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[ Also see Anticipation Destiny Eternity Expectation Futurity Heaven Hell Immortality Paradise Past Time Tomorrow ]

It is heaven itself that points out an hereafter, and intimates eternity to man.
      - Joseph Addison

Why will any man be so impertinently officious as to tell me all prospect of a future state is only fancy and delusion? Is there any merit in being the messenger of ill news. If it is a dream, let me enjoy it, since it makes me both the happier and better man.
      - Joseph Addison

Making all futures fruits of all the pasts.
      - Sir Edwin Arnold, Light of Asia
         (bk. V, l. 432)

That what will come, and must come, shall come well.
      - Sir Edwin Arnold, Light of Asia
         (bk. V, l. 432)

Nothing can be reckoned good or bad to us in this life, any further than it indisposes us for the enjoyment of another.
      - Francis Atterbury

The things of another world being distant, operate but faintly upon us: to remedy this inconvenience, we must frequently revolve their certainty and importance.
      - Francis Atterbury

A.N. hopes in the next world for his felicity to live with Raphael, Mozart, and Goethe. But how can they be happy if they must live with him?
      - Berthold Auerbach

God will not suffer man to have the knowledge of things to come; for if he had prescience of his prosperity, he would be careless; and, understanding of his adversity, he would be senseless.
      - Saint Aurelius Augustine (Augustine of Hippo)

It is the "where I am" that makes heaven. The life after death might become through its very endlessness a burden to our spirits, if it were not to be filled with the infinite variety and freshness of God's love. Some have shrunk from its very infinitude, because they have not realized what God's love can make of it. Human love helps us to understand this. When we have come to love any one with all our power of affection, then there is no monotony or weariness in the days and hours we spend with them.
      - Maltbie Davenport Babcock

Oh, could we lift the future's sable shroud.
      - Philip James Bailey

The year goes wrong, and tares grow strong,
  Hope starves without a crumb;
    But God's time is our harvest time,
      And that is sure to come.
      - Lewis J. Bates, Our Better Day

Some day Love shall claim his own
  Some day Right ascend his throne,
    Some day hidden Truth be known;
      Some day--some sweet day.
      - Lewis J. Bates, Some Sweet Day

One might as well attempt to calculate mathematically the contingent forms of the tinkling bits of glass in a kaleidoscope as to look through the tube of the future and foretell its pattern.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

While a man is stringing a harp, he tries the strings, not for music, but for construction. When it is finished it shall be played for melodies. God is fashioning the human heart for future joy. He only sounds a string here and there to see how far His work has progressed.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

A liberal is a man or a woman or a child who looks forward to a better day, a more tranquil night, and a bright, infinite future.
      - Leonard Bernstein

The future ain't what it used to be.
      - Yogi Berra

Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. VI, v. 34)

The curtain of the future is always drawn.
      - John Bigelow

When all else is lost, the future still remains.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

It is vain to be always looking toward the future and never acting toward it.
      - John Frederick Boyes

O Death, O Beyond,
  Thou art sweet, thou art strange!
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Dear Land to which Desire forever flees;
  Time doth no present to our grasp allow,
    Say in the fixed Eternal shall we seize
      At last the fleeting Now?
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton,
        Corn Flowers (bk. I, The First Violets)

You can never plan the future by the past.
      - Edmund Burke,
        Letter to a Member of the National Assembly
         (vol. IV, p. 55)

With mortal crisis doth portend,
  My days to appropinque an end.
      - Samuel Butler (1), Hudibras
         (pt. I, canto III, l. 589)

'Tis the sunset of life gives me mystical lore,
  And coming events cast their shadows before.
      - Thomas Campbell, Lochiel's Warning

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