The separation between past, present and future is only an illusion, although a convincing one.
Everything psychic is pregnant with the future.
Our past thinking has determined our present status, and our present thinking will determine our future status; for man is what man thinks.
For those particular illusions there may well have been a past; it is problematic, however, if there is now much of a future.
Plato possessed the art to dress up illiberal suggestions in such a way that they deceived future ages, which admired the republic without ever becoming aware of what was involved in its proposals.
The importance of man, which is the one indispensable dogma of the theologians, receives no support from a scientific view of the future of the solar system.
To be happy in this world, especially when youth is past, it is necessary to feel oneself not merely an isolated individual whose day will soon be over, but part of the stream of life flowing on from the first germ to the remote and unknown future.
The future depends on ourselves, and we do not depend on any historical necessity.
“Who controls the past,” ran the Party slogan, “controls the future: who controls the present controls the past.”
How could you communicate with the future? It was of its nature impossible. Either the future would resemble the present, in which case it would not listen to him, or it would be different from it, and his predicament would be meaningless.