„If you don't understand other people in their time and why they did what they did, then you don't understand your own past. And when you lose your past, you lose some potential for your own future.“
— C. J. Cherryh United States science fiction and fantasy author 1942
Context: When the legend is retold, it mirrors the reality of the time, and one can learn from studying how various authors have attempted to retell the story. I don't think we have an obligation to change it radically. I think that if we ever move too far from the basic story, we would lose something very precious. I don't, for instance, approve of fantasy that attempts to go back and rewrite the Middle Ages until it conforms to political correctness in the twentieth century. That removes all the benefit from reading the story. If you don't understand other people in their time and why they did what they did, then you don't understand your own past. And when you lose your past, you lose some potential for your own future.
„This is Preservation Month. I appreciate preservation. It's what you do when you run for president. You've got to preserve.“
— George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946
Speaking at observance of Perseverance Month, Fairgrounds Elementary School, Nashua, NH, January 27, 2000 http://articles.latimes.com/2000/jan/28/news/mn-58586
„Suddenly she realized that what she was regretting was not the lost past but the lost future, not what had not been but what would never be.“
— F. Scott Fitzgerald American novelist and screenwriter 1896 - 1940
„Firstly what does conservation mean? It is not merely the saving from extinction of such species as the Notornis, the Leadbetters Possum or the Leathery Turtle; this is important work but it is only part of the problem. You cannot begin to preserve any species of animal unless you preserve the habitat in which it dwells. Disturb or destroy that habitat and you will exterminate the species as surely as if you had shot it. So conservation means that you have to preserve forest and grassland, river and lake, even the sea itself. This is not only vital for the preservation of animal life generally, but for the future existence of man himself — a point that seems to escape many people.“
— Gerald Durrell naturalist, zookeeper, conservationist, author and television presenter 1925 - 1995
„It's only when you're forbidden to talk about the future that you suddenly realize how much the future normally occupies the present.“
— Erica Jong Novelist, poet, memoirist, critic 1942
„The more you observe life in relation to yourself the more you will see the fact that you are hardly ever correct when you think about something in the future. The future exists only in imagination; and that is why, no matter how hard you try to imagine it, you will not be able to predict the future with total certainty.“
— Barry Long Australian spiritual teacher and writer 1926 - 2003
„If you understand this refrain, you're gonna' understand everything I want to say to you today. It has four parts:
: Creativity and innovation always builds on the past.
The past always tries to control the creativity that builds upon it.
Free societies enable the future by limiting this power of the past.
Ours is less and less a free society.“
— Lawrence Lessig American academic, political activist. 1961