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NOTE:  Some of the quotes on this page were submitted to me by visitors, and not all have been verified for original source or wording. I'm working hard to confirm everything, but in the meantime please be aware of the possibility for errors.   —ღ Terri, March 2021

I fear thee not, O untried morrow! ~Julia B. Cady, "New-Year Thoughts"

[I]f you have failed, if through your own fault and your own folly, or the fault and the folly of others, if you have seemed to lose your chance, if you have lost the simple faith of your childhood, if you have atrophied your faculties, even if you have poisoned your blood, begin where you are to‑day and out of the treasured experience of the past, with all its good and also with all its evil, set your face forward toward a nobler and a more splendid future. ~Lyman Abbott, "Out of the Past," sermon preached in Appleton Chapel, Harvard College, Sunday evening, March 26, 1899

The future is called "perhaps," which is the only possible thing to call the future. And the only important thing is not to allow that to scare you. ~Tennessee Williams, Orpheus Descending, 1957

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

The Present gallops away with clattering feet, while the Future steals noiselessly upon us. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897

I believe the future is only the past again, entered through another gate.  ~Arthur Wing Pinero, The Second Mrs. Tanqueray, 1893

Say not the Future must be like the Past,
Unless you know how long the World will last.
~Arthur Guiterman, "Of Progress," A Poet's Proverbs, 1924

There are men who run on ahead of their age, and open the gates of the future. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

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

The past can't see you, but the future is listening. ~Terri Guillemets

The present is the laboratory of the future. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897

And in today already walks tomorrow. ~Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The future is always beginning now.  ~Mark Strand, Reasons for Moving

Man's future is God's secret. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897

But the future is a common mystery and a common property. ~George Fitch, "Cupid vs. Geography," 1915

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

When I pronounce the word Future,
the first syllable already belongs to the past...
~Wisława Szymborska (1923–2012), "The Three Oddest Words," translated from the Polish by Clare Cavanagh and Stanisław Barańczak

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

He who seeks to know the future is out of harmony with the present. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Seven Seventy Seven Sensations, 1897

If you hear this message
      Wherever you stand
      I'm calling every woman
      Calling every man
We're the generation
      We can't afford to wait
      The future started yesterday
      And we're already late
~J. Stephens, K. Prather, M. Bryant, and D. Harris, "If You're Out There," 2008, performed by John Legend ♫

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

Tomorrow is fresh, with no mistakes in it.  ~L.M. Montgomery

How sure I feel, how warm and strong and happy
For the future!  How sure the future is within me;
I am like a seed with a perfect flower enclosed....
~D.H. Lawrence, "Wedlock"

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

It is said that the present is pregnant with the future.  ~Voltaire

The course of life is unpredictable... no one can write his autobiography in advance.  ~Abraham Joshua Heschel

The future is an opaque mirror.  Anyone who tries to look into it sees nothing but the dim outlines of an old and worried face.  ~Jim Bishop

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