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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

[Review] Digital Revolution at the Barbican

What we are shown through this fantastic exhibition is more the culmination of what has come before rather than a true vision of the revolutionary space that the future will bring. The revolution of a digital future has yet to come, but engaging experiences such as this are clear evidence that we’re getting very good at saying goodbye to our non-digital past.Continue Reading

2050 Pathways: The Numbers of a Green Economy

2050 Pathways: The Numbers of a Green Economy

The 2050 Pathways calculator is an impressive piece of open-source kit, allowing you to prioritise different avenues for both energy consumption and supply in an attempt to meet current emission reduction targets – “showing the benefits, costs and trade-offs of different versions of the future”.Continue Reading

2013: The Year of the Futurist

2013: The Year of the Futurist

Futurist thinking is starting to become mainstream. We need a world filled with futurists – so are you ready to call yourself one?Continue Reading

The Best of Future Conscience 2009 – 2012

The Best of Future Conscience 2009 – 2012

To recognise three years of writing the blog I’m highlighting some of my favourite posts, the ones that I would hope everybody who visits would read (and share!) and that highlight the tone and purpose of the blog the best.Continue Reading

Buzz Aldrin, Curiosity on Mars, and the Privatisation of Space

Buzz Aldrin, Curiosity on Mars, and the Privatisation of Space

Listening to Buzz Aldrin speak so passionately about space exploration and the new frontiers for humanity brought up some important questions about how much we want to commercialise future endeavours in this arena. Should we allow the privatisation of space?Continue Reading