“The future ain’t what it used to be.”
If you are looking for future quotes to be reassured about what tomorrow might bring, you can certainly find a lot of different perspectives. From dystopian predictions of doom and gloom to visions of a bright future filled with shiny new technology, people have predicted many things about the future.
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Yet, unless you believe that some people are genuinely psychic, the only future that is ahead of us is the future we create. We have the opportunity to create a bright future or a bleak one.
L.M. Montgomery once said: “Tomorrow is fresh, with no mistakes in it.”
We can create a better future. Part of the way to do this is by positively focusing the mind.
A Few Inspirational Future Quotes
Here are a few future quotes to inspire you:
“Remember, happiness doesn’t depend upon who you are or what you have; it depends solely upon what you think. So, start each day by thinking of all the things you have to be thankful for. Your future will depend very largely on the thoughts you think today. So, think thoughts of hope and confidence and love and success.”
Dale Carnegie’s main point is that you will experience those emotions that you most focus on. Some people even believe that by having more positive thoughts, you will end up creating more positive experiences in your life.
“There IS a better future for you! Get rid of that negative and defeated attitude. Stop tearing yourself down and learn to build yourself up. Speak positively about yourself. If you’re not satisfied with who you are and where you’re at in your life, have the courage to make a change and be a person that you can be proud of. Change can be scary but change for the better is very rewarding in the end. You can do it! Do it for YOU.”
Lahart likewise recommends the use of positive thinking and attitudes to help chart a better future.
“The essence of optimism is that it takes no account of the present, but it is a source of inspiration, of vitality and hope where others have resigned; it enables a man to hold his head high, to claim the future for himself and not to abandon it to his enemy.”
–DIETRICH BONHOEFFER, Letters and Papers from Prison
Dietrich Bonheoffer, a German pastor who was executed by the Nazis, somehow managed to remain optimistic in prison, in part due to his faith. While his own ultimate end was grim, he made the best use of his last days to inspire others, and his work now speaks to people many decades later.
“Total self-confidence is built through positive expectations. You can build positive expectations by knowing that you have the power within to overcome any obstacle that lies ahead. So many people have a magnetic attraction to the past. They save mementos, clippings, old letters, and trivia. There is nothing wrong with this, but if you want to succeed, your mind must focus on where you are going, not on where you have been. Instead of saving mementos, clippings, old letters, and trivia from the past, it would be more productive to make a scrapbook with pictures of where you want to go and what you want to be in the future.”
–ROBERT ANTHONY, The Ultimate Secrets of Total Self-Confidence
While having some remembrances of the past is not a bad thing, consider also putting together a “scrapbook” for your future. Doing so can help you get clarity on your direction and also inspire you during times of doubt.
“[I]f you have failed, if through your own fault and your own folly, or the fault and the folly of others, if you have seemed to lose your chance, if you have lost the simple faith of your childhood, if you have atrophied your faculties, even if you have poisoned your blood, begin where you are today and out of the treasured experience of the past, with all its good and also with all its evil, set your face forward toward a nobler and a more splendid future.”
–LYMAN ABBOTT, “Out of the Past,” Sermon, Appleton Chapel, Harvard College, March 26, 1899
That last future quote by Lyman Abbott, spoken more than 100 years ago, teaches us that no matter what has happened in our past, that we can look forward to a brighter future.
What Future Quotes Inspire You?
Whether you believe you create your own future, or you are looking forward to seeing how technology changes our lives, the future can be bright. Focus on the positive and on how you can contribute to making that future better, for yourself and everyone else.