The world is full of people whose notion of a satisfactory future is, in fact, a return to the idealized past.
The future belongs to those who are virile, to whom it is a pleasure to live, to create, to what their intelligence on that of the others.
The future you shall know when it has come; before then, forget it.
Work for your future as if you are going to live forever, for your afterlife as if you are going to die tomorrow.
We steal if we touch tomorrow. It is God’s.
Real generosity toward the future consists in giving all to what is present.
It is not Justice the servant of men, but accident, hazard, Fortune – the ally of patient Time – that holds an even and scrupulous balance.
Everything that looks to the future elevates human nature; for never is life so low or so little as when occupied with the present.
Look not sorrowfully into the past; it comes not back again. Wisely improve the present; it is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future without fear, and with a manly heart.
Even if I knew that tomorrow the world would go to pieces, I would still plant my apple tree.