Thoughts on the future

Published: May 24, 2021 11:08:08 AM IST

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Map out your future, but do it in pencil. The road ahead is as long as you make it. Make it worth the trip.
—Jon Bon Jovi
American singer-songwriter


Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.
—Niels Bohr
Danish physicist


A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.
—Jean de La Fontaine
French poet


There is nothing like a dream to create the future.
—Victor Hugo
French poet, novelist and dramatist


The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.
—Warren Bennis
American scholar


Destiny is no 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
American politician

There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
—Graham Greene
English writer and journalist


I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.
—James Joyce
Irish novelist


The future influences the present just as much as the past.
—Friedrich Nietzsche
German philosopher


Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to their work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine.
—Nikola Tesla
Serbian-American inventor


You can never plan the future by the past.
—Edmund Burke
Irish statesman & philosopher


Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.
—Niels Bohr
Danish physicist


A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.
—Jean de La Fontaine
French poet


There is nothing like a dream to create the future.
—Victor Hugo
French poet, novelist and dramatist


The factory of the future will have only two employees, a man and a dog. The man will be there to feed the dog. The dog will be there to keep the man from touching the equipment.
—Warren Bennis
American scholar


Destiny is no 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
American politician


There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
—Graham Greene
English writer and journalist


I am tomorrow, or some future day, what I establish today. I am today what I established yesterday or some previous day.
—James Joyce
Irish novelist


The future influences the present just as much as the past.
—Friedrich Nietzsche
German philosopher


Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to their work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine.
—Nikola Tesla
Serbian-American inventor

You can never plan the future by the past.
—Edmund Burke
Irish statesman & philosopher


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