The task of asking nonliving matter to speak and the responsibility for interpreting its reply is that of physics.
~J.T. Fraser, Time, the Familiar Stranger, 1987
The quantum is that embarrassing little piece of thread that always hangs from the sweater of space-time. Pull it and the whole thing unravels.
~Fred Alan Wolfe, Star Wave:Mind Consciousness of Quantum Physics, 1984
We have all heard of Young Writers. He is the most current youth of the age.
Some think him conceited, and arrogant; but has he not reason to entertain a rather extensive opinion of himself? Is he not the inventor and owner of the present, and sole hope of the future?
~Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. Second lecture on discoveries and inventions, Feb. 11, 1859. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 3, p. 356, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990)
But let the past as nothing be. For the future my view is that the fight must go on.
(Abraham Lincoln (1809−1865), U.S. president. letter to Norman B. Judd, Nov. 15, 1858. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 3, p. 336, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990))
The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.
~Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Dirk was unused to making such a minuscule impact on anybody. He checked to be sure that he did have his huge leather coat and his absurd red hat on and that he was properly and dramatically silhouetted by the light of the doorway. He felt momentarily deflated and said, “Er . . . “ by way of self-introduction, but it didn’t get the boy’s attention. He didn’t like this. The kid was deliberately and maliciously watching television at him.
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think I have ended up where I needed to be.
~Douglas Adams, The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul (1988)
The idea that Bill Gates has appeared like a knight in shining armor to lead all customers out of a mire of technological chaos neatly ignores the fact that it was he, by peddling second-rate technology, led them into it in the first place, and continues to do so today.
~Douglas Adams, as quoted in The Guardian (1995), and in “Biting Back at Microsoft” (5 June 2001)
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
A fact is a simple statement that everyone believes. It is innocent, unless found guilty. A hypothesis is a novel suggestion that no one wants to believe. It is guilty, until found effective.
It is possible to believe that all the past is but the beginning of a beginning, and that all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn. It is possible to believe that all the human mind has ever accomplished is but the dream before the awakening.
~H. G. Wells
Edith Keeler: One day soon, man is going to be able to harness incredible energies, maybe even the atom . . . energies that could ultimately hurl us to other worlds in . . . in some sort of spaceship. And the men that reach out into space will be able to find ways to feed the hungry millions of the world and to cure their diseases. They will be able to find a way to give each man hope and a common future. And those are the days worth living for.
~Star Trek: The Original Series, “The City on the Edge of Forever”
Without your existential super-self you will certainly perish in wars of the future out among the satellites, overcome by cosmic thought patterns too convoluted for the human brain to contemplate, or, if not that, torn apart by humanoids in the death throes of their own identity crises, or exploded by technological advances available not only to the future but known already to the present and, if not one or more of the above, inevitably coarsened by Earthlings of your own kind.
~Carol Emshwiller, “The Childhood of the Human Hero” (1973)
H. G. Wells [. . . .] saw the obvious and foresaw the inevitable. What is really amazing and frustrating is mankind’s habit of refusing to see the obvious and inevitable, until it is there, and then muttering about unforeseen catastrophes.
~Isaac Asimov, “How Easy to See the Future!” (1975)
Men have an extraordinary, and perhaps fortunate, ability to tune out of their consciousness the most awesome future possibilities.
~Arthur C. Clarke, The Fountains of Paradise (1979)
Therefore I will give him a portion among the great, and he will divide the spoils with the strong, because he poured out his life unto death, and was numbered with the transgressors. For he bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.
He was assigned a grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death, though he had done no violence, nor was any deceit in his mouth.
Never do anything against conscience even if the state demands it.
O I know they make war because they want peace; they hate so that they may live; and they destroy the present to make the world safe for the future. When have they not done and said they did it for that?
~Elizabeth Smart (1913-1986), Canadian author, poet, Necessary Secrets, entry for Feb. 18, 1941, ed. Alice Van Wart (1991)