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TOMORROW
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[ Also see Anticipation Day Delay Eternity Expectation Future Futurity Past Procrastination Time Today ]

Leuconoe, close the book of fate,
  For troubles are in store,
    . . . .
      Live today, tomorrow is not.
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (I, XI)

To-morrow cheats us all. Why dost thou stay,
  And leave undone what should be done to-day?
    Begin--the present minute's in thy power;
      But still t' adjourn, and wait a fitter hour,
        Is like the clown, who at some river's side
          Expecting stands, in hopes the running tide
            Will all ere long be past.-- Fool! not to know
              It still has flow'd the same, and will for ever flow.
      - Thomas Hughes

Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.
      - Lyndon Baines Johnson

To-morrow's action! Can that hoary wisdom,
  Borne down with years, still dote upon to-morrow,--
    That fatal mistress of the young, the lazy,
      The coward, and the fool, condemn'd to lose
        A useless life in waiting for to-morrow,
          To gaze with longing eyes upon to-morrow,
            Till interposing death destroys the prospect!
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

There is a budding morrow in midnight.
      - John Keats (1),
        Sonnet--Standing alone in giant Ignorance

To-morrow's fate, though thou be wise,
  Thou canst not tell nor yet surmise;
    Pass, therefore, not to-day in vain,
      For it will never come again.
      - Omar Khayyam ("The Tent-Maker")

Far off I hear the crowing of the cocks,
  And through the opening door that time unlocks
    Feel the fresh breathing of To-morrow creep.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, To-morrow

To-morrow! the mysterious, unknown guest,
  Who cries to me: "Remember Barmecide,
    And tremble to be happy with the rest."
      And I make answer: "I am satisfied;
        I dare not ask; I know not what is best;
          God hath already said what shall betide."
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, To-Morrow

There's a fount about to stream,
  There's a light about to beam,
    There's a warmth about to glow,
      There's a flower about to blow;
        There's a midnight blackness changing
          Into gray;
            Men of thought and men of action,
              Clear the way.
      - Charles Mackay, Clear the Way,
        in "Voices from the Crowd"

To-morrow never yet
  On any human being rose or set.
      - William Marsden, What is Time?

To-morrow thou wilt live, didst thou say, Posthumus? to-day is too late; he is the wise man who lived yesterday.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis)

To-morrow you will live, you always cry;
  In what fair country does this morrow lie,
    That 'tis so mighty long ere it arrive?
      Beyond the Indies does this morrow live?
        'Tis so far-fetched, this morrow, that I fear
          'Twill be both very old and very dear.
            "To-morrow I will live," the fool does say:
              To-day itself's too late;--the wise lived yesterday.
      - Martial (Marcus Valerius Martialis),
        Epigrams (bk. V, ep. LVIII)

After all, tomorrow is another day.
      - Margaret Mitchell, Gone with the Wind
         (closing words)

To-morrow the dreams and flowers will fade.
      - Thomas Moore,
        Lalla Rookh--The Light of the Harem--Song

To-morrow is, ah, whose?
      - Dinah Maria Mulock (used pseudonym Mrs. Craik),
        Between Two Worlds

This day was yesterday to-morrow nam'd:
  To-morrow shall be yesterday proclaimed:
    To-morrow not yet come, not far away,
      What shall to-morrow then be call'd? To-day.
      - John Owen ("British Martial"),
        To-Day and To-Morrow (bk. III, 50)

When another day has arrived, we will find that we have consumed our yesterday's to-morrow; another morrow will urge on our years, and still be a little beyond us.
  [Lat., Cum altera lux venit
    Jam cras hesternum consumpsimus; ecce aliud cras
      Egerit hos annos, et semper paulum erit ultra.]
      - Persius (Aulus Persius Flaccus), Satires
         (V, 67)

There is no to-morrow; though before our face the shadow named so stretches, we always fail to o'ertake it, hasten as we may.
      - Margaret Junkin Preston

To-morrow, what delight is in to-morrow!
  What laughter and what music, breathing joy,
    Float from the woods and pastures, wavering down,
      Dropping like echoes through the long to-day,
        Where childhood waits with weary expectation.
      - Thomas Buchanan Read, The New Pastoral
         (bk. VI, l. 163)

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.
      - Franklin Delano Roosevelt

To-morrow comes, and we are where?
  Then let us live to-day.
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller

No one has had gods so favourable to him that he can promise himself a morrow.
  [Lat., Nemo tamen divos habuit faventeis
    Crastinum ut possit sibi polliceri.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca), Thyestes
         (act III, l. 619)

To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
  Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
    To the last syllable of recorded time,
      And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
        The way to dusty death.
      - William Shakespeare, Macbeth
         (Macbeth at V, v)

Where art thou, beloved To-morrow?
  When young and old, and strong and weak,
    Rich and poor, through joy and sorrow,
      Thy sweet smiles we ever seek,--
        In thy place--ah! well-a-day!
          We find the thing we fled--To-day!
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley, To-Morrow

To-morrow even may bring the final reckoning.
      - Charles Haddon Spurgeon


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