The future (quotes)

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Predicting the future

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You cannot predict the future by looking to the past …   

  • Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future. Neils Bohr
  • The future you have, tomorrow, won’t be the same future you had, yesterday. Chuck Palahniuk
  • The only certainty about the future is the fact that it will be different from the past. John Templeton
  • You can no longer look to the past in an attempt to predict your future. A large part of the present is obsolete and, for most people, much of the future is beyond comprehension. Christopher Hegarty
  • 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
  • It’s easy to see, hard to foresee. Benjamin Franklin  
  • You can never plan the future by the past. Edmund Burke
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… or can you ?   

  • Consider the past and you shall know the future. Chinese Proverbs
  • We can chart our future clearly and wisely only when we know the path which has led to the present. Adlai E. Stevenson
  • Study the past if you would define the future. Confucius
  • The future is already here – it’s just not evenly distributed. William Gibson
  • The best of prophets of the future is the past. Lord Byron
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The best way to predict the future is to create it   

  • The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Alan Kay
  • The only way to predict the future is to have power to shape the future. Eric Hoffer
  • As for the future, your task is not to foresee it but to enable it. Antoine de Saint- Exupery
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Create the future

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Be the architect of your own future   

  • Every man is the architect of his own future. Proverb
  • I was taught very clearly that I would have to depend entirely upon myself; that my future lay in my own hands. Darius Ogden Mills
  • Learn the past, watch the present, and create the future. Jesse Conrad
  • I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul. William Ernest Henley
  • The future is not a result of choices among alternative paths offered by the present, but a place that is created–created first in the mind and will, created next in activity. The future is not some place we are going to, but one we are creating. John Schaar
  • Never be a prisoner of your past. Become the architect of you future. You will never be the same. Robin S. Sharma
  • We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims. Buckminster Fuller
  • The future is up for grabs. It belongs to any and all who will take the risk and accept the responsibility of consciously creating the future they want. Robert Anton Wilson
  • 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.
  • Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of choice; it is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved. William Jennings Bryan
  • We are creating the future. Gunter Grass
  • The wise man must remember that while he is a descendant of the past, he is a parent of the future. Herbert Spencer
  • I know not what the future holds, but I know who holds the future.
  • We need not be afraid of the future, for the future will be in our own hands. Thomas E. Dewey
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If you don’t control your future, someone else will   

  • Control your destiny or somebody else will. Jack Welsh  
  • If you do not design the future, someone or something else will design it for you. Edward de Bono
  • Let others leave their future in someone else’s hands, but not you. Jim Rohn
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Create your future through the power of your imagination …   

  • The future is not there waiting for us. We create it by the power of imagination. Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan
  • The future is simply infinite possibility waiting to happen. What it waits on is human imagination to crystallize its possibility. Leland Kaiser
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… by creating a clear mental picture of how you want your future to look   

  • Imagine for a moment your own version of a perfect future. See yourself in that future with everything you could wish for at this very moment fulfilled. Now take the memory of that future and bring it here into the present. Let it influence how you will behave from this moment on. Deepak Chopra
  • The future you see is the future you get. Robert G Allen
  • Anxiety uses imagination to picture something you don’t want. Vision uses imagination to picture something you DO want. Either way, you tend to get what you focus on. Imagine a future where you shine, others thrive, and the light of hope shines brighter in the world. If you can see it, you can be it. Ian Lawton
  • One of the most powerful wellsprings of creative energy, outstanding accomplishment, and self- fulfillment seems to be falling in love with something – your dreams, your image of the future. E. Paul Torrance
  • The empires of the future are the empires of the mind. Winston Churchill
  • The greater clarity you can achieve in describing your ideal future, the more likely you are to create that future for yourself, and usually faster than you can imagine right now However, you can’t hit a target you can’t see. Clarity is essential. Brian Tracy
  • Your mental picture of yourself has a powerful effect on your behaviour. Visualize yourself as the person you intend to be in the future. Brian Tracy
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Create your future through following your dreams   

  • A dream is your creative vision for your life in the future. You must break out of your current comfort zone and become comfortable with the unfamiliar and the unknown. Denis Waitley
  • All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant vision, that goal or purpose. Brian Tracy
  • There is nothing like a dream to create the future. Victor Hugo
  • The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.  Eleanor Roosevelt
  • Dreams get you into the future and add excitement to the present. Robert Conklin
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Create your future through the choices you make   

  • When you make a choice, you change the future. Deepak Chopra
  • With every choice you create the life you’ll live; with every decision you design it. Mollie Marti
  • You are free to choose, but the choices you make today will determine what you will have, be, and do in the tomorrow of your life. Zig Ziglar
  • It is your programming that has created your choices in the past. It is the choices you make today that are creating the programs of your future. Shad Helmstetter
  • Choices are the hinges of destiny. Pythagoras
  • Destiny is a name often given in retrospect to choices that had dramatic consequences. J. K. Rowling
  • It’s choice…not chance… that determines your destiny. Jean Nidetch
  • You are always free to change your mind and choose a different future, or a different past. Richard Bach
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Create your future through your actions in the present   

  • It is said that the present is pregnant with the future. Voltaire
  • Live in the present moment, but know that you are creating your future in this moment. Robert Anthony
  • The future depends on what we do in the present. Mahatma Gandhi
  • Beware; your actions in the present determine your future.  Mata Amrithanandamayi  
  • The future depends on what you do today. Mahatma Gandhi
  • The future is completely open, and we are writing it moment to moment. Pema Chodron
  • We are weaving the future on the loom of today. Grace Stricker Dawson
  • It is your thoughts and acts of the moment that create your future. Sai Baba
  • Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow. Robert Kiyosaki
  • The future is literally in our hands to mold as we like. But we cannot wait until tomorrow. Tomorrow is now. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • This is what you do. You make a future for yourself out of the raw material at hand. Michael Cunningham
  • You can’t control the future, but you can affect the present moment. If you want to have a better future, create it now. Celestine Chua
  • You have no future, you have power over this moment only; your future is happening now, and by recognizing this, you will have power over what you don’t have. Eve Adamson, Ph.D.
  • For tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today. African Proverb
  • There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now. James Arthur Baldwin
  • The future is purchased by the present. Samuel Johnson
  • The future is today. William Osler 
  • Live in the present
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Create your future by sowing seeds today   

  • Those who are unwilling to invest in the future haven’t earned one. W. Lewis  
  • You are sowing the flowers of tomorrow in the seeds of today.
  • We are always in the business of gardening for the future. Geshe Michael Roach
  • What you do today can improve all of your tomorrows. Marc and Angel Chernoff
  • All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today. Proverb
  • Future’s the only flower worth tending in this earth, where I sow my words daily: and you know, these good trees bear fruit round the year, discreetly,  moving along the waterways  and four seasons of the faithful sun.  Alamgir Hashmi
  • Those who have not shown anything during their responsible life will have nothing to reap in the future. Gurdjieff
  • 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.  H. Lawrence
  • Life is like gardening or farming
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Create your future by breaking habitual reactions and patterns   

  • Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future. Deepak Chopra
  • It’s not difficult to predict tomorrow when you do the same things today that you did yesterday. Ralph Womer
  • There is no present or future, only the past, happening over and over again, now. Eugene O’Neill  
  • HabitRoutines and rituals
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Meet the future without fear

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Our worries about the future create anxiety, stress and fear   

  • If you are anxious you are living in the future. Lao Tzu
  • The mind that is anxious about the future is miserable. Seneca  
  • We worry away our lives, fearing the future, discontent with the present, unable to take in the idea of dying, unable to sit still. Lewis Thomas
  • This is the sad joke about human beings: We are so busy worrying whether or not we are going to be at peace in the future, we don’t give ourselves the chance to be at peace in the present. Peter Russell
  • It is the dark menace of the future that makes cowards of us. Dorothy Day
  • The source of anxiety lies in the future. If you can keep the future out of mind, you can forget your worries. Milan Kundera
  • When I am anxious it is because I am living in the future. Richard Carlson
  • All negativity is caused by denial of the present. Unease, anxiety, tension, stress, worry—all forms of fear—are caused by too much future, and not enough presence. Eckhart Tolle
  • Are you stressed? Are you so busy getting to the future that the present is reduced to a means of getting there? Stress is caused by being ‘here’ but wanting to be ‘there,’ or being in the present but wanting to be in the future. Eckhart Tolle
  • What else does anxiety about the future bring you but sorrow upon sorrow? Thomas Kempis  
  • Anxiety about the future never profits; we feel no evil until it comes, and when we feel it, no counsel helps; wisdom is either too early or too late. Arthur Somers Roche
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Let go of your fear for the future   

  • Fear not for the future, weep not for the past. Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • 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
  • 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  
  • The future is scary, but you can’t just run back to the past because it’s familiar. Robin Scherbatsky
  • When did the future switch from being a promise to being a threat? Chuck Palahniuk
  • It’s not the future we should fear so much as re-embracing a failed past. Mark Kenny
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Learn to let go of worries about the future   

  • Believe in the Divine Order of the universe and trust that the future will unfold as it’s meant to
  • As you begin to live in the present moment, you will experience a subtle but profound change. Worrying about the future will cease. A deep peace will enfold you, a peace that says, ‘All is well. There is nothing to fear.’ Everything is unfolding according to plan and you are being guided each step along the way. Douglas Bloch
  • Do not be afraid of tomorrow; for God is already there.
  • Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.  Corrie ten Boom
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Go forward to meet the future with courage and confidence   

  • Let go of the past and go for the future. Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you imagined.  Henry David Thoreau
  • Look not mournfully into the past, it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present, it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear and with a manly heart. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Nobody can really guarantee the future. The best we can do is size up the chances, calculate the risks involved, estimate our ability to deal with them and then make our plans with confidence. Henry Ford
  • Standing in the inspiring vision of my future,I boldly take every step – large and small – with courage and intent. Jonathan Lockwood Huie
  • The future has many names: For the weak, it means the unattainable. For the fearful, it means the unknown. For the courageous, it means opportunity. Victor Hugo
  • I like stepping into the future. Therefore, I look for doorknobs. Mark Rosen
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Look ahead to the future and be interested in it…

  • It is change, continuing change, inevitable change, that is the dominant factor in society today. No sensible decision can be made any longer without taking into account not only the world as it is, but the world as it will be. Isaac Asimov  
  • Its more fun to think of the future than dwell on the past. Sara Shepard
  • My interest is in the future because I’m going to spend the rest of my life there. Charles Kettering
  • Your future takes precedence over your past. Focus on your future, rather than on the past. Gary Ryan Blair
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… but don’t think too much about the future for it will come soon enough   

  • I never think of the future – it comes soon enough. Albert Einstein
  • The future you shall know when it has come; before then, forget it. Aeschylus
  • The problem about the future is that it keeps turning into the present. Bill Watterson
  • The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does. S. Lewis
  • The future arrives too soon and in the wrong order. Alvin Toffler
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Awaken to the possibilities of the future

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The future represents possibility and potential   

  • Tomorrow lurks in us, the latency to be all that was not achieved before. Loren Eiseley
  • The future is simply infinite possibility waiting to happen. What it waits on is human imagination to crystallize its possibility. Leland Kaiser
  • Every hour spent reflecting on the disappointments of the past is an hour stolen from seeing the possibilities that your future holds. Robin S. Sharma
  • The future belongs to people who see possibilities before they become obvious. Ted Levitt
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Be open to the surprises that the future holds in store   

  • I’m making space for the unknown future to fill up my life with yet-to-come surprises. Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Would you like to know your future? If your answer is yes, think again. Not knowing is the greatest life motivator.  So enjoy, endure, survive each moment as it comes to you in its proper sequence — a surprise.  Vera Nazarian
  • The only certain thing about the future is that it will surprise even those who have seen furthest into it. J. Hobsbawm
  • The future can ever promise but one thing and one thing only: surprises. Steven Erikson
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Don’t put things off till the future   

  • The sad truth is that opportunity doesn’t knock twice. You can put things off until tomorrow but tomorrow may never come. Gloria Estefan
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We need to prepare our children for the future   

  • We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future. Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future. Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. Malcom X
  • If we are worried about the future, then we must look today at the upbringing of children. Gordon B. Hinckley
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Let the past inform your future but not consume it

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Let your past and present inform the future …   

  • Do not brood over your past mistakes and failures as this will only fill your mind with grief, regret and depression. Do not repeat them in the future. Sivananda
  • Light tomorrow with today! Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • Right actions in the future are the best apologies for bad actions in the past. Tryon Edwards
  • The most reliable way to anticipate the future is by understanding the present. John Naisbitt
  • The past is to be respected and acknowledged, but not worshipped; it is our future in which we will find our greatness. Pierre Trudeau
  • We have to do with the past only as we can make it useful to the present and the future. Frederick Douglass
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… but never let your past consume your future   

  • Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. John F. Kennedy
  • Every hour spent reflecting on the disappointments of the past is an hour stolen from seeing the possibilities that your future holds. Robin S. Sharma
  • How can the future be molded with hands full of baggage labeled What Was and What Could’ve Been? Where can you go with all that stuff, and how much fun will you have with it when you get there? Leave those bags behind, and hope they stay lost before you get to your next destination. All right, take a few souvenirs if you must, but just nice stuff. No junk. Michael Rawls  
  • I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past. Thomas Jefferson
  • If we open a quarrel between past and present, we shall find that we have lost the future. Winston Churchill
  • One problem with gazing too frequently into the past is that we may turn around to find the future has run out on us. Michael Cibenko
  • We don’t realize that our future is being consumed by our past. JZ Knight
  • The future is a hundred thousand threads, but the past is a fabric that can never be rewoven. Orson Scott Card
  • If we open a quarrel between the past and the present, we shall find that we have lost the future. Sir Winston
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The past influences the future only as much as you let it   

  • The past does not equal the future unless you live there. Tony Robbins
  • The past is not dead, it is living in us, and will be alive in the future which we are now helping to make. William Morris
  • The stories that you tell about your past shape your future. Eric Ransdell
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Have faith that all the dots from the past will connect in the future   

  • Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something–your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. Steve Jobs
  • FaithTrustTrust in God
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Don’t let the future consume the present

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Many of us allow our preoccupation with the future to consume our present   

  • If a man examines carefully his thoughts he will be surprised to find how much he lives in the future. His well- being is always ahead. Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • Many of us crucify ourselves between two thieves – regret for the past and fear of the future. Fulton Oursler
  • Our past and present are only our means; the future is always our end. Thus we never really live, but only hope to live. Blaise Pasca
  • 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
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We often reduce the now to a mere stepping stone to the future   

  • If you then become excessively focused on the goal, perhaps because you are seeking happiness, fulfillment, or a more complete sense of self in it, the Now is no longer honored. It becomes reduced to a mere stepping stone to the future, with no intrinsic value. Your life’s journey is no longer an adventure, just an obsessive need to arrive, to attain, to ‘make it.’ You no longer see or smell the flowers by the wayside either, nor are you aware of the beauty and the miracle of life that unfolds all around you when you are present in the Now. Eckhart Tolle
  • If your destination, or the steps you are going to take in the future, take up so much of your attention that they become more important to you than the step you are taking now, then you completely miss the journey’s inner purpose. Eckhart Tolle
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We strive for fulfilment and perfection sometime in the future   

  • The past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whatever form. Both are illusions. Eckhart Tolle
  • What man really seeks is not perfection which is in the future, but fulfillment which is ever in the present. N. Sri Ram
  • Do you tend to put off living in the present in order to worry about the future, or to yearn for some ‘magical rose garden over the horizon? Dale Carnegie
  • The future is no place to place your better days. Dave Matthews Band
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We use the future to escape the present   

  • I’m not going to be one of those people who sits around talking about what they’re going to do or become. I’m just going to do it. Imagining the future is kind of nostalgia. You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how amazing it will be, and imagining the future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present. John Green
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Happiness is to be found in the present, it has nothing to do with the future   

  • Happiness is not a future event. Joe Fortenberry
  • Happiness is present time, it has nothing to do with the future. Robert Holden
  • Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Earl Nightingale
  • We spend so much time waiting to be happy in the future… that we forget to live in the moment. We fail to realize that happiness can only ever be now. Karl Moore
  • If happiness always depends on something expected in the future, we are chasing a will-o’-the-wisp that ever eludes our grasp, until the future, and ourselves, vanish into the abyss of death. Alan Watts
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Live now for the future is not assured

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We spend so much time preparing for the future that we never really live   

  • Our preoccupation with the future blinds us from the present
  • 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
  • … and saps us of our strength today
  • Sometimes, I feel the past and the future pressing so hard on either side that there’s no room for the present at all. Evelyn Waugh
  • A great source of calamity lies in regret and anticipation; therefore a person is wise who thinks of the present alone, regardless of the past or future. Oliver Goldsmith
  • The longer you wait for the future, the shorter it will be. Loesje  
  • If you are afraid of your future, you don’t have a present. James Petersen
  • PreparationEmbrace the gift of todayCarpe diem (Seize the day)
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Someday is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave   

  • Someday is a disease that will take your dreams to the grave with you. Timothy Ferriss
  • The future is no place to place your better days. Dave Matthews
  • Unfortunately, the clock is ticking, the hours are going by. The past increases, the future recedes. Possibilities decreasing, regrets mounting. Haruki Murakami
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The future is promised to no one   

  • Go for it now. The future is promised to no one. Wayne Dyer
  • The past is over and gone. The future is not guaranteed. Wayne Dyer
  • We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one. George Harrison
  • The future is uncertain but the end is always near.  Jim Morrison
  • The fact that there is a general belief in a future life is no evidence of its truth. Clarence Darrow
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Have faith, hope and optimism for the future …   

  • Faith is equivalent with hope, optimism, and the belief that a positive future awaits us. Andrew Newberg
  • Hope is sweet-minded and sweet-eyed. It draws pictures; it weaves fancies; it fills the future with delight. Henry Ward beecher
  • Hope is what motivates us to work hard and get things done. It’s the idea that something better will happen in the future because of what we do. George Anderton
  • Desire and hope will push us on toward the future. Michel de Montaigne
  • Optimism is a strategy for making a better future. Because unless you believe that the future can be better, you are unlikely to step up and take responsibility for making it so. If you assume there is no hope, you guarantee there will be no hope. Norm Chomsk
  • You realize that our mistrust of the future makes it hard to give up the past. Chuck Palahniuk
  • Whatever with the past has gone, the best is always yet to come. Lucy Larcom
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… but don’t forget to live now   

  • So foolish is the heart of man that he ever puts his hope in the future, learning nothing from his past errors and fancying that tomorrow must be better than today. Mika Waltari
  • Hope is what keeps you going, but hope keeps you focused on the future, and this continued focus perpetuates your denial of the Now and therefore your unhappiness. Eckhart Tolle    
  • Never confuse yourself by visions of an entire lifetime at once… remember that it is not the weight of the future or the past that is pressing upon you, but ever that of the present alone. Marcus Aurelius
  • 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
  • Shut off tomorrow and the future. This time is not yet born. Today is our most precious possession. It is our only sure possession. Dale Carnegie
  • Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. Buddha
  • Don’t live in the past, don’t ponder about the future, stay at the PRESENT moment NOW…always. Mark Twain
  • No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now. Alan Watts
  • We do not live in tomorrow.
  • Cease to inquire what the future has in store, and take as a gift whatever the day brings forth. Horace
  • Seize the day, and put the least possible trust in tomorrow. Horace
  • Embrace the gift of todayCarpe diem (Seize the day)
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Focus on the journey, not just your future destination   

  • To live only for some future goal is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountain which sustain life, not the top. Here’s where things grow. But of course, without the top you can’t have any sides. It’s the top that defines the sides. Robert M. Pirsig
  • Life is a journeyLife is a process
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The future is built by what you do now

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The future exists only as a thought in the head and it has very little to do with reality   

  • Past and future only exist as thoughts in your head. Eckhart Tolle
  • The past gives you an identity and the future holds the promise of salvation, of fulfillment in whatever form. Both are illusions. Eckhart Tolle
  • The future is imaginary. Ken Keyes
  • Live in the present, remember the past, and fear not the future, for it doesn’t exist and never shall. There is only now. Christopher Paolini
  • I have realized that the past and future are real illusions, that they exist in the present, which is what there is and all there is. Alan Wilson Watts
  • But opinions, judgments, memories, dreaming about the future—ninety percent of the thoughts spinning around in our heads have no essential reality. Charlotte J. Beck
  • I don’t think the human mind can comprehend the past and the future. They are both just illusions… Bob Dylan
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Take care of today and the future will take care of itself   

  • …the best possible way to prepare for tomorrow is to concentrate with all your intelligence, all your enthusiasm, on doing today’s work superbly today. That is the only possible way you can prepare for the future. Dale Carnegie
  • By living deeply in the present moment we can understand the past better and we can prepare for a better future. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • If you are truly present and know how to take care of the present moment as best you can, you are doing your best for the future already. Thich Nhat Hanh
  • I try to learn from the past, but I plan for the future by focusing exclusively on the present. That’s where the fun is. Donald Trump
  • Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself… Paramahansa Yogananda
  • Why should you worry about the future? You don’t even know the present properly. Take care of the present and the future will take care of itself. Ramana Maharshi
  • No valid plans for the future can be made by those who have no capacity for living now. Alan Watts
  • Real generosity towards the future lies in giving all to the present. Albert Camus
  • Take care of the present and the future will take care of itself. Ramana Mararshi
  • The only way to deal with the future is to function in the now. Gita Bellin
  • Live quietly in the moment and see the beauty of all before you. The future will take care of itself. Paramahansa Yogananda
  • You have no future, you have power over this moment only; your future is happening now, and by recognizing this, you will have power over what you don’t have. D., Gary R. McClain
  • You had better live your best and act your best and think your best today; for today is the sure preparation for tomorrow and all the other tomorrows that follow. Harriet Martineau  
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… for you weave the future on the loom of today   

  • It is said that the present is pregnant with the future. Voltaire
  • Live in the present moment, but know that you are creating your future in this moment. Robert Anthony
  • The future depends on what we do in the present. Mahatma Gandhi
  • Beware; your actions in the present determine your future.  Mata Amrithanandamayi  
  • The future depends on what you do today. Mahatma Gandhi
  • The future is completely open, and we are writing it moment to moment. Pema Chodron
  • We are weaving the future on the loom of today. Grace Stricker Dawson
  • It is your thoughts and acts of the moment that create your future. Sai Baba
  • Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow. Robert Kiyosaki
  • The future is literally in our hands to mold as we like. But we cannot wait until tomorrow. Tomorrow is now. Eleanor Roosevelt
  • This is what you do. You make a future for yourself out of the raw material at hand. Michael Cunningham
  • You can’t control the future, but you can affect the present moment. If you want to have a better future, create it now. Celestine Chua
  • You have no future, you have power over this moment only; your future is happening now, and by recognizing this, you will have power over what you don’t have. Eve Adamson, Ph.D.
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Not just your doing, but your state of consciousness now also determines the future   

  • What the future holds for you depends on your state of consciousness now. Eckhart Tolle
  • If it is the quality of your consciousness at this moment that determines the future, then what is it that determines the quality of your consciousness? Your degree of presence. So the only place where true change can occur and where the past can be dissolved is the Now. Eckhart Tolle
  • The future depends entirely on what each of us does every day. Gloria Steinem
  • Consciousness
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What you believe about the future shapes how you live now   

  • Very strange is this quality of our human nature which decrees that unless we feel a future before us, we do not live completely in the present. Phillips Brooks
  • What you believe about the future shapes, informs, and determines how you live now. Rob Bell
  • The moment you alter your perception of yourself and your future, both you and your future begin to change. Marilee Zdenek
  • The future influences the present just as much as the past. Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Your past is important, but it is not nearly as important to your present as the way you see your future. Tony Campolo
  • Belief
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The future always begins now …   

  • Each day is a new opportunity. Yesterday is over and done. Today is the first day of my future. Louise L. Hay
  • The future is always beginning now. Mark Strand
  • The future starts today, not tomorrow. John Paul II
  • Find the point where the past is over and the future is yet to begin. Nick Nakov
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… and comes just one day at a time   

  • The best thing about the future is that it comes only one day at a time. Abraham Lincoln
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Set future goals and plans but let go of attachment to outcome

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By all means, have intentions, goals and plans for the future and take actions towards them …

  • Learn to harness the power of intention, and you can create anything you desire. Deepak Chopra
  • Everything that happens in the universe starts with intention. Intention is the very basis of creation. Deepak Chopra
  • Our intention creates our reality. Wayne Dyer
  • I tell you this: Your Life proceeds out of your intentions for it. Neale Donald Walsch
  • You create your thoughts, your thoughts create your intentions, and your intentions create your reality. Wayne Dyer
  • IntentionGoal settingPlanning
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… but let go of your attachment to the result   

  • The key is to have wholesome intentions without being attached to their results. Rick Hanson, Ph.D.
  • Life is under no obligation to give us what we expect. Margaret Mitchell
  • When things don’t seem to go my way, I let go of my attachment to how I think they should be, trusting that I am not seeing the big picture. If I knew the big picture, I would understand that there is a reason for things unfolding the way they are, and that the cosmos has a plan for me much grander than anything I have conceived. Deepak Chopra
  • We must be willing to get rid of the life we’ve planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us. Joseph Campbell
  • Release all expectations after you’ve set your goal. You never know what the universe might deliver to your doorstep. That’s why you want to have an open-mind, because what if the universe has something better in store for you? Henri Junttila
  • Keep some room in your heart for the unimaginable. Mary Oliver
  • ExpectationLet go of your attachments to outcome
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Final thoughts

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More thoughts on past and future   

  • The past is to be respected and acknowledged, but not worshipped; it is our future in which we will find our greatness. Pierre Trudeau
  • Forgiveness does not change the past, but it does enlarge the future. Paul Boese
  • Past and future veil God from our sight; burn up both of them with fire. Rumi
  • We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future. George Bernard Shaw
  • Not much longer shall we have time for reading lessons of the past. An inexorable present calls us to the defence of a great future. Henry Luce
  • The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealised past. Robertson Davies
  • I believe the future is only the past again, entered through another gate. Arthur Wing Pinero
  • The past can’t see you, but the future is listening. Terri Guillemets
  • Losers live in the past. Winners learn from the past and enjoy working in the present toward the future. Denis Waitley
  • May the dreams of your past be the reality of your future.
  • He who controls the present, controls the past. He who controls the past, controls the future. George Orwell
  • For the majority of us, the past is a regret, the future an experiment. Mark Twain
  • One faces the future with one’s past. Pearl S. Buck
  • Our duty is to preserve what the past has had to say for itself, and to say for ourselves what shall be true for the future. John Ruskin  
  • In this bright future you can’t forget your past. Bob Marley
  • Isn’t it amazing the way the future succeeds in creating an appropriate past? John Leonard
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More thoughts on present and future   

  • The future is made of the same stuff as the present. Simone Weil
  • The future is much like the present, only longer. Dan Quisenberry
  • The present was an egg laid by the past that had the future inside its shell. Zora Neale Hurston
  • It is said that the present is pregnant with the future. Voltaire
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On a lighter note   

  • Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race. G. Wells
  • A woman worries about the future until she gets a husband while a man never worries about the future until he gets a wife. Proverb
  • Apologize: To lay the foundation for a future offence. Ambrose Bierce
  • Divorce: Future tense of marriage.
  • Every saint has a past and every sinner has a future. Oscar Wilde
  • Every time I see an adult on a bicycle, I no longer despair for the future of the human race. G. Wells
  • Future: That period of time in which our affairs prosper our friends are true and our happiness is assured. Ambrose Bierce
  • Hard work has a future payoff. Laziness pays off now.
  • How does a man show he’s planning for the future? He buys two cases of beer instead of one.
  • I am busy contemplating my future. Don’t worry, this will only take a minute.
  • I don’t want to be in your future. It’s frustrating enough being in your present. Roger Erickson
  • I finally got my past, present and future tenses correct today. I loved you. I love you. I will love you forever!
  • I like men who have a future and women who have a past. Oscar Wilde
  • I look to the future because that’s where I’m going to spend the rest of my life. George Burns
  • I often think about my future wife and how lax she’s been about getting in touch with me. Ted Alexandro
  • I see a woman with a tattoo and I’m thinking OK here’s a gal who’s capable of making a decision she’ll regret in the future. Richard Jeni
  • I want to go to sleep in my time machine and wake up eight hours in the future. Jarod Kintz
  • I would not say that the future is necessarily less predictable than the past; I think the past was not predictable when it started. Donald Rumsfeld
  • I’m sorry I wasn’t part of your past, can I make it up by being in your future?
  • I’ve got my faults but living in the past isn’t one of them; there’s no future in it. Sparky Anderson
  • I’ve seen the future and it’s much like the present – only longer. Dan Quisenberry
  • If you are truly serious about preparing your child for the future don’t teach him to subtract – teach him to deduct. Fran Lebowitz
  • Instead of past present and future I’d prefer chocolate vanilla and strawberry. Ashleigh Brilliant
  • It isn’t necessary to imagine the world ending in fire or ice. There are two other possibilities: one is paperwork, and the other is nostalgia. Frank Zappa
  • It’s no good pretending that any relationship has a future if your record collections disagree violently or if your favorite films wouldn’t even speak to each other if they met at a party. Nick Hornby
  • It’s tough to make predictions especially about the future. …Yogi’ Berra
  • Neurotic: Someone who worries about things that didn’t happen in the past instead of worrying about things that won’t happen in the future. X
  • Never make predictions especially about the future.   Samuel Goldwyn
  • Predicting the future is easy. It’s trying to figure out what’s going on now that’s hard. Fritz R. S. Dressler
  • Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future. Neils Bohr
  • The best thing about the future is that it comes one day at a time. Abraham Lincoln
  • The best way to predict the future is to invent it. Alan Curtis Kay
  • The farther away the future is, the better it looks.
  • The future according to some scientists will be exactly like the past only more expensive. John Sladek
  • The future ain’t what it used to be. Yogi Berra
  • The future is that period of time in which our affairs prosper, our friends are true, and our happiness is assured. Ambrose Bierce
  • The future will be better tomorrow. Dan Quayle
  • The girl with a future avoids a man with a past. Evan Esar
  • The kiss is a wordless articulation of desire whose object lies in the future and somewhat to the south. Lance Morrow
  • The only people who become wealthy by being concerned with the future are insurance companies. Leo Buscaglia
  • The past is an old armchair in the attic, the present an ominous ticking sound, and the future is anybody’s guess. James Thurber 
  • The trouble with our times is that the future is not what it used to be. Paul Valery
  • There’s no future in time travel.
  • What happens when the future has come and gone? Robert Half
  • 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’re riding in a time machine way far into the future don’t stick your elbow out the window or it’ll turn into a fossil. Jack Handey
  • Worrying about the future is a thing of the past. Pat Paulsen
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