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Published Thursday, May 16, 2013 @ 7:42 AM EDT
May 16 2013

As I've said many times, the future is already here. It's just not very evenly distributed.
-William Gibson

Forget the past- the future will give you plenty to worry about.
-George Allen

Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition.
-Isaac Asimov

I am an optimist; anyone interested in the future has to be, otherwise he would simply shoot himself.
-Arthur C. Clarke

I believe the children are like our future: nasty, brutish and short. (From The Onion)
-Unattributed

I believe the future is only the past again, entered through another gate.
-Arthur Wing Pinero

I have seen the future. It needs work.
-Robert Littell

I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.
-Albert Einstein

I would feel more optimistic about a bright future for man if he spent less time proving that he can outwit Nature and more time tasting her sweetness and respecting her seniority.
-E.B. White

I'm a peripheral visionary. I can see into the future, but only off to the side.
-Steven Wright

I'm optimistic about the future, but not about the future of this civilization. I'm optimistic about the civilization which will replace this one.
-James Baldwin

Imagine a future in which millions of our descendants murder each other over rival interpretations of Star Wars... Could anything- anything- be more ridiculous? And yet, this would be no more ridiculous that the world we are living in.
-Sam Harris

In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.
-Eric Hoffer

In the future, more people will work for themselves, creating a huge market for bizarre products.
-Scott Adams

In the future, most democratic countries will be led by tall people with good hair.
-Scott Adams

In the future, the most important job skill will be a lack of ethics.
-Scott Adams

It's not the future that scares me... it's what will happen tomorrow.
-Frank Romano

My visions of the future are always pretty much standard issue. The rich get richer, the poor get poorer... and there are flying cars.
-Joss Whedon

Science fiction seldom attempts to predict the future. More often than not, it tries to prevent the future.
-Arthur C. Clarke

Strangely enough, this is the past that somebody in the future is longing to go back to.
-Ashleigh Brilliant

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

The best way to predict the future is to invent it.
-Alan Kay

The children are our future. And that is why, ultimately, we're screwed.
-Scott Adams

The concept of progress acts as a protective mechanism to shield us from the terrors of the future.
-Frank Herbert

The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that men may become robots.
-Erich Fromm

The empires of the future are the empires of the mind.
-Winston Churchill

The enemies of the Future are always the very nicest people.
-Christopher Morley

The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.
-Warren Bennis

The future arrives too soon and in the wrong order.
-Alvin Toffler

The future depends on assumptions and assumptions are just stuff you make up. No sense in knocking yourself out.
-Scott Adams

The future has a way of arriving unannounced.
-George F. Will

The future is not set. There is no fate but what we make.
-James Cameron

The future is the past returning through another gate.
-Arnold H. Glasow

The future is unwritten. Cyberspace is the funhouse mirror of our own society, reflects our values and our faults, sometimes in terrifying exaggerations. It doesn't matter who you are today, if you don't show up in that mirror you are just not going to matter very much. Our kids have to show up in the mirror.
-Bruce Sterling

The future is usually just like the past- right up to the moment when it isn't.
-George F. Will

The future will be better tomorrow.
-Dan Quayle

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

The past can only be known, not changed. The future can only be changed, not known.
-Steward Brand

The past is gone; the present is confusing; and the future scares the hell out of me.
-David L. Stein

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

The written word will soon disappear and we'll no longer be able to read good prose like we used to could. This prospect does not gentle my thoughts or tranquil me toward the future.
-James Thurber

There is no present or future, only the past, happening over and over again, now.
-Eugene O'Neill

This is the first age that's ever paid much attention to the future, which is a little ironic since we may not have one.
-Arthur C. Clarke

When it comes to the future, there are three kinds of people: those who let it happen, those who make it happen, and those who wonder what happened.
-John M. Richardson, Jr.

When you think all is lost, the future remains.
-Robert Goddard

Your task is not to foresee the future, but to enable it.
-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


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