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





Predictions of the future are never anything but projections of present automatic processes and procedures, that is, of occurrences that are likely to come to pass if men do not act and if nothing unexpected happens; every action, for better or worse, and every accident necessarily destroys the whole pattern in whose frame the prediction moves and where it finds its evidence.


Hannah Arendt (1906-1975, German-born American political philosopher)


No one can possibly know what is about to happen: it is happening each time, for the first time, for the only time.


James Baldwin (1924-1987, American author)


He who asks fortune-tellers the future unwittingly forfeits an inner intimation of coming events that is a thousand times more exact than anything they may say. He is impelled by inertia, rather than curiosity, and nothing is more unlike the submissive apathy with which he hears his fate revealed than the alert dexterity with which the man of courage lays hands on the future.


Walter Benjamin (1982-1940, German critic, philosopher)


Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future.


Niels Bohr (1885-1962, Danish physicist)


Legends of prediction are common throughout the whole Household of Man. Gods speak, spirits speak, computers speak. Oracular ambiguity or statistical probability provides loopholes, and discrepancies are expunged by Faith.


Ursula K. Le Guin (1929-, American author)


The unpredictability inherent in human affairs is due largely to the fact that the by-products of a human process are more fateful than the product.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


I think predictability has become the rule and I'm completely the opposite -- I like spectators to be disturbed.


Francoise Mallet-Joris


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