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The world began without man, and it will end without him.

—Claude Lévi-Strauss, 1955

Time will reveal everything. It is a babbler and speaks even when not asked.

—Euripides, c. 425 BC

As natural selection works solely by and for the good of each being, all corporeal and mental endowments will tend to progress toward perfection.

—Charles Darwin, 1859

People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.

—Edmund Burke, 1790

The world is dying of machinery; that is the great disease, that is the plague that will sweep away and destroy civilization; man will have to rise against it sooner or later.

—George Moore, 1888

The less a man knows about the past and the present, the more insecure must prove to be his judgment of the future.

—Sigmund Freud, 1927

Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present.

—Albert Camus, 1951

A change of fortune hurts a wise man no more than a change of the moon.

—Benjamin Franklin, 1732

God seems to have left the receiver off the hook, and time is running out.

—Arthur Koestler, 1967

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

—Charles F. Kettering, 1946

I’ve seen the future, brother; it is murder.

—Leonard Cohen, 1992

Fate leads the willing and drags along those who hang back.

—Cleanthes, c. 250 BC

All progress is based upon a universal, innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.

—Samuel Butler, c. 1890