„The cast of mind which is natural to a discreet man, make him look forward into futurity, and consider what will be his condition millions of ages hence, as well as what it is at present.“
— Joseph Addison politician, writer and playwright 1672 - 1719
Context: The cast of mind which is natural to a discreet man, make him look forward into futurity, and consider what will be his condition millions of ages hence, as well as what it is at present. He knows that the misery or happiness which are reserved for him in another world, lose nothing of their reality by being placed at so great a distance from him. The objects do not appear little to him because they are remote. He considers that those pleasures and pains which lie hid in eternity, approach nearer to him every moment, and will be present with him in their full weight and measure, as much as those pains and pleasures which he feels at this very instant. For this reason he is careful to secure to himself that which is the proper happiness of his nature, and the ultimate design of his being. He carries his thoughts to the end of every action, and considers the most distant as well as the most immediate effects of it. He supersedes every little prospect of gain and advantage which offers itself here, if he does not find it consistent with his views of an hereafter. In a word, his hopes are full of immortality, his schemes are large and glorious, and his conduct suitable to one who knows his true interest, and how to pursue it by proper methods. No. 225.
„You don't want to write a big comment that tells others how to make a change they might want to make, because you don't know what change they're going to want to make. Better to have the attitude that you can't help future programmers make their changes. All you can do is make it easy for them to understand what you were trying to do. And it will be easiest for them to understand what you were trying to do if you were very careful to not try to do too much.“
— Ward Cunningham American computer programmer who developed the first wiki 1949
„When you realize the value of all life, you dwell less on what is past and concentrate more on the preservation of the future.“
— Dian Fossey American zoologist, gorilla researcher 1932 - 1985
„Oh, Sirin, how could you? You know as well as I do how dangerous scrying the future can be. Half the time what it shows you wouldn’t happen if you hadn’t foreseen it.“
— Michael Swanwick American science fiction author 1950
Chapter 16 (p. 277)
— Libba Bray American teen writer 1964
„I have no intention of retaliating or looking backwards. We are going to forget the past and look forward to the future.“
— Jomo Kenyatta First prime minister and first president of Kenya 1893 - 1978
(1964) Post-election statement. Virginia Morell, Ancestral Passions: The leakey Family and the Quest for Humankind's Beginnings, Copyright 1995, Chapter 19, beginning.
„I am very glad you won that fight Matt, but I was not impressed by your performance and I look forward to fighting you in the near future“
— Georges St. Pierre Canadian mixed martial artist 1981
To Matt Hughes at UFC 63 after Matt beat BJ Penn in the 3rd round.
„People look to me and say
Is the end near, when is the final day?
What's the future of mankind?
How do I know, I got left behind“
— Ozzy Osbourne English heavy metal vocalist and songwriter 1948
I Don't Know, written by Ozzy Osbourne, Randy Rhoads and Bob Daisley
„It's the invention of: work. What do people do that animals don't? Work. What does work mean: It means you sacrifice the present for the future. Why do you do that? Because you know that you're vulnerable, and because you're awake. From here on in, from this point forward, there's no return to unconscious paradise. I don't care how many problems you've solved so that today's okay. You have a lot of problems coming up. No matter how much you work, you're never going to work enough to solve all the problems. All you're going to do from here on in is be terrified of the future. That's the price of waking up. It's the end of paradise, and that's the beginning of history.“
— Jordan Peterson Canadian clinical psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychology 1962
— Michael Cunningham, A Home at the End of the World