„I look forward and see myself look back.“

—  Erica Jong

Becoming Light: Poems New and Selected (1991)

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Edward Everett Hale photo

„Look up and not down, look forward and not back, look out and not in, and lend a hand!“

—  Edward Everett Hale American author and Unitarian clergyman 1822 - 1909

Variants of "the Four Mottos":
Look up and not down;
Look out and not in.
Look forward and not back;
Lend a hand!
As used in Our New Crusade (1884)
Look up and not down;
Look forward and not back;
Look out and not in; —
Lend a hand!
Handwritten version published in an 1917 edition
Ten Times One is Ten (1870)

„Looking back to data, we can see if the consequences are plausible; looking forward to theory, we can see if general principles are suggested.“

—  John H. Holland US university professor 1929 - 2015

Fonte: Hidden Order - How Adaptation Builds Complexity (1995), Ch 3. Echoing Emergence, p. 97

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Anna Wintour photo

„Fashion's not about looking back. It's always about looking forward.“

—  Anna Wintour English editor-in-chief of American Vogue 1949

In R.J. Cutler's 2009 documentary film The September Issue.

Agnetha Fältskog photo

„I'm not the person who looks back or looks forward. I try to live in what is now.“

—  Agnetha Fältskog Swedish recording artist and entertainer 1950

Ask Agnetha No. 15, Agnetha Fältskog's YouTube channel (AgnethaOfficial), 16 May 2013 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTKhvSKfMYs

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George Marshall photo

„When a thing is done, it's done. Don't look back. Look forward to your next objective.“

—  George Marshall US military leader, Army Chief of Staff 1880 - 1959

As quoted in "George C. Marshall and the Marshall Plan: A Model of Transformational Diplomacy" (2005) by Tom Callahan http://web.archive.org/web/20050616023457/http://www.state.gov/r/pa/dc/rks/47848.htm

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Mignon McLaughlin photo

„Love looks forward, hate looks back, anxiety has eyes all over its head.“

—  Mignon McLaughlin American journalist 1913 - 1983

The Complete Neurotic's Notebook (1981), Unclassified

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„The kingdom of God is striving to come. The empire that looks back in terror shall give way to the kingdom that looks forward with hope.“

—  George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950

Jesus, as portrayed in Preface, Difference Between Reader And Spectator
1930s, On the Rocks (1933)
Contexto: The kingdom of God is striving to come. The empire that looks back in terror shall give way to the kingdom that looks forward with hope. Terror drives men mad: hope and faith give them divine wisdom. The men whom you fill with fear will stick at no evil and perish in their sin: the men whom I fill with faith shall inherit the earth. I say to you Cast out fear. Speak no more vain things to me about the greatness of Rome. … You, standing for Rome, are the universal coward: I, standing for the kingdom of God, have braved everything, lost everything, and won an eternal crown.

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„Once he’d been in his twenties, looking forward. Now he was a shade past fifty, and what he looked back on was subtly less satisfactory than what he had looked forward to.“

—  Algis Budrys American writer 1931 - 2008

The Executioner, p. 122 (originally published in Astounding Science Fiction, January 1956)
The Unexpected Dimension (1960)

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„The further backward you look, the further forward you can see.“

—  Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965

In Churchill by Himself (2008), Appendix I: Red Herrings, ed. Langworth, PublicAffairs, p. 577 ISBN 1586486381; “Commonly ascribed to WSC, even by The Queen (Christmas Message, 1999). What Churchill actually said was ‘The longer you can look back, the farther you can look forward’”.
The attribution of the mistaken form of the quote to Churchill dates from at least 1959 https://books.google.com/books?id=QN3hAAAAMAAJ&dq=The+farther+backward+you+look%2C+the+further+forward+you+can+see&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=%22backward+you+can+look%22.

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„I avoid looking forward or backward, and try to keep looking upward.“

—  Charlotte Brontë English novelist and poet 1816 - 1855

15 January, 1849. As quoted in Elizabeth Gaskell The life of Charlotte Brontë (1870), p. 285

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„In looking back, I see nothing to regret, and little to correct.“

—  John C. Calhoun 7th Vice President of the United States 1782 - 1850

Letter to Duff Green (10 February 1844), in Correspondence of John C. Calhoun (1900) edited by William Pinkney Starke, p. 569
Contexto: I cannot think in the present state of parties of entering again on the political arena. I would but waste my strength and exhaust my time, without adding to my character, or rendering service to the country, or advancing the cause for which I have so long contended. I feel no disgust nor do I feel disposed to complain of any one. On the contrary, I am content, and willing to end my public life now. In looking back, I see nothing to regret, and little to correct. My interest in the prosperity of the country, and the success of our peculiar and sublime political system when well understood, remain without abatement, and will do so till my last breath; and I shall ever stand prepared to serve the country, whenever I shall see reasonable prospect of doing so.

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