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

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.
      - Albert Camus

The golden age is not in the past, but in the future; not in the origin of human experience, but in its consummate flower; not opening in Eden, but out from Gethsemane.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

To me there is something thrilling and exalting in the thought that we are drifting forward into a splendid mystery,--into something that no mortal eye has yet seen, no intelligence has yet declared.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

Can anyone find out in what condition his body will be, I do not say a year hence, but this evening?
  [Lat., An id exploratum cuiquam potest esse, quomodo sese habiturum sit corpus, non dico ad annum set ad vesperam?]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

There is, I know not how, in the minds of men, a certain presage, as it were, of a future existence; and this takes the deepest root, and is most discoverable, in the greatest geniuses and most exalted souls.
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

Certain signs precede certain events.
  [Lat., Certis rebus certa signa praecurrunt.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        De Divinatione (I, 52)

. . . So often do the spirits
  Of great events stride on before the events,
    And in to-day already walks to-morrow.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge,
        Death of Wallenstein (act V, sc. 1)

If that marvellous microcosm, man, with all the costly cargo of his faculties and powers, were indeed a rich argosy, fitted out and freighted only for shipwreck and destruction, who amongst us that tolerate the present only from the hope of the future, who that have any aspirings of a high and intellectual nature about them, could be brought to submit to the disgusting mortifications of the voyage?
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Locked up from mortal eye in shady leaves of destiny.
      - Richard Crashaw

The dead carry our thoughts to another and nobler existence. They teach us, and especially by all the strange and seemingly untoward circumstances of their departure from this life, that they and we shall live in a future state forever.
      - Orville Dewey

I never think of the future--it comes soon enough.
      - Albert Einstein

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
      - Ralph Waldo Emerson

My mind can take no hold on the present world, nor rest in it a moment, but my whole nature rushes onward with irresistible force towards a future and better state of being.
      - Johann Gottlieb Fichte

The future is lighted for us with the radiant colors of hope. Strife and sorrow shall disappear. Peace and love shall reign supreme. The dream of poets, the lesson of priest and prophet, the inspiration of the great musician, is confirmed in the light of modern knowledge.
      - John Fiske

It is easy to see, hard to foresee.
      - Benjamin Franklin

Never make forecasts, especially about the future.
      - Samuel Goldwyn

The grand difficulty is to feel the reality of both worlds, so as to give each its due place in our thoughts and feelings, to keep our mind's eye and our heart's eye ever fixed on the land of promise, without looking away from the road along which we are to travel toward it.
      - Augustus William Hare

No soul is bad enough for a fixed "hell," or good enough for a fixed "heaven," however useful the words may be as pointing to opposite states.
      - Hugh Reginald Haweis

There shall be no more snow
  No weary noontide heat,
    So we lift our trusting eyes
      From the hills our Fathers trod:
        To the quiet of the skies:
          To the Sabbath of our God.
      - Mrs. Felicia D. Hemans,
        Evening Song of the Tyrolese Peasants

We live in the future. Even the happiness of the present is made up mostly of that delightful discontent which the hope of better things inspires.
      - Josiah Gilbert Holland (used pseudonym Timothy Titcomb)

And better skilled in dark events to come.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. V, 219), (Pope's translation)

Cease to inquire what the future has in store, and to take as a gift whatever the day brings forth.
  [Lat., Quid sit futurum cras, fuge quaerere: et
    Quem Fors dierum cunque dabit, lucro
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (I, 9, 13)

A wise God shrouds the future in obscure darkness.
  [Lat., Prudens futuri temporis exitum
    Caliginosa nocte premit deus.]
      - Horace (Quintus Horatius Flaccus), Carmina
         (III, 29, 29)

You'll see that, since our fate is ruled by chance,
  Each man, unknowing, great,
    Should frame life so that at some future hour
      Fact and his dreamings meet.
      - Victor Hugo, To His Orphan Grandchildren

We always live prospectively, never retrospectively, and there is no abiding moment.
      - Hermann Jacobi

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