|That what will come, and must come, shall come well.|
Edwin ArnoldLight of Asia. Bk. VI. L. 274.
|Making all futures fruits of all the pasts.|
Edwin ArnoldLight of Asia. Bk. V. L. 432.
|Some day Love shall claim his own|
Some day Right ascend his throne,
Some day hidden Truth be known;
Some daysome sweet day.
Lewis J. BatesSome Sweet Day.
|The year goes wrong, and tares grow strong,|
Hope starves without a crumb;
But Gods time is our harvest time,
And that is sure to come.
Lewis J. BatesOur Better Day.
|Dear Land to which Desire forever flees;|
Time doth no present to our grasp allow,
Say in the fixed Eternal shall we seize
At last the fleeting Now?
Bulwer-LyttonCorn Flowers. Bk. I. The First Violets.
|You can never plan the future by the past.|
BurkeLetter to a Member of the National Assembly. Vol. IV. P. 55.
|With mortal crisis doth portend,|
My days to appropinque an end.
ButlerHudibras. Pt I. Canto III. L. 589.
|Tis the sunset of life gives me mystical lore,|
And coming events cast their shadows before.
|Certis rebus certa signa præcurrunt.|
Certain signs precede certain events.
CiceroDe Divinatione. I. 52.
| * * * So often do the spirits|
Of great events stride on before the events,
And in to-day already walks to-morrow.
ColeridgeDeath of Wallenstein. Act V. Sc. 1.
|There shall be no more snow|
No weary noontide heat,
So we lift our trusting eyes
From the hills our Fathers trod:
To the quiet of the skies:
To the Sabbath of our God.
Felicia D. HemansEvening Song of the Tyrolese Peasants.
|Quid sit futurum cras, fuge quærere: et|
Quem Fors dierum cunque dabit, lucro
Cease to inquire what the future has in store, and to take as a gift whatever the day brings forth.
HoraceCarmina. I. 9. 13.
|Prudens futuri temporis exitum|
Caliginosa nocte premit deus.
A wise God shrouds the future in obscure darkness.
HoraceCarmina. III. 29. 29.
|Youll see that, since our fate is ruled by chance,|
Each man, unknowing, great,
Should frame life so that at some future hour
Fact and his dreamings meet.
Victor HugoTo His Orphan Grandchildren.
| With whom there is no place of toil, no burning heat, no piercing cold, nor any briars there
this place we call the Bosom of Abraham.|
JosephusDiscourse to the Greeks concerning Hades. HomerOdyssey. VI. 42.
|When Earths last picture is painted, and the tubes are twisted and dried,|
When the oldest colours have faded, and the youngest critic has died,
We shall rest, and faith, we shall need itlie down for an æon or two,
Till the Master of All Good Workmen shall set us to work anew.
KiplingWhen Earths Last Picture Is Painted.
|Le présent est gros de lavenir.|
The present is big with the future.
| Look not mournfully into 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.
|Trust no Future, howeer pleasant!|
Let the dead Past bury its dead!
LongfellowA Psalm of Life.
|Theres a good time coming, boys;|
A good time coming:
We may not live to see the day,
But earth shall glisten in the ray
Of the good time coming.
Cannon-balls may aid the truth,
But thoughts a weapon stronger;
Well win our battle by its aid,
Wait a little longer.
Chas. MackayThe Good Time Coming.
| The future is a world limited by ourselves; in it we discover only what concerns us and, sometimes, by chance, what interests those whom we love the most.|
MaeterlinckJoyzelle. Act I.
| Take therefore no thought for the morrow; for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.|
Matthew. VI. 34.
| The never-ending flight|
Of future days.
MiltonParadise Lost. Bk. II. L. 221.
|There was the Door to which I found no key;|
There was the Veil through which I might not see.
Omar KhayyamRubaiyat. St. 32. (Later ed.) FitzGeralds trans.
|Venator sequitur fugientia; capta relinquit;|
Semper et inventis ulteriora petit.
The hunter follows things which flee from him; he leaves them when they are taken; and ever seeks for that which is beyond what he has found.
OvidAmorum. Bk. II. 9. 9.
|Ludit in humanis divina potentia rebus,|
Et certam præsens vix habet hora fidem.
Heaven makes sport of human affairs, and the present hour gives no sure promise of the next.
OvidEpistolæ Ex Ponto. IV. 3. 49.
|Nos duo turba sumus.|
We two [Deucalion and Pyrrha, after the deluge] form a multitude.
OvidMetamorphoses. I. 355.
|Après nous le déluge.|
After us the deluge.
Mme. Pompadour. After the battle of Rossbach. See LarousseFleurs Historiques. Madame de HaussetMemoirs. (Ed. 1824). P. 19. Also attributed to Louis XV by the French. Compare CiceroDe Finibus. XI. 16.
|Oh, blindness to the future! kindly givn,|
That each may fill the circle markd by heaven.
PopeEssay on Man. Ep. I. L. 85.
|In adamantine chains shall Death be bound,|
And Hells grim tyrant feel th eternal wound.
PopeMessiah. L. 47.
|And better skilled in dark events to come.|
PopeOdyssey. Bk. V. 219.
|Etwas fürchten und hoffen und sorgen,|
Muss der Mensch für den kommenden Morgen.
Man must have some fears, hopes, and cares, for the coming morrow.
SchillerDie Braut von Messina.
|But theres a gude time coming.|
ScottRob Roy. Ch. XXXII.
|Calamitosus est animus futuri anxius.|
The mind that is anxious about the future is miserable.
SenecaEpistolæ Ad Lucilium. XCVIII.
| How many ages hence|
Shall this our lofty scene be acted over
In states unborn and accents yet unknown.
Julius Cæsar. Act III. Sc. 1. L. 111.
| God, if Thy will be so,|
Enrich the time to come with smooth-faced peace,
With smiling plenty and fair prosperous days!
Richard III. Act V. Sc. 5. L. 32.
|Quid crastina volveret ætas,|
Scire nefas homini.
Man is not allowed to know what will happen to-morrow.
StatiusThebais. III. 562.
| Could we but know|
The land that ends our dark, uncertain travel.
E. C. StedmanUndiscovered Country.
|When the Rudyards cease from Kipling|
And the Haggards ride no more.
J. K. StephenLapsus Calami.
|When I am dead let the earth be dissolved in fire.|
Suetonius. Quoting Nero. Nero. 38. Quoted by Milton from Tiberius in his Church Government. Bk. I. Ch. V. Tiberius, quoting an unknown Greek poet. See note of Leutsch, Appendix II. 56, to Proverbs LVIII. 23. EuripidesFragment Inc. B. XXVII.
| Till the sun grows cold,|
And the stars are old,
And the leaves of the Judgment Book unfold.
Bayard TaylorBedouin Song.
|Istuc est sapere, non quod ante pedes modo est|
Videre, sed etiam illa, quæ futura sunt
That is to be wise to see not merely that which lies before your feet, but to foresee even those things which are in the womb of futurity.
TerenceAdelphi. III. 3. 32.
|I hear a voice you cannot hear,|
Which says, I must not stay;
I see a hand you cannot see,
Which beckons me away.
TickellColin and Lucy.
|Dabit deus his quoque finem.|
God will put an end to these also.
VergilÆneid. I. 199.