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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

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

—Arthur Koestler, 1967

The future, like everything else, is no longer quite what it used to be.

—Paul Valéry, 1931

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

—Ray Bradbury, 1992

It would be madness, and inconsistency, to suppose that things which have never yet been performed can be performed without employing some hitherto untried means.

—Francis Bacon, 1620

Often the prudent, far from making their destinies, succumb to them; it is destiny which makes them prudent.

—Voltaire, 1764

Little folks become their little fate.

—Horace, c. 20 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

The future comes like an unwelcome guest.

—Edmund Gosse, 1873

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

—Albert Camus, 1951

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, 1899

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.

—Book of Proverbs, c. 150 BC