God will not suffer man to have a knowledge of things to come; for if he had prescience of his prosperity, he would be careless; and if understanding of his adversity, he would be despairing and senseless.
We should live for the future, and yet should find our life in the fidelities of the present; the last is the only method of the first.
The veil which covers the face of futurity is woven by the hand of mercy.
The golden age is not in the past, but in the future; not in the origin of human experience, but in its consummate flower; not opening in Eden, but out from Gethsemane.
What is already passed is not more fixed than the certainty that what is future will grow out of what has already passed, or is now passing.
Age and sorrow have the gift of reading the future by the past.
We are always looking to the future; the present does not satisfy us.—Our ideal, whatever it may be, lies further on.
We always live prospectively, never retrospectively, and there is no abiding moment.
Everything that looks to the future elevates human nature; for life is never so low or so little as when occupied with the present.
Trust no future however pleasant; let the dead past bury its dead. Act—act in the living present, heart within, and God o'erhead.
Look not mournfully to 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.
The best preparation for the future, is the present well seen to, and the last duty done.
The future, only, is our goal.—We are never living, but only hoping to live; and looking forward always to being happy, it is inevitable that we never are so.
Oh, blindness to the future! kindly given, that each may fill the circle marked by heaven.
How narrow our souls become when absorbed in any present good or ill!—It is only the thought of the future that makes them great.
The future is always a fairy land to the young.