Future Quotes

It is not enough to understand, or to see clearly. The future will be shaped in the arena of human activity, by those willing to commit their minds and their bodies to the task.
– Robert Francis Kennedy
My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.
– Charles F. Kettering
We should all be concerned about the future because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there.
– Charles F. Kettering
The social object of skilled investment should be to defeat the dark forces of time and ignorance which envelope our future.
– John Maynard Keynes
We cannot always assure the future of our friends; we have a better chance of assuring our future if we remember who our friends are.
– Henry A. Kissinger
Nobody gets to live life backward. Look ahead, that is where your future lies.
– Ann Landers
Everything that looks to the future elevates human nature. Never is life so low or so little as when occupied with the present.
– Walter Savage Landor
Isn't it amazing the way the future succeeds in creating an appropriate past?
– John Leonard
We inadvertently bombed the Chinese Embassy. But Clinton now is working very hard. He has sent a letter of apology to the Chinese. And, he's also given them a gift certificate for future nuclear secrets.
– David Letterman
Let the workers organize. Let the toilers assemble. Let their crystallized voice proclaim their injustices and demand their privileges. Let all thoughtful citizens sustain them, for the future of Labor is the future of America.
– John L. Lewis
America, which has the most glorious present still existing in the world today, hardly stops to enjoy it, in her insatiable appetite for the future.
– Anne Morrow Lindbergh
The wave of the future is coming and there is no fighting it.
– Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Living in dreams of yesterday, we find ourselves still dreaming of impossible future conquests.
– Charles Lindbergh
Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart.
– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Business, more than any other occupation, is a continual dealing with the future; it is a continual calculation, an instinctive exercise in foresight.
– Henry R. Luce
Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now.
– Alan Lakein
I saw rock 'n' roll future and its name is Bruce Springsteen.
– Jon Landau
I've found that when the market's going down and you buy funds wisely, at some point in the future you will be happy. You won't get there by reading 'Now is the time to buy.'
– Peter Lynch
The earth we abuse and the living things we kill will, in the end, take their revenge; for in exploiting their presence we are diminishing our future.
– Marya Mannes
Every man gotta right to decide his own destiny.
– Bob Marley
Depression is the inability to construct a future.
– Rollo May
We drive into the future using only our rearview mirror.
– Marshall McLuhan
When you forgive, you in no way change the past - but you sure do change the future.
– Bernard Meltzer
My mission is a cosmic mission. My concern is for all of humanity, and not only this present world, but the world hereafter. My mission penetrates the past, present, and future, and encompasses all humanity.
– Sun Myung Moon
The enemies of the future are always the very nicest people.
– Christopher Morley
I touch the future. I teach.
– Christa McAuliffe
By concentrating on what is good in people, by appealing to their idealism and their sense of justice, and by asking them to put their faith in the future, socialists put themselves at a severe disadvantage.
– Ian Mcewan
All sciences are now under the obligation to prepare the ground for the future task of the philosopher, which is to solve the problem of value, to determine the true hierarchy of values.
– Friedrich Nietzsche
The future influences the present just as much as the past.
– Friedrich Nietzsche
All political thinking for years past has been vitiated in the same way. People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.
– George Orwell
Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.
– George Orwell
When did the future switch from being a promise to a threat?
– Chuck Palahniuk
If we examine our thoughts, we shall find them always occupied with the past and the future.
– Blaise Pascal
In each action we must look beyond the action at our past, present, and future state, and at others whom it affects, and see the relations of all those things. And then we shall be very cautious.
– Blaise Pascal
The future starts today, not tomorrow.
– Pope John Paul II
Our work is before us. It cannot be passed to future legislatures and must not be passed to future generations. May we boldly seize the moment with singular unity. And may we build a Texas of unlimited possibility.
– Rick Perry
The foundation for future prosperity is built on the bedrock of good jobs and great schools. We are building a strong foundation one job at a time and one educated Texan at a time.
– Rick Perry
I have reached a place in my life where I need to sit down and say, 'Well, what do I do? What's best for me?' I need to look into options for the future.
– Michael Phelps
To live only for some future goal is shallow. It's the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.
– Robert M. Pirsig
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.
– Edgar Allan Poe
But blind to former as to future fate, What mortal knows his pre-existent state?
– Alexander Pope
Hollywood films have become a cesspool of formula and it's up to us to try to change it... I feel like a preacher! But it's really true. I feel personally responsible for the future of American cinema. Me personally.
– Alexander Payne
The vast possibilities of our great future will become realities only if we make ourselves responsible for that future.
– Gifford Pinchot
A good education is that which prepares us for our future sphere of action and makes us contented with that situation in life in which God, in his infinite mercy, has seen fit to place us, to be perfectly resigned to our lot in life, whatever it may be.
– Ann Plato
In George Bush you get experience, and with me you get - The Future!
– Dan Quayle
The law of humanity ought to be composed of the past, the present, and the future, that we bear within us; whoever possesses but one of these terms, has but a fragment of the law of the moral world.
– Edgar Quinet
Fear of the future is worse than one's present fortune.
– Marcus Fabius Quintilian
Upper classes are a nation's past; the middle class is its future.
– Ayn Rand
While I take inspiration from the past, like most Americans, I live for the future.
– Ronald Reagan
We can choose between the future and the past, between reason and ignorance, between true compassion and mere ideology.
– Ron Reagan
In a time of tight budgets, difficult choices have to be made. We must make sure our very limited resources are spent on priorities. I believe we should have no higher priority than investing in our children's classrooms and in their future.
– Bob Riley
Man spends his life in reasoning on the past, in complaining of the present, in fearing future.
– Antoine Rivarol
We are the only beings on the planet who lead such rich internal lives that it's not the events that matter most to us, but rather, it's how we interpret those events that will determine how we think about ourselves and how we will act in the future.
– Anthony Robbins
Let others lead small lives, but not you. Let others argue over small things, but not you. Let others cry over small hurts, but not you. Let others leave their future in someone else's hands, but not you.
– Jim Rohn
Education is the investment our generation makes in the future.
– Mitt Romney
There are certain moments when we might wish the future were built by men of the past.
– Jean Rostand
We can do things the cheap way, the simple way, for the short-term and without regard for the future. Or, we can make the extra effort, do the hard work, absorb the criticism and make decisions that will cause a better future.
– Mike Rounds
Let us make future generations remember us as proud ancestors just as, today, we remember our forefathers.
– Moo-hyum Roh
The future battle on the ground will be preceded by battle in the air. This will determine which of the contestants has to suffer operational and tactical disadvantages and be forced throughout the battle into adoption compromise solutions.
– Erwin Rommel
The subject of criminal rehabilitation was debated recently in City Hall. It's an appropriate place for this kind of discussion because the city has always employed so many ex-cons and future cons.
– Mike Royko
We are, perhaps, uniquely among the earth's creatures, the worrying animal. We worry away our lives, fearing the future, discontent with the present, unable to take in the idea of dying, unable to sit still.
– Lewis Thomas
Man has a limited biological capacity for change. When this capacity is overwhelmed, the capacity is in future shock.
– Alvin Toffler
I don't know where I'm going to be in three years. Because I have the feeling that the future is so full of possibilities, to stop being an actress, to do something else... for me, the future is just a huge bunch of discoveries.
– Audrey Tautou
The Nautilus was piercing the water with its sharp spur, after having accomplished nearly ten thousand leagues in three months and a half, a distance greater than the great circle of the earth. Where were we going now, and what was reserved for the future?
– Jules Verne
It is said that the present is pregnant with the future.
– Voltaire
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.
– Alan W. Watts
No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now.
– Alan W. Watts
If Germany, thanks to Hitler and his successors, were to enslave the European nations and destroy most of the treasures of their past, future historians would certainly pronounce that she had civilized Europe.
– Simone Weil
The future is made of the same stuff as the present.
– Simone Weil
If GE's strategy of investment in China is wrong, it represents a loss of a billion dollars, perhaps a couple of billion dollars. If it is right, it is the future of this company for the next century.
– Jack Welch
Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future.
– Oscar Wilde
Baseball's future? Bigger and bigger, better and better! No question about it, it's the greatest game there is!
– Ted Williams
When I look into the future, it's so bright it burns my eyes.
– Oprah Winfrey
The future... seems to me no unified dream but a mince pie, long in the baking, never quite done.
– Edward Young
Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.
– William Jennings Bryan
Enjoy present pleasures in such a way as not to injure future ones.
– Lucius Annaeus Seneca
Young people can get very discouraged and get hooked on drugs or on alcohol because of problems they perceive as insurmountable. It is important that they realize a mistake need not ruin their future, but they must also know that not everything in life is a bed of roses.
– Maureen Forrester
You will attract the younger generation and they might well prove tougher than the older generation. What we are trying to do is to look at the future and see what we can do to bring some stability back to people's lives.
– Ian Botham
You want to do your job well so that people in the future say, 'OK, he's not bad, let's hire him.'
– Javier Bardem
You never know what the future brings.
– Randy Jackson
You never know what the future holds or where my life will take me.
– Kim Kardashian
You need people who can walk their companies into the future rather than back them into the future.
– Warren G. Bennis
You mustn't take what I say as gospel because no one can second-guess the future.
– James Lovelock
You know when you're young you think you will always be. As you become more fragile, you reflect and you realize how much comfort can come from the past. Hymns can carry you into the future.
– Andy Griffith
You have to like the present if not your life becomes secondhand, if you think it was better before. Or that it will be better in the future.
– Karl Lagerfeld
You can't let your past hold your future hostage.
– LL Cool J
You can get your money and you put it in the bank, or you can put it in the youth. You can put it in our future.
– will.i.am
Yeah, it's odd when you look back at your own work. Some filmmakers don't look back at their work at all. I look at my work a lot, actually. I feel like I learned something while looking at stuff I've done in terms of what I'm going to do in the future, mistakes I've made and things at work or what have you.
– Christopher Nolan
Words matter, especially words defining complicated political arrangements, because they shape perceptions of the events of the past, attitudes toward policies being carried out in the present, and expectations about desirable directions for the future.
– Michael Mandelbaum
Without memory, there is no culture. Without memory, there would be no civilization, no society, no future.
– Elie Wiesel
Without libraries what have we? We have no past and no future.
– Ray Bradbury
Without a Mayaguez, or something comparable that we don't see in the immediate future, there is probably no one thing the President can do to himself to turn this situation around.
– Robert Teeter
With respect to the environment in our state and our state's future - in addition to water which is very important here - I think it is crucial for him to make a sincere commitment to energy efficiency, fuel efficiency, by helping us to produce those cars of the future.
– Jennifer Granholm
Why not invest in the future of music, instead of building fortresses to preserve its past?
– David Byrne
Whoever neglects the arts when he is young has lost the past and is dead to the future.
– Sophocles
While we can remember the past, we cannot write the future. Only our children, the future of our community, can do that.
– Jonathan Sacks
While negativity is politically useful, it is also demoralizing unless it is accompanied - and to some extent overshadowed - by elevated and inspiring ideas about the American future.
– John Podhoretz
While everyone else is thinking about economics and politics, executive salaries and the future of the euro, do the opposite, even if it's hard. Invest in the spirit.
– Jonathan Sacks
While day by day the overzealous student stores up facts for future use, he who has learned to trust nature finds need for ever fewer external directions. He will discard formula after formula, until he reaches the conclusion: Let nature take its course.
– Larry Bird
Whether things turn out for the better depends on what we do. We ought not spend our time masterminding the future, but recognize our marching orders: to do the best we can for history and the planet.
– Huston Smith