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QUOTES ON THE FUTURE


The future was a pitch-black tunnel, ending in a locked door.

GUSTAVE FLAUBERT, Madame Bovary

Thou wonder world yet undefined, unform'd, neither do I define thee,
How can I pierce the impenetrable blank of the future?
I feel thy ominous greatness evil as well as good,
I watch thee advancing, absorbing the present, transcending the past,
I see thy light lighting, and thy shadow shadowing, as if the entire globe,
But I do not undertake to define thee, hardly to comprehend thee,
I but thee name, thee prophesy, as now,
I merely thee ejaculate!

WALT WHITMAN, Leaves of Grass

Time enough to think of the future when you haven't any future to think of.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW, Pygmalion

The future was a matter of keeping the past at bay.

TONI MORRISON, Beloved

There is no smooth road into the future: but we go round, or scramble over the obstacles.

D. H. LAWRENCE, Lady Chatterley's Lover

Future joys are like tropic shores: out into the immensity that lies before them they waft their native softness, a fragrant breeze that drugs the traveler into drowsiness and makes him careless of what awaits him on the horizon beyond his view.

GUSTAVE FLAUBERT, Madame Bovary

No skill in the world, nothing human can penetrate the future.

SOPHOCLES, Oedipus Rex

Behind all present happiness is concealed a fear for the future.

ALEXANDRE DUMAS, The Three Musketeers

You're always free to change your mind and choose a different future, or a different past.

RICHARD BACH, Illusions

The future does not much interest me. What is the future, after all, but a structure of hopes and expectations? It's residence is in the mind; it has no reality.

J. M. COETZEE, Elizabeth Costello

God alone knows where the future lies.

D. H. LAWRENCE, Lady Chatterley's Lover

In 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, Einstein's Dreams

To know what will come is the same as to make it so.

CORMAC MCCARTHY, Suttree