The best way to predict the future is to invent it.

Dr. Alan C. Kay – American computer scientist (b. 1940), at a “Xerox Palo Alto Research Center” meeting (1971), Quotations book 2021


Our scars remind us of our past, they do not define our future.

proverb, falsely attributed to Mark Twain – born Samuel Langhorne Clemens, American writer (1835-1910)

Know your past

Only those who know the past have a future.

attributed to Wilhelm von Humboldt – Prussiian scholar, writer and statesman (1767-1835), allegedly said during a journey to Paris in 1789, Quotations book 2020

No source could be verified by the Wilhelm von Humboldt foundation.

Façonner l’avenir

Pour ce qui est de l’avenir, il ne s’agit pas de le prévoir, mais de le rendre possible.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry – écrivain et aviateur français (1900-1944), de “La Citadelle” (1948)


We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten.

William H. “Bill” Gates – American software entrepreneur, Microsoft (b. 1955), from “The Road Ahead” (1995), Quotations book 2015


We are the makers of our own destiny. We can mend or mar the present and on that will depend the future.

Mahatma Gandhi – Indian politician (1869-1948), from an interview with the Chinese ambassador in India, Dr. Lo Chia Luen (1947)


Teach us to realize how short our lives are. Then our hearts will become wise.

The Bible, Psalms 90:12 (NIRV) – Quotations book 2009


If the rate of change on the outside exceeds the rate of change on the inside, the end is in sight.

Jack Welch – born John Francis Welch jr., legendary American manager: General Electric (1935-2020), Fortune 1999: Manager of the Century

Enjoy uncertainty

You have a choice. You can worry until you drop dead. Or you can prefer to enjoy the little bit of uncertainty.

Norman Mailer – American writer and director (1923-2007)

Seeing possibilities

The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious.

John Sculley – American entrepreneur and investor (b. 1939), Quotations book 2014


Tradition is not to preserve the ashes but to pass on the flame.



The past cannot be changed. The future is still in your power.

Hugh White – American lawyer, businessman and politician (1798-1870)


Celui qui veut lire l’avenir doit feuilleter le passé.

attribué à André Malraux – écrivain et homme politique français (1901-1976)


There is a future for the man of peace.

The bible, Psalm 37:37 (ESV) – Quotations book 2019


Przyszłości się nie poznaje, lecz się ją tworzy.

Stanisław Brzozowski – polski filozof i pisarz (1878 – 1911), z “Legenda Młodej Polski. Studia o strukturze duszy kulturalnej” (1910)

You don’t recognize the future, but you create it.

Stanisław Brzozowski – Polisch philosopher and writer (1878-1911), from “The Legend of Young Poland. Studies on the Structure of the Cultural Spirit” (“Legenda Młodej Polski. Studia o strukturze duszy kulturalnej”, 1910)

Past and future

We are made wise not by the recollection of our past, but by the responsibility for our future.

George Bernard Shaw – Irish writer, Nobel Prize in literature 1925 (1856-1950), from “Back to Methuselah” (1921), Quotations book 2014

Glorious future

Most things remain to be done. Glorious future.

Ingvar Kamprad – Swedish entrepreneur, founder of IKEA (1926-2018)

Look forward

The longer you can look back, the farther you can look forward.

Sir Winston L. Churchill – British politician, 1940-45 and 1951-55 Prime Minister, Nobel Prize in literature 1953 (1874-1965), from “Maxims”, March 2nd, 1944 Royal College of Physicians, London, Quotations book 2012


Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.

attributed to Malcolm X zugeschrieben – born Malcolm Little; American Muslim preacher and civil rights activist (1925-1965)

Scilled investment

The social object of skilled investment should be to defeat the dark forces of time and ignorance which envelope our future.

John Maynard Keynes – British economist and investor (1883-1946)


The future is never clear. You pay a very high price in the stock market for a cheery consensus. Uncertainty is the friend of the buyer of long-term values.

Warren Buffett – American value investor, Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway (b. 1930), Quotations book 2014


As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.

attributed to William H. “Bill” Gates – American Software entrepreneur, Microsoft (b. 1955)


We are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives.

Criswell (aka “The Amazing Criswell”) – born Jeron Criswell Konig, American Entertainer and spycic  (1907-1982), from the beginning speech of the science fiction movie “Plan 9 From Outer Space” (1957)

Dreams of the future

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.

Eleanor Roosevelt – American presidential spouse 1933-45 and philanthropist, co-writer of the UN Charta for human rights (1884-1962), Quotations book 2004


Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

attributed to William James – American philosopher and psychologist (1842-1910), Quotations book 2020


The world will survive. It survived all of people’s stupidities as well as countless changes from Mother Nature and so it will do this time.

James B. “Jim” Rogers – American star investor, business columnist and author (b. 1942), Quotations book 2013