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

It is one of God's blessings that we cannot foreknow the hour of our death; for a time fixed, even beyond the possibility of living, would trouble us more than doth this uncertainty.
      - James I of England (James VI of Scotland)

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.
      - Thomas Jefferson

The future is purchased by the present.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

They who look but little into futurity, have, perhaps, the quickest sensation of the present.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

With whom there is no place of toil, no burning heat, no piercing cold, nor any briars there . . . this place we call the Bosom of Abraham.
      - Flavius Josephus,
        Discourse to the Greeks concerning Hades

There was the Door to which I found no key;
  There was the Veil through which I might not see.
      - Omar Khayyam ("The Tent-Maker"),
        The Rubaiyat (st. 32 (later ed.)),
        (FitzGerald's translation)

When Earth's last picture is painted, and the tubes are twisted and dried,
  When the oldest colours have faded, and the youngest critic has died,
    We shall rest, and faith, we shall need it--lie down for an aeon or two,
      Till the Master of All Good Workmen shall set us to work anew.
      - Rudyard Kipling,
        When Earth's Last Picture Is Painted

The architecture of our future is not only unfinished; the scaffolding has hardly gone up.
      - George Lamming

Belief in a future life is the appetite of reason.
      - Walter Savage Landor

Everything that looks to the future elevates human nature; for never is life so low or so little as when occupied with the present.
      - Walter Savage Landor

The present is big with the future.
  [Fr., Le present est gros de l'avenir.]
      - Baron Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibnitz

The present is great with the future.
      - Baron Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibnitz

Trust no future, howe'er pleasant!
  Let the dead past bury its dead!
    Act,--act in the living Present!
      Heart within and God o'erhead.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        A Psalm of Life

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, Hyperion

A single breaker may recede; but the tide is coming in.
      - Thomas Babington Macaulay

The best preparation for the future is the present well seen to, the last duty done.
      - George MacDonald

There's a good time coming, boys;
  A good time coming:
    We may not live to see the day,
      But earth shall glisten in the ray
        Of the good time coming.
          Cannon-balls may aid the truth,
            But thought's a weapon stronger;
              We'll win out battle by its aid,
                Wait a little longer.
      - Charles Mackay, The Good Time Coming

The future is a world limited by ourselves; in it we discover only what concerns us and, sometimes, by chance, what interests those whom we love the most.
      - Maurice Maeterlinck, Joyzelle (act I)

There was a wise man in the East whose constant prayer was that he might see to-day with the eyes of tomorrow.
      - Alfred Mercier

The spirit of man, which God inspired, cannot together perish with this corporeal clod.
      - John Milton

The never-ending flight
  Of future days.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. II, l. 221)

The world was all before them, where to choose
  Their place of rest, and Providence their guide:
    They, hand in hand, with wandering steps and slow,
      Through Eden took their solitary way.
      - John Milton, Paradise Lost
         (bk. XII, l. 646)

Beyond this vale of tears
  There is a life above,
    Unmeasured by the flight of years;
      And all that life is love.
      - James Montgomery

The future belongs to science and those who make friends with science.
      - Jawaharlal Nehru

You learn not to look back, anything you're walking away from. You don't cry. If you do, it isn't you.
      - Joyce Carol Oates,
        The Rise of Life on Earth

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