An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





The future comes one day at a time.


Dean Acheson (1893-1971, American statesman, lawyer)


When all else is lost, the future still remains.


John Christian Bovee (1820-1904, American author, lawyer)


Snow endures but for a season, and joy comes with the morning.


Marcus Aurelius (121-12180, Roman emperor, philosopher)


I don't try to describe the future. I try to prevent it.


Ray Bradbury (1920-, American science fiction writer)


I would sum up my fear about the future in one word: boring. And that's my one fear: that everything has happened; nothing exciting or new or interesting is ever going to happen again... the future is just going to be a vast, conforming suburb of the soul.


J. G. Ballard (1930-, British author)


Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith.


Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887, American preacher, orator, writer)


It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.


Yogi Berra (1925-, American baseball player)


I have a vision of the future, chum. The workers' flats in fields of soya beans tower up like silver pencils, score on score.


John Betjeman (1906-1984, British poet)


Future: That period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true and our happiness is assured.


Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914, American author, editor, journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary")


All futurity seems teeming with endless destruction never to be repelled; desperate remorse swallows the present in a quenchless rage.


William Blake (1757-1827, British poet, painter)


The future destiny of the child is always the work of the mother.


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821, French general, emperor)


Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.


Corrie Ten Boom (1892-1983, Dutch evangelist)


Strike when thou wilt, the hour of rest, but let my last days be my best.


Robert Browning (1812-1889, British poet)


Neither in the life of the individual nor in that of mankind is it desirable to know the future.


Jakob Burckhardt


May your future be worthy of your dreams.


Barbara Bush (1925-, American First Lady, wife of George H. Bush)


The future is as bright as the promises of God.


William Carey (1761-1834, British missionary, orientalist)


Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself.


Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977, British comic actor, filmmaker)


He who lives in the future lives in a featureless blank; he lives in impersonality; he lives in Nirvana. The past is democratic, because it is a people. The future is despotic, because it is a caprice. Every man is alone in his prediction, just as each man is alone in a dream.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


Our day will come is another way of saying you get yours.


Merelene Cornish


Our day will come is another way of saying you get yours.


Merelene Cornish


Beware of desperate steps; the darkest day lived till tomorrow will have passed away.


William Cowper (1731-1800, British poet)


There is no data on the future.


Laurel Cutler (American business executive)


To the being of fully alive, the future is not ominous but a promise; it surrounds the present like a halo.


John Dewey (1859-1952, American philosopher, educator)


We need not be afraid of the future, for the future will be in our own hands.


Thomas E. Dewey (1902-1971, American politician)


God made the world round so we would never be able to see too far down the road.


Isak Dinesen (1885-1962, American author)


Nothing in life is more remarkable than the unnecessary anxiety which we endure, and generally create ourselves.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Predicting the future is easy.  It's trying to figure out what's going on now that's hard.


Fritz R. S. Dressler (American president of FRS Dressler Associates)


The best way to predict the future is to create it.


Peter F. Drucker (1909-, American-Austrian management consultant)


Everyone's future is, in reality, uncertain and full of unknown treasures from which all may draw unguessed prizes.


Lord Dunsany (1879-1957, Irish playwright, novelist, poet)


I desire no future that will break the ties with the past.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


If a man carefully examines his thoughts he will be surprised to find how much he lives in the future. His well-being is always ahead.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


I know of know way of judging the future but by the past.


Patrick Henry (1736-1799, American orator, patriot)


Create your future from your future, not your past.


Werner Erhard (American entrepreneur, scientologist)


Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.


Doug Firebaugh


The future? Like unwritten books and unborn children, you don't talk about it.


Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (1925-, German baritone singer)


Hardly anyone knows how much is gained by ignoring the future.


Bernard Le Bovier Fontenelle (1657-1757, Scientist, man of letter)


That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future.


Anatole France (1844-1924, French writer)


The future is hidden even from those who make it.


Anatole France (1844-1924, French writer)


Every man, through fear, mugs his aspirations a dozen times a day.


Brendan Francis


The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that men may become robots. True enough, robots do not rebel. But given man's nature, robots cannot live and remain sane, they become "Golems," they will destroy their world and themselves because they cannot stand any longer the boredom of a meaningless life.


Erich Fromm (1900-1980, American psychologist)


If you do not think about your future, you cannot have one.


John Galsworthy (1867-1933, British novelist, playwright)


Yesterday is but today's memory, and tomorrow is today's dream.


Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese poet, novelist)


Sadness flies on the wings of the morning, and out of the heart of darkness comes the light.


Jean Giraudoux (1882-1944, French diplomat, author)


The trouble with the future is that is usually arrives before we're ready for it.


Arnold H. Glasgow


Never make forecasts, especially about the future. In no time, it will be a forgotten memory.


Samuel Goldwyn (1882-1974, American film producer, founder of MGM)


I never look back, I look forward.


Steffi Graf (1969-, German tennis player)


I've read the last page of the Bible. It's all going to turn out all right.


Billy Graham (1918-, American evangelist)


We already have the statistics for the future: the growth percentages of pollution, overpopulation, desertification. The future is already in place.


Gunther Grass (1927-, German author)


The cradle of the future is the grave of the past.


Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872, Austrian dramatic poet)


Cease to inquire what the future has in store, and take as a gift whatever the day brings forth.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


The good days weren't really so good, and tomorrow ain't as bad as it seems.


Billy Joel (1949-, American musician, piano man, singer, songwriter)


Yesterday is not ours to recover, but tomorrow is ours to win or lose.


Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973, American President (36th))


The future is purchased by the present.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Tomorrow is an old deceiver, and his cheat never grows stale.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.


Charles F. Kettering (1876-1958, American engineer, inventor)


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


Charles F. Kettering (1876-1958, American engineer, inventor)


What I believe is that, by proper effort, we make the future almost anything we want to make it.


Charles F. Kettering (1876-1958, American engineer, inventor)


There was a door to which I found no key: There was the veil through which I might not see.


Omar Khayyam (1048-1131, Persian astronomer, poet)


Fortunately for children, the uncertainties of the present always give way to the enchanted possibilities of the future.


Gelsey Kirkland


People are always shouting they want to create a better future. It's not true. The future is an apathetic void of no interest to anyone. The past is full of life, eager to irritate us, provoke and insult us, tempt us to destroy or repaint it. The only reason people want to be masters of the future is to change the past.


Milan Kundera (1929-, Czech author, critic)


For you and me, today is all we have; tomorrow is a mirage that may never become reality.


Louis L'Amour (1908-1988, American Western author)


I fear there will be no future for those who do not change.


Louis L'Amour (1908-1988, American Western author)


Everything that looks to the future elevates human nature. Never is life so low or so little as when occupied with the present.


Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864, British poet, essayist)


They gave each other a smile with a future in it.


Ring Lardner (1885-1933, American writer)


I got the blues thinking of the future, so I left off and made some marmalade. It's amazing how it cheers one up to shred oranges and scrub the floor.


D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930, British author)


The future looks extremely bright indeed, with lots of possibilities ahead -- big possibilities. Like the song says, ''We've just begun.''


Bruce Lee (1940-1973, Chinese-American martial artist, actor, director, author)

Author's website:


The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time.


Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865, American President (16th))


America, which has the most glorious present still existing in the world today, hardly stops to enjoy it, in her insatiable appetite for the future.


Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001, American author)


The wave of the future is coming and there is no fighting it.


Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1906-2001, American author)


It is not the cares of today, but the cares of tomorrow that weigh a man down. For the needs of today we have corresponding strength given. For the morrow we are told to trust. It is not ours yet.


George MacDonald (1824-1905, Scottish novelist)


It is when tomorrow's burden is added to the burden of today that the weight is more than a man can bear.


George MacDonald (1824-1905, Scottish novelist)


In heaven after "ages of ages" of growing glory, we shall have to say, as each new wave of the shoreless, sunlit sea bears us onward, "It doth not yet appear what we shall be."


Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910, British preacher)


The future will one day be the present and will seem as unimportant as the present does now.


W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright)


Tomorrow, you promise yourself, will be different, yet tomorrow is too often a repetition of today.


James T. Mccay


We have developed a life-style that is draining the earth, without regard for the future of our children and people all around the world.


Margaret Mead (1901-1978, American anthropologist)


The future is wider than vision, and has no end.


Donald G. Mitchell


A fixed image of the future is in the worst sense a historical.


Juliet Mitchell (1940-, New Zealand author)


The future influences the present just as much as the past.


Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900, German philosopher)


The future is much like the present, only longer.


Dan Quisenberry


The weariest night, the longest day, sooner or later must perforce come to an end.


Baroness Orczy (1865-1947, Hungarian-born British novelist, playwright)


The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power.


Mary Pickford (1893-1979, Canadian-born American actress)


I have always been delighted at the prospect of a new day, a fresh try, one more start, with perhaps a bit of magic waiting somewhere behind the morning.


J. B. Priestley (1894-1984, American writer)


If you wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes. If you don't wait for tomorrow, tomorrow comes.


African Proverb (Sayings of African origin)


The person who predicts the future is lying, even when he is right.


Arabian Proverb (Sayings of Arabian origin)


Those who foretell the future lies, even if he tells the truth.


Arabian Proverb (Sayings of Arabian origin)


When men speak of the future, the Gods laugh.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


One day before you is better than ten years behind you.


Russian Proverb (Sayings of Russian origin)


The morning is wiser than the evening.


Russian Proverb (Sayings of Russian origin)


The morning is wiser than the evening.


Russian Proverb (Sayings of Russian origin)


Upper classes are a nation's past, the middle class its future.


Ayn Rand (1905-1982, Russian philosopher, author, "Atlas Shrugged")


The more unpredictable the world is the more we rely on predictions.


Steve Rivkin


The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.


Eleanor Roosevelt (1884-1962, American First Lady, columnist, lecturer, humanitarian)


We have always held to the hope, the belief, the conviction that there is a better life, a better world, beyond the horizon.


Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882-1945, American President (32nd))


It is horrible to see everything that one detested in the past coming back wearing the colors of the future.


Jean Rostand (1894-1977, French biologist, writer)


There are certain moments when we might wish the future were built by men of the past.


Jean Rostand (1894-1977, French biologist, writer)


The future comes slowly, the present flies and the past stands still forever.


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


The gigantic shadows which futurity casts upon the present.


Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822, British poet)


You don't just stumble into the future. You create your own future.


Roger Smith (American business executive)


By-and-by never comes.


St. Augustine (354-430, Numidian-born bishop of Hippo, theologian)


It is extraordinary that whole populations have no projects for the future, none at all. It certainly is extraordinary, but it is certainly true.


Gertrude Stein (1874-1946, American author)


It is a common experience that a problem difficult at night is resolved in the morning after the committee of sleep has worked on it.


John Steinbeck (1902-1968, American author)


We all need to take great interest in the future because we will spend the rest of our life there.


Author Unknown


We have inherited the past; we can create the future.


Author Unknown


When people say. 'She's got everything,'I've only one answer, 'I haven't had tomorrow.'


Elizabeth Taylor (1932-, British-born American actress)


For the mind disturbed, the still beauty of dawn is nature's finest balm.


Edwin Way Teale (1899-1980, American naturalist and writer)


Where will I be five years from now? I delight in not knowing. That's one of the greatest things about life -- its wonderful surprises.


Marlo Thomas


Determine your future now by taking hold of every opportunity.


Debbye Turner


Imagine a baseball thrown thru the air. A high speed camera takes pictures of it showing very great detail -- names, laces, etc. Someone shows you a picture -- can you tell what direction it is travelling? or even if it is moving? NO. You would have to know where it was thrown FROM to know what direction it is going. In times of high change, it's good to know a little bit about the PAST to understand the present freeze frame of the NOW and project to some degree of accuracy where we are GOING (The Future).


Author Unknown


Put aside the need to know some future design and simply leave your life open to what is needed of it by the Divine forces.


Author Unknown


The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious.


Author Unknown


The future is a great land.


Author Unknown


The future lies before you, like paths of pure white snow. Be careful how you tread it, for every step will show.


Author Unknown


The possibilities for tomorrow are usually beyond our expectations.


Author Unknown


The young sailor at sea was ordered to climb a mast to adjust a sail during a violent storm. He got halfway up, looked down, got dizzy and sick. An old sailor on deck shouted up to him Look up, son, look up. Young sailor looked up, regained his composure, and completed his mission. Moral: Look ahead, not back.


Author Unknown


Tomorrow never comes.


Author Unknown


What the New Year will bring us depends a great deal on what we bring to the New Year.


Author Unknown


Whatever your past has been your future is spotless.


Author Unknown


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


Paul Valery (1871-1945, French poet, essayist)


There is a case, and a strong case, for that particular form of indolence that allows us to move through life knowing only what immediately concerns us.


Alec Waugh (1898-1981, British novelist, travel writer)


It is possible to believe that all the past is but the beginning of a beginning, and that all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn. It is possible to believe that all the human mind has ever accomplished is but the dream before the awakening.


H.G. Wells (1866-1946, British-born American author)


I am not afraid of tomorrow, for I have seen yesterday and I love today.


William Allen White (1868-1944, American editor, writer)


The past is of no importance. The present is of no importance. It is with the future that we have to deal. For the past is what man should not have been. The present is what man ought not to be. The future is what artists are.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


When I look into the future, it is so bright it burns my eyes.


Oprah Winfrey (1954-, American TV personality, producer, actress, author)


 Back to Daimon Library English Quotes Search Page


website tracking