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

The hunter follows things which flee from him; he leaves them when they are taken; and ever seeks for that which is beyond what he has found.
  [Lat., Venator sequitur fugientia; capta relinquit;
    Semper et inventis ulteriora petit.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Amorum
         (bk. II, 9, 9)

Heaven makes sport of human affairs, and the present hour gives no sure promise of the next.
  [Lat., Ludit in humanis divina potentia rebus,
    Et certam praesens vix habet hora fidem.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso),
        Epistoloe Ex Ponto (IV, 3, 49)

We two [Deucalion and Pyrrha, after the deluge] form a multitude.
  [Lat., Nos duo turba sumus.]
      - Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Metamorphoses
         (I, 355)

Whatever improvement we make in ourselves, we are thereby sure to meliorate our future condition.
      - William Paley, Archdeacon of Saragossa

The present is never the mark of our designs. We use both past and present as our means and instruments, but the future only as our object and aim.
      - Blaise Pascal

Another life, if it were not better than this, would be less a promise than a threat.
      - Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

After us the deluge.
  [Fr., Apres nous le deluge.]
      - Mme. Jean Antoinette Poisson d'Etioles Pompadour,
        after the battle of Rossbach

The search of our future being is but a needless, anxious, and haste to be knowing, sooner than we can, what, without all this solicitude, we shall know a little later.
      - Alexander Pope

Oh, blindness to the future! kindly giv'n,
  That each may fill the circle mark'd by heaven.
      - Alexander Pope, Essay on Man
         (ep. I, l. 85)

In adamantine chains shall Death be bound,
  And Hell's grim tyrant feel th' eternal wound.
      - Alexander Pope, Messiah (l. 47)

The future does not come from before to meet us, but comes streaming up from behind over our heads.
      - Ibn Rahel

The future doesn't belong to the faint-hearted; it belongs to the brave.
      - Ronald Reagan

How narrow our souls become when absorbed in any present good or ill! it is only the thought of the future that makes them great.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

If there was no future life, our souls would not thirst for it.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

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

I would not say that the future is necessarily less predictable than the past. I think the past was not predictable when it started.
      - Donald Rumsfeld

The future is always fairyland to the young. Life is like a beautiful and winding lane, on either side bright flowers, and beautiful butterflies and tempting fruits, which we scarcely pause to admire and to taste, so eager are we to hasten to an opening which we imagine will be more beautiful still. But by degrees, as we advance, the trees grow bleak; the flowers and butterflies fail, the fruits disappear, and we find we have arrived--to reach a desert waste.
      - George Augustus Henry Sala

We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past; and we must respect the past, remembering that it was once all that was humanly possible.
      - George Santayana

Man must have some fears, hopes, and cares, for the coming morrow.
  [Ger., Etwas furchten und hoffen und sorgen,
    Muss der Mensch fur den kommenden Morgen.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Die Braut von Messina

But there's a gude time coming.
      - Sir Walter Scott, Rob Roy (ch. XXXII)

Let us learn to appreciate there will be times when the trees will be bare, and look forward to the time when we may pick the fruit.
      - Peter Sellers

The state of that man's mind who feels too intense an interest as to future events, must be most deplorable.
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)

The mind that is anxious about the future is miserable.
  [Lat., Calamitosus est animus futuri anxius.]
      - Seneca (Lucius Annaeus Seneca),
        Epistoloe Ad Lucilium (XCVIII)

O heaven! that one might read the book of fate, and see the revolution of the times.
      - William Shakespeare

O heavens! that one might read the book of fate,
  And see the revolutions of the times
    Make mountains level, and the continent,
      (Weary of solid firmness,) melt itself
        Into the sea.
      - William Shakespeare


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