150 Future Quotes That Will Give You Perspective (And Hope)

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

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We are going from bread and circuses to cannabis and video games to psychedelics and VR. Naval Ravikant

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Understand: the future belongs to groups that are fluid, fast, and nonlinear. Robert Greene

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The future depends on what you do today. Mahatma Gandhi

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There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future. Augustine of Hippo


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Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin. Mother Teresa

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A happy man is too satisfied with the present to dwell too much on the future. Albert Einstein

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He who has courage despises the future. Napoleon Bonaparte

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You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending. C.S. Lewis

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Understand your past, live this moment, dream your future. Maxime Lagacé


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Fear not for the future, weep not for the past. Percy Bysshe Shelley

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To make the future is highly risky. It is less risky, however, than not to try to make it. Peter F. Drucker

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We did not come to fear the future. We came here to shape it. Barack Obama

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The empires of the future will be empires of the mind. Winston Churchill (1943)

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The most amazing thing about the future won’t be the spaceships, but the beings flying them. Yuval Noah Harari

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The Best Future Quotes

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The future is completely open and we are writing it moment to moment. Pema Chödrön Click to tweet

The future has a way of arriving unannounced. George Will

Unless you are 80 years old or something, you will have to repeatedly reinvent yourself in the coming decades — you’ll probably change your job a number of times. Yuval Noah Harari

We need to get to know ourselves better and we need to develop this mental flexibility. Not as a kind of hobby for the side. This is really the most important quality or skill to just survive the upheavals in the coming decades. Yuval Noah Harari

The technology is unstoppable. The future is bright. Naval Ravikant

Nothing that we do lasts. Eventually, you will fade. Your works will fade. Your children will fade. Your thoughts will fade. These planets will fade. This sun will fade. It will all be gone. Naval Ravikant

Life is not linear. It does not steadily become better or worse. It is cyclical in nature. The same patterns (like joy and sorrow) repeat again and again in an alternating rhythm. Understand this, be released from the illusion of a blissful future, and start living now. @TheAncientSage

Hope is the ability to hear the music of the future; faith is the courage to dance to it today. Peter Kuzmic

The future is literally in our hands to mold as we like. But we cannot wait until tomorrow. Tomorrow is now. Eleanor Roosevelt

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The future is always beginning now. Mark Strand

The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin Click to tweet

Discipline has within it the potential for creating future miracles. Jim Rohn

These days people seek knowledge, not wisdom. Knowledge is of the past, wisdom is of the future. Vernon Cooper

Every man’s life lies within the present; for the past is spent and done with, and the future is uncertain. Marcus Aurelius

Future love does not exist. Love is a present activity only. The man who does not manifest love in the present has not love. Leo Tolstoy

Modern humans overdose on information, pushing the limits of our design constraints. Future humans will adopt filtering mechanisms to avoid drowning in random data. They’ll look back on us with pity. Attention pollution is a huge drain on our collective intellectual resources. @TheStoicEmperor

The perfected future never arrives. Life is full of seemingly endless trouble, and then life ends. Find peace in the imperfect present. @TheStoicEmperor

Life can be found only in the present moment. The past is gone, the future is not yet here, and if we do not go back to ourselves in the present moment, we cannot be in touch with life. Thich Nhat Hanh

The future comes slowly, the present flies and the past stands still forever. Friedrich Schiller

The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways. Robert Greene

Make creativity rather than comfort your goal and you will ensure far more success for the future. Robert Greene

Part 2. Future Quotes That Are…

The Most Famous Future Quotes (Einstein, Roosevelt, Thoreau, etc.)

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Study the past if you would define the future. Confucius Click to tweet

One faces the future with one’s past. Pearl S. Buck

For the majority of us, the past is a regret, the future an experiment. Mark Twain

You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something – your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life. Steve Jobs

The future rewards those who press on. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I’m going to press on. Barack Obama

What I’m asking for is hard. It’s easier to be cynical; to accept that change isn’t possible, and politics is hopeless, and to believe that our voices and actions don’t matter. But if we give up now, then we forsake a better future. Barack Obama

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. Buddha

Today I will do what others won’t, so tomorrow I can accomplish what others can’t. Jerry Rice

If you get up in the morning and think the future is going to be better, it is a bright day. Otherwise, it’s not. Elon Musk

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I never think of the future. It comes soon enough. Albert Einstein

I do not want to foresee the future. I am concerned with taking care of the present. God has given me no control over the moment following. Mahatma Gandhi

We face the future with our past and our present as guarantors of our promises. Theodore Roosevelt

We cannot build our own future without helping others to build theirs. Bill Clinton

The best thing about the future is that it only comes one day at a time. Abraham Lincoln

You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today. Abraham Lincoln

Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. John F. Kennedy

I like dreams of the future better than the history of the past. Thomas Jefferson Click to tweet

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because some day in life you will have been all of these. George Washington Carver

The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is. C.S. Lewis

The past is no more, the future is not yet. “Now” includes the balance of being here, experiencing, involvement, phenomenon, awareness. Bruce Lee

No matter how dirty your past is, your future is still spotless. Drake

Even the smallest person can change the course of the future. Queen Galadriel (Lord Of The Rings)

Prediction is very difficult, especially of the future. Niels Bohr

The greatest discovery of all time is that a person can change his future by merely changing his attitude. Oprah Winfrey

We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. Martin Luther King Jr

It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. William Shakespeare

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Short Future Quotes

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One-liners, short future quotes, sayings, thoughts and captions for your bio, social status, self-talk, motto, mantra, signs, posters, wallpapers, backgrounds.
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The future is now. Nam June Paik Click to tweet

The future is emotional. Thibaut

Forever is composed of nows. Emily Dickinson

Only you can control your future. Dr. Seuss

And in today already walks tomorrow. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

We are always yesterday and tomorrow. Théo Lagacé (my 5 year old son)

What is coming is better than what is gone. Arabic proverb

The seeds of our future are sown in our past. Unknown

For the future, the motto is, “No days unalert”. Robert Greene

Go for it now. The future is promised to no one. Wayne Dyer

Let your hopes, not your hurts, shape your future. Robert H. Schuller

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Make your past the fuel for your future. Maxime Lagacé

Heal the past, live the present, dream the future. Mary Engelbreit

It is said that the present is pregnant with the future. Voltaire Click to tweet

Do something today that your future self will thank you for. Sean Patrick Flanery

The past cannot be changed. The future is yet in your power. Unknown

Let him who would enjoy a good future waste none of his present. Roger Babson

The present is short, the future is doubtful, the past is certain. Seneca

The past, the present and the future are really one: they are today. Harriet Beecher Stowe

With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now. Ralph Waldo Emerson

The present is theirs; the future, for which I really worked, is mine. Nikola Tesla

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Inspirational And Optimistic Future Quotes

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The future is better than you think. Peter Diamandis Click to tweet

Never let the future disturb you. You will meet it, if you have to, with the same weapons of reason which today arm you against the present. Marcus Aurelius

As for the future, your task is not to foresee it, but to enable it. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations. George Bernard Shaw

Help others have a better future and yours will be guaranteed. Maxime Lagacé

Now is the only time. How we relate to it creates the future. In other words, if we’re going to be more cheerful in the future, it’s because of our aspiration and exertion to be cheerful in the present. What we do accumulates; the future is the result of what we do right now. Pema Chödrön

Step out of the history that is holding you back. Step into the new story you are willing to create. Oprah Winfrey Click to tweet

You better live your best and act your best and think your best today; for today is the sure preparation for tomorrow and all the other tomorrows that follow. Harriet Martineau

The further and deeper we contemplate the future, the greater our capacity to shape it according to our desires. Robert Greene

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Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay. Simone de Beauvoir

There is never time in the future in which we will work out our salvation. The challenge is in the moment; the time is always now. James Baldwin

People who don’t need the money can work for payoffs that are further in the future and more uncertain, but much bigger. They can arbitrage other people’s need for immediacy and certainty, and hire them as employees. The less you need it today, the more you can have tomorrow. Johnny Uzan

Don’t burn your future on the altar of the past. Remember it. Don’t live in it. Learn the lesson. The past is fixed. The future is variable. You will transform. You will endure. @TheStoicEmperor

It is fruitless to wish you had started years ago. In the future you will wish you had started now. Don’t wish. Act. @TheStoicEmperor

You can build a future out of anything. A scrap, a flicker. The desire to go forward, slowly, one foot at a time. You can build an airy city out of ruins. Lauren Oliver

The past explains how I got here, but the future is up to me – and I love to live life at full throttle. Janice Dickinson

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Funny And Surprising Quotes About The Future

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The future always comes too fast and in the wrong order. Alvin Toffler Click to tweet

Tomorrow is only found in the calendar of fools. Og Mandino

The hard work of the future will be pushing buttons. Nikola Tesla

Let others consult the horoscope, or read tarot cards: You have more concrete means of seeing into the future. Robert Greene

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

Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window. Peter F. Drucker

The future isn’t just something that happens. It’s a brutal force with a great sense of humor that will steamroll you if you’re not watching. Bill Murray

If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face forever. George Orwell (1984) (Not sure if it’s funny after all…)

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The future is already here – it’s just not very evenly distributed. William Gibson Click to tweet

The future interests me – I’m going to spend the rest of my life there. Mark Twain

People live for the morrow, because the day-after-to-morrow is doubtful. Friedrich Nietzsche

It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future. Yogi Berra

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Deep Future Quotes (That Will Make You Think)

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He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past. George Orwell Click to tweet

The most painful state of being is remembering the future, particularly the one you’ll never have. Søren Kierkegaard

What is history? An echo of the past in the future; a reflex from the future on the past. Victor Hugo

Fuck yesterday. Don’t dwell on it. Understand it, learn from it but don’t over respect it and allow it to affect tomorrow negatively. Gary Vaynerchuk

You’re addicted to past and future thinking because it feels safe. You avoid present thinking because it feels unsafe. Maxime Lagacé

The twentieth century was great and terrible, and the twenty-first century promises to be far greater and more terrible. Peter Thiel

A future society may support overclocking brilliant young scientists with mental performance enhancing drugs to get more scientific breakthroughs. Naval Ravikant

Anti-establishment candidates are the future. Naval Ravikant

Future: Money becomes information. Weapons become information. Land becomes information. Software eats society. Naval Ravikant

Ubiquitous streaming cameras with remote storage will eventually end almost all physical criminal activities. Naval Ravikant

Anything you do will fade. It will disappear, just like the human race will disappear and the planet will disappear. Get to Mars, even that group will disappear. No one is going to remember you past a certain number of generations, whether you’re an artist or a poet or a conqueror or a pauper or nothing. Naval Ravikant

Be skeptical of approaches that don’t find it necessary to suffer today for a better tomorrow. Shane Parrish Click to tweet

The moment you move to protect the status quo instead of disrupting or improving it, you put yourself at risk of becoming irrelevant in the near future. Thomas Oppong

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We know the past but cannot control it. We control the future but cannot know it. Claude Shannon

We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations. Anais Nin

Time is accelerating. It’s the first time in history when we’ll have no idea how human society will be like in a couple of decades. Yuval Noah Harari

Illusions: 1. there is a better future awaiting you. 2. some day your problems will end. 3. change of govt will solve your problems. 4. worldly success will make you happy. 5. achieving a particular goal will bring lasting satisfaction. 6. you’ll finally start living after you’ve “made it”. @TheAncientSage

We have created a fragile and comfortable modern world in which things are much less likely to go slightly wrong, yet more likely to go catastrophically wrong. The future offers up enormous opportunity and enormous existential risk. @TheStoicEmperor

I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know no way of judging of the future but by the past. Edward Gibbon

To live only for some future goal is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top. Robert M. Pirsig (Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Amazon book)

People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion. Albert Einstein

The future belongs to the people who can see “now” from a long-term perspective. Greg McKeown

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Wise Future Quotes (Words Of Wisdom)

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Think long term. Execute short term. Experience now. @TheStoicEmperor Click to tweet

Think on the long term when making a decision. Go back to not thinking when you are done. Naval Ravikant

Choose the path that leaves you more equanimous in the long term. Naval Ravikant (See also: inner peace quotes)

Nothing you do is going to matter that much in the long run. Don’t take yourself so seriously. Naval Ravikant

The more you understand yourself, the easier it is to make good decisions. Maxime Lagacé

The only moment of possible happiness, is the present. The past gives regrets. And future uncertainties. Man quickly realised this and created religion. It forgives him what he has done wrong in the past and tells him not to worry about the future, as you will go to paradise. Arsène Wenger

Tomorrow will take care of itself based on what you do today. Shane Parrish

The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is. C.S. Lewis

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An hour of thinking can save a decade of struggle. Johnny Uzan Click to tweet

You likely can’t predict the future but you can prepare for multiple possible futures. Shane Parrish (fs.blog)

Never take it for granted that your past successes will continue into the future. Actually, your past successes are your biggest obstacle: every battle, every war, is different, and you cannot assume that what worked before will work today. Robert Greene

You must always be prepared to place a bet on yourself, on your future, by heading in a direction that others seem to fear. Robert Greene

When people choose between talk about the past and talk about the future, a pragmatic person will always opt for the future and forget the past. Robert Greene

Short-term thinking makes people desperate, ungenerous, impulsive. Long-term thinking makes people calm, gracious, controlled. @TheStoicEmperor

If your options seem limited, expand your time horizon to a decade. Your current circumstances, obligations or skills become irrelevant. Once cured from short term thinking, you’re free to go in any direction. Johnny Uzan

I think the most important thing is to invest in emotional intelligence and mental balance, because the hardest challenges will be psychological. Yuval Noah Harari

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Part 3. Poems about the future

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Poem #1
To the wrongs that need resistance,
To the right that needs assistance,
To the future in the distance,
Give yourselves.
Carrie Chapman Catt

Poem #2
A brief candle; both ends burning
An endless mile; a bus wheel turning
A friend to share the lonesome times
A handshake and a sip of wine
So say it loud and let it ring
We are all a part of everything
The future, present and the past
Fly on proud bird
You’re free at last.
Charlie Daniels

Poem #3
Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season.
It is today that our best work can be done and not some future day or future year.
It is today that we fit ourselves for the greater usefulness of tomorrow.
Today is the seed time, now are the hours of work, and tomorrow comes the harvest and the playtime.
W.E.B. Du Bois

Part 4. Conclusion

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The greatest adventure is what lies ahead. Today and tomorrow are yet to be said. The chances, the changes are all yours to make. The mold of your life is in your hands to break. J.R.R. Tolkien Click to tweet

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maxime lagace

Maxime Lagacé started collecting quotes in 2004 after he lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

In search of meaning, he dived in the self-improvement world, psychology and trail running. His goal was to understand his pain, his depression, his fears, his lack of motivation and inspiration.

Books, blogs, quotes and nature became his guide.

He finished his software engineering degree in 2007 at the École de Technologie Supérieure de Montréal. He also studied at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. A few years later, he started his first website to share his passion for quotes.

Maxime is a father of two and also loves running. His best 5k is 17 minutes 41 seconds and his best marathon (42k) is in 3 hours 33 minutes 11 seconds (with 1800 meters of elevation gain).

Other notable interests of Maxime are health (mental and physical), meditation, nutrition, bananas, human potential, education, learning, productivity and minimalism.

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