Future Quotes

You can never plan the future by the past.

Edmund Burke 1729-97 ‘Letter to a Member of the National Assembly’ (1791) p. 73

Make the Revolution a parent of settlement, and not a nursery of future revolutions.

Edmund Burke 1729-97 ‘Reflections on the Revolution in France’ (1790) p. 38

To complain of the age we live in, to murmur at the present possessors of power, to lament the past, to conceive extravagant hopes of the future, are the common dispositions of the greatest part of mankind.

Edmund Burke 1729-97 ‘Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents’ (1770) p. 4

It is necessary that on the stage everything should be as complex and simple as life. People are having dinner, and while they’re having it, their future happiness may be decided or their lives may be about to be shattered.

Geoffrey Chaucer c.1343-1400 Letter to Alexei Suvorin, 4 May 1889

The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.

Sir Winston Churchill 1874-1965 Speech at Harvard, 6 September 1943, in ‘Onwards to Victory’ (1944) p. 238

Our faith in the present dies out long before our faith in the future.

Ruth Benedict

I believe the future is only the past again, entered through another gate.

Arthur Wing Pinero, The Second Mrs. Tanqueray, 1893

We should all be concerned about the future because we will have to spend the rest of our lives there.

Charles F. Kettering

I never think of the future – it comes soon enough.

Albert Einstein

And in today already walks tomorrow.

Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The future is always beginning now.

Mark Strand, Reasons for Moving

A preoccupation with the future not only prevents us from seeing the present as it is but often prompts us to rearrange the past.

Eric Hoffer

The future, according to some scientists, will be exactly like the past, only far more expensive.

John Sladek

The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be.

Paul Valery

You can never plan the future by the past.

Edmund Burke, “Letter to a Member of the National Assembly”

I have seen the future and it is very much like the present – only longer.

Kehlog Albran

I know not what the future holds, but I know who holds the future.

Author Unknown

The course of life is unpredictable… no one can write his autobiography in advance.

Abraham Joshua Heschel