future. The best we can do is size up the chances, calculate the
risks involved, estimate our ability to deal with them and then make our
plans with confidence. -Henry Ford II
The future you shall know
when it has come; before then, forget it. -Aeschylus
The future is
not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present,
but a place that is created--created first in the mind and will, created
next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we
are creating. -John Schaar
best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.
it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who
let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what
happened. -John M. Richardson, Jr.
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. -Marcus
If we are worried about the
future, then we must look today at the upbringing of
children. -Gordon B. Hinckley, Standing for
We may not be able to
prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our
children for the future. -Franklin D. Roosevelt
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. -Noam Chomsky
It's being here now that's
important. There's no past and there's no future. Time is a very
misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience
from the past, but we can't relive it; and we can hope for the future, but
we don't know if there is one. -George Harrison
didn't I learn to treat everything like it was the last time?
My greatest regret was how much I believed in the
future. -Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely
Loud and Incredibly Close
future is simply infinite possibility waiting to happen.
What it waits on is human imagination to crystallize its
possibility. -Leland Kaiser
Human beings appear to be happy just so long as they have a future to which they can look forward—whether it be a “good time” tomorrow or an everlasting life beyond the grave. For various reasons, more and more people find it hard to believe in the latter. On the other hand, the former has the disadvantage that when this “good time” arrives, it is difficult to enjoy it to the full without some promise of more to come.
If happiness always depends on something expected in the future, we are chasing a will-o’-the-wisp that ever eludes our grasp, until the future, and ourselves, vanish into the abyss of death.
The Wisdom of Insecurity
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