“You can never plan the future by the past.”
– Edmund Burke, statesman, author, philosopher
“The future is not something we enter. The future is something we create.”
– Leonard I. Sweet
“Take hold of the future or the future will take hold of you — be futurewise.”
– Patrick Dixon, Futurist and author
“Whatever the future may have in store for us, one thing is certain… Human thought will never go backward. When a great truth once gets abroad in the world, no power on earth can imprison it, or prescribe its limits, or suppress it. It is bound to go on till it becomes the thought of the world… Now that it has got fairly fixed in the minds of the few, it is bound to become fixed in the minds of the many, and be supported at last by a great cloud of witnesses, which no man can number and no power can withstand.”
– Frederick Douglass
“The future isn’t written. It can be changed. You know that. Anyone can make their future whatever they want it to be.”
– Doc Emmett Brown
“A generation which ignores history has no past — and no future.”
– Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough for Love (1973).
“The future is not laid out on a track. It is something that we can decide, and to the extent that we do not violate any known laws of the universe, we can probably make it work the way that we want to.”
– Alan Kay
“Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present.”
– Marcus Aurelius Antoninus
“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.”
– Theodore Hook
“Science has not yet mastered prophecy. We predict too much for the next year and yet far too little for the next ten.”
— Neil Armstrong, speech to joint session of Congress, 16 September 1969.
“It is difficult to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and reality of tomorrow.”
— Robert Goddard, in E. M. Emme Introduction to the History of Rocket Technology, 1963
“The universe is asymmetric and I am persuaded that life, as it is known to us, is a direct result of the asymmetry of the universe or if its indirect consequences.”
— Louis Pasteur, Comptes Rendus de l’Acad — mie des Sciences, 1 June 1874.