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Men are able to assist fortune but not to thwart her. They can weave her designs, but they cannot destroy them.

—Niccolò Machiavelli, 1531

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

—Albert Camus, 1951

I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.

—Thomas Jefferson, 1816

The future comes like an unwelcome guest.

—Edmund Gosse, 1873

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

We must confess that at present the rich predominate, but the future will be for the virtuous and ingenious.

—Jean de La Bruyère, 1688

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

—Paul Valéry, 1931

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

Little folks become their little fate.

—Horace, c. 20 BC

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

—Arthur Koestler, 1967

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

—Book of Proverbs, c. 150 BC

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

—Edmund Burke, 1790

Tomorrow never comes, man. It’s all the same fucking day.

—Janis Joplin, 1972