Great Foresight Quotations
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Science, Evolution, and Development
Technology (Engineering, Infotech, Sociotech, Cognotech, Biomedtech)
Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources
Economics, Capitalism, Finance, Globalization, and Innovation 
Politics, Security, Democracy, Rights, Health Care, and Sustainability  
Culture: Society, Ethics, Media, Art, Design, Education, Religion 
Organizations: Leadership, MgmtInnov & Entrep, Org. Sustainability & Development 
Personal: Family, Relationships, Careers, and Lifestyle

Top Foresight Quotes

"You are betrayed. You fought for something you did not get. And the glories of the Army and Navy of the United States are gone like a dream in the night. And there ensues upon us a nightmare of dread. And there will come some time, in the vengeful providence of God, another War, in which not a few hundred thousand will have to die, but many millions." - US President Woodrow Wilson, on his failure to get the European nations to seek fair and limited reparations after WWI, and on his failure to build the League of Nations into an effective instrument for peace. Like a few prescient others, including John Maynard Keynes, Wilson forsaw the increased likelihood of WWII.

"What makes us omniscient? Have we a record of omniscience? We are the strongest nation in the world today. I don't believe we should ever apply that economic, military or political power unilaterally. If we'd followed that rule in Vietnam we wouldn't have been there. None of our allies supported us. Not Japan, not Germany, not Britain or France. If we can't persuade nations with comparable values of the merit of our cause, we'd better reexamine our reasoning." - Robert McNamara, US Secretary of Defense during the Vietnam War, 1960-67. He is speaking here in The Fog of War, Errol Morris, 2003. Morris considers this quote the essence of Lesson #8, Be prepared to reexamine your reasoning, one of 11 lessons Morris takes from the life of McNamara.

"A different world cannot be built by indifferent people." - Peter Marshall

"A true visionary sees things as how they could be not as how they are." - Anonymous

"Technology is one small step behind imagination." - Anonymous

"History doesn't repeat itself, but sometimes it rhymes." - Mark Twain

"If you would plan for one year, plant rice
If you would plan for ten years, plant apple trees
If you would plan for one hundred years, educate people." -- Chinese proverb

"It is possible to believe that all the past is but the beginning of a beginning, and that all that is and has been is but the twilight of the dawn. It is possible to believe that all that the human mind has ever accomplished is but the dream before the awakening. We can not see, there is no need for us to see, what this world will be like when the day has fully come. We are creatures of the twilight. But it is out of our race and lineage that minds will spring, that will reach back to us in our littleness to know us better than we know ourselves, and that will reach forward fearlessly to comprehend this future that defeats our eyes. All this world is heavy with the promise of greater things, and a day will come, one day in the unending succession of days, when beings, beings who are now latent in our thoughts and hidden in our loins, shall stand upon this earth as one stands upon a footstool, and shall laugh and reach out their hands amidst the stars." - H.G. Wells, 1902.

"Let us not be content to wait and see what will happen, but give us the determination to make the right things happen." - Horace Mann

"Insanity [or simply lack of foresight] is doing the same thing in the same way again and again yet always expecting a different result." - Unknown

Science, Evolution, and Development Quotes

Technology (Engineering, Infotech, Sociotech, Cognotech, Biomedtech) Quotes

“The power-efficiency of computers have increased by a factor of 100 million in 50 years. Our studies in fundamental physics tell us that power-efficiencies can grow to a factor of 1 billion over what they are today. What this tells me is that the age of computers has barely begun.” – Stan Williams, HP, Computers, Modern Marvels, History Channel

Contemporary novels that leave out technology as a central plot element misrepresent life as badly as Victorian novels misrepresented life by leaving out sex." - Kurt Vonnegut

"Imagine if every Thursday your shoes exploded if you tied them the usual way. This happens to us all the time with computers, and nobody thinks of complaining." - Jef Raskin, interviewed in Doctor Dobb's Journal

Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Quotes

Economics, Capitalism, Finance, Globalization, and Innovation Quotes

Politics, Security, Democracy, Rights, Health Care, and Sustainability Quotes

"Dissent is the highest form of patriotism." - Mark Twain

"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones." 
- Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955)

Culture: Society, Ethics, Media, Art, Design, Education, Religion Quotes 

"I wish [domesticated] animals could have more than just a low-stress life and a quick, painless death. I wish our domesticated animals could have a good life, too, with something useful to do. I think we own them that." - Temple Grandin,Animals in Translation, 2005

"People were animals too, once, and when we turned into human beings we gave something up. Being close to animals brings some if it back."
 - Temple Grandin, Animals in Translation, 2005

"In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists." 
Eric Hoffer

"Life is already on the fast track, and we are just about to hit the Nitro." - W. Alex Plageman

Organizations: Leadership, MgmtInnovation & Entrep, Org. Sustainability & Development Quotes

Personal: Family, Relationships, Careers, and Lifestyle Quotes

"You can't have courage without both fear and its overcoming." - Anonymous

"An unexamined life is not worth living" - Socrates

"An unexamined principle is not worth having." - Miguel Aznar

"Anyone can become angry. That is easy. But to be angry with the right person, to the right degree, at the right time, for the right purpose, and in the right way—this is not easy." - Aristotle

"I have but one lamp by which my feet are guided, and that is the lamp of experience. I know no way of judging of the future but by the past." - Edward Gibbon, Author, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire

"The future is something which everyone reaches at the rate of sixty minutes an hour, whatever he does, whoever he is." - C.S. Lewis

"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." - Mohandas Gandhi

"You must be the change you wish to see in yourself." - Steven Olender

Multidisciplinary Quotes

"All things in life are in constant flux, and are to some degree unpredictable. The person we are today is to some degree a stranger to what we were ten years ago. We also can't know today some aspects of the person we will be twenty years from now either but they'll be here sooner than we'd like.' - Ben Lippincott

"A problem well stated is a problem half solved." - Charles Kettering 

Realistic Future Fiction Quotes
[Realistic future fiction has major parts which feel like they actually could happen in the future, under the right circumstances. Most fantasy and a lot of science fiction really doesn't count as realistic--there are exceptions however, and if you think that some particular aspect of a fantasy or SF quotation feels realistic, include it here and explain why. Future fiction is a subgenre of general or science fiction that feels realistic most of the way through, even to critical readers. Good future fiction is quite hard to write, as you can imagine.]
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Ghost in the Shell, (manga, anime, movies, video games, 1995-present) is sci-fi with some realistic themes (nature of identity, future human-machine convergence). Ghost promotes diversity as essential to teamwork and also admonishes the herd mentality. It argues that being an individual is the only way to ensure survival of the whole as well as self. - Brooke Beresford

"In the future, life between the digital and physical world has been blurred. The boundary of technology and humanity has been stretched beyond imagination with lives being led in both the electronic and physical worlds. With the melding of man and machine – a new cybernetic level of existence is being created - An existence that continues to redefine mankind" - Shirow Masamune, Creator, Ghost in the Shell

"You talk about redefining my identity. I want a guarantee that I can still be myself." (Motoko Kusanagi) "There isn't one. All things change in a dynamic environment. Your effort to remain what you are is what limits you." (Puppet Master)Ghost in the Shell.

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