25 Futurist Quotes to Inspire You

We all love a good quote. Those perfectly textured string of words that open our eyes to new possibilities, and enlighten some of the darkness that lies just beyond our current state of mind.

In the spirit of discovery, here are 25 futurist quotes to inspire you:

The human brain had a vast memory storage.  It made us curious and very creative.  Those were the characteristics that gave us an advantage – curiosity, creativity and memory.  And that brain did something very special. It invented an idea called ‘the future.’David Suzuki

For time and the world do not stand still.  Change is the law of life.  And those who look only to the past or the present are certain to miss the future.John F Kennedy

You cannot create new science unless you realise where the old science leaves off and new science begins, and science fiction forces us to confront this.Michio Kaku

I don’t try to describe the future.  I try to prevent it.Ray Bradbury

There is nothing like a dream to create the future.Victor Hugo

Citizens with a conscience are not going to ignore wrong-doing simply because they’ll be destroyed for it: the conscience forbids it.Edward Snowden

Thinking Is Free (image by Dr. Strangelove, CC, Flickr)You can never properly predict the future as it really turns out.  So you are doing something a little different when you write science fiction.  You are trying to take a different perspective on now.Kim Stanley Robinson

The best way to predict the future is to create it.Peter Drucker

I’m an inventor.  I became interested in long-term trends because an invention has to make sense in the world in which it is finished, not the world in which it is started.Ray Kurzweil

Sustainable development is the pathway to the future we want for all.  It offers a framework to generate economic growth, achieve social justice, exercise environmental stewardship and strengthen governance.Ban Ki-moon

They say the innocent have nothing to hide – but they do have something to protect.Shami Chakrabarti

The scientific man does not aim at an immediate result.  He does not expect that his advanced ideas will be readily taken up.  His work is like that of the planter – for the future.  His duty is to lay the foundation for those who are to come, and point the way.Nikola Tesla

It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.Albert Einstein

Without culture, and the relative freedom it implies, society, even when perfect, is but a jungle.  This is why any authentic creation is a gift to the future. – Albert Camus

We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.R. Buckminster Fuller

I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS…people just submitted it.  I don’t know why.  They “trust me”.  Dumb fucks.Mark Zuckerberg

The Web as I envisaged it, we still have not seen it yet.  The future is still so much bigger than the past.Tim Berners-Lee

The danger of the past was that men became slaves.  The danger of the future is that man may become robots.Erich Fromm

Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition.Isaac Asimov

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has. Margaret Mead

The importance of money flows from it being a link between the present and the future.John Maynard Keynes

There are things known, and there are things unknown, and in between are the doors of perception.Aldous Huxley

People can foresee the future only when it coincides with their own wishes, and the most grossly obvious facts can be ignored when they are unwelcome.George Orwell

Philip K DickThe concept of progress acts as a protective mechanism to shield us from the terrors of the future.Frank Herbert

I ask, in my writing, ‘What is real?’ Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms. I do not distrust their motives; I distrust their power.Philip K Dick


2 Responses to 25 Futurist Quotes to Inspire You

  1. […] We all like to have a bit of a chuckle, and there’s not too many jokes out there geared towards the futurist community.  So I’ve tried to collect some from around the web (plus a couple that I’ve crudely made up on my own) for our enjoyment this evening.  Once you’re done having a laugh, you might want to check out 25 Futurist Quotes to Inspire You! […]

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