• May 2015

Thinking About the Future: Wit and Wisdom To Help You Achieve Your Dreams

What will the future hold?

Scroll down for a month’s worth of wisdom.

  • May 1: “It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” — William Shakespeare
  • May 2: “You cannot escape the responsibility of tomorrow by evading it today.” — Abraham Lincoln
  • May 3: “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
  • May 4: “Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine.” — Nikola Tesla
  • May 5: “What matters is to live in the present, live now, for every moment is now. It is your thoughts and acts of the moment that create your future. The outline of your future path already exists, for you created its pattern by your past.” — Sai Baba
  • May 6: “Memories are the key not to the past, but to the future.” — Corrie Ten Boom
  • May 7: “It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see.” — Winston Churchill
  • May 8: “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
  • May 9: “Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” — George Orwell
  • May 10: “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
  • May 11: “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” ― Søren Kierkegaard
  • May 12: “Why didn’t I learn to treat everything like it was the last time. My greatest regret was how much I believed in the future.” ― Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
  • May 13: “You realize that our mistrust of the future makes it hard to give up the past.” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor
  • May 14: “Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” ― Corrie ten Boom
  • May 15: “Knowing too much of your future is never a good thing.” ― Rick Riordan, The Lightning Thief
  • May 16: “It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one.” ― George Harrison
  • May 17: “Listen to the people who love you. Believe that they are worth living for even when you don’t believe it. Seek out the memories depression takes away and project them into the future. Be brave; be strong; take your pills. Exercise because it’s good for you even if every step weighs a thousand pounds. Eat when food itself disgusts you. Reason with yourself when you have lost your reason.” ― Andrew Solomon, The Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression
  • May 18: “Girls you’ve gotta know when it’s time to turn the page.” ― Tori Amos, Tori Amos: From the Choirgirl Hotel
  • May 19: “Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could; some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; you shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered with your old nonsense.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • May 20: “A speculator is a man who observes the future, and acts before it occurs.” — Bernard Baruch
  • May 21: “One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon – instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.” — Dale Carnegie
  • May 22: “A cynic is not merely one who reads bitter lessons from the past; he is one who is prematurely disappointed in the future.” — Sydney J. Harris
  • May 23: “The future lies before you, like paths of pure white snow. Be careful how you tread it, for every step will show.” — Author Unknown
  • May 24: “The Future . . . something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is.” — C. S. Lewis
  • May 25: “In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.” — Eric Hoffer
  • May 26: “The future is called “perhaps,” which is the only possible thing to call the future. And the only important thing is not to allow that to scare you.” — Tennessee Williams, Orpheus Descending
  • May 27: “I believe the future is only the past again, entered through another gate.” — Arthur Wing Pinero, The Second Mrs. Tanqueray
  • May 28: “And in today already walks tomorrow.” — Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • May 29: “It is said that the present is pregnant with the future.” — Voltaire
  • May 30: “The future is an opaque mirror. Anyone who tries to look into it sees nothing but the dim outlines of an old and worried face.” — Jim Bishop
  • May 31: “I never think of the future. It comes soon enough.” ― Albert Einstein

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