Foresight Quotes

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Margaret Atwood
“If you knew what was going to happen, if you knew everything that was going to happen next—if you knew in advance the consequences of your own actions—you'd be doomed. You'd be ruined as God. You'd be a stone. You'd never eat or drink or laugh or get out of bed in the morning. You'd never love anyone, ever again. You'd never dare to.”
Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin

C. JoyBell C.
“Our bodies have five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing. But not to be overlooked are the senses of our souls: intuition, peace, foresight, trust, empathy. The differences between people lie in their use of these senses; most people don't know anything about the inner senses while a few people rely on them just as they rely on their physical senses, and in fact probably even more.”
C. JoyBell C.

Karen Blixen
“Perhaps he knew, as I did not, that the Earth was made round so that we would not see too far down the road.”
Isak Dinesen, Out of Africa

William S. Burroughs
“The best way to keep something bad from happening is to see it ahead of time... and you can't see it if you refuse to face the possibility.”
William S. Burroughs

Alain de Botton
“Don't despair: despair suggests you are in total control and know what is coming. You don't - surrender to events with hope.”
Alain de Botton

Rasheed Ogunlaru
“How you look at it is pretty much how you'll see it”
Rasheed Ogunlaru

Joanne Harris
“A man may plant a tree for a number of reasons. Perhaps he likes trees. Perhaps he wants shelter. Or perhaps he knows that someday he may need the firewood.”
Joanne Harris, Runemarks

Jared Diamond
“In much of the rest of the world, rich people live in gated communities and drink bottled water. That's increasingly the case in Los Angeles where I come from. So that wealthy people in much of the world are insulated from the consequences of their actions."

[Why Societies Collapse, ABC Local, July 17, 2003]”
Jared Diamond

John F. Kennedy
“All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days . . .nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.”
John F. Kennedy

Jim Butcher
“One can have only as much preparation as he has foresight.”
Jim Butcher, Changes

Michael Bassey Johnson
“No matter how tiny you look, you can lead huge men if you have what the huge men don't have.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Guy Gavriel Kay
Full moon is falling through the sky.
Cranes fly through clouds.
Wolves howl. I cannot find rest
Because I am powerless
To amend a broken world.

Sima Zian added, "I love the man who wrote that, I told you before, but there is so much burden in Chan Du. Duty, assuming all tasks, can betray arrogance. The idea we can know what must be done, and do it properly. We cannot know the future, my friend. It claims so much to imagine we can. And the world is not broken any more than it always, always is.”
Guy Gavriel Kay, Under Heaven

Friedrich A. Hayek
“The mind can never foresee its own advance”
Hayek. F. A.

Stephen Crane
“A serious prophet upon predicting a flood should be the first man to climb a tree. This would demonstrate that he was indeed a seer.”
Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage

John Stuart Mill
“Foresight of phenomenon and power over them depend on knowledge of their sequences, and not upon any notion we may have formed respecting their origin or inmost nature.”
John Stuart Mill, Auguste Comte And Positivism

Susan Blackmore
“Humans are often credited with having real foresight, in distinction to the rest of biology which does not. For example, Dawkins compares the 'blind watchmaker' of natural selection with the real human one. 'A true watchmaker has foresight: he designs his cogs and springs, and plans their interconnections, with a future purpose in his mind's eye. Natural selection . . . has no purpose in mind'.

I think this distinction is wrong. There is no denying that the human watchmaker is different from the natural one. We humans, by virtue of having memes, can think about cogs, and wheels, and keeping time, in a way that animals cannot. Memes are the mind tools with which we do it. But what memetics shows us is that the processes underlying the two kinds of design are essentially the same. They are both evolutionary processes that give rise to design through selection, and in the process they produce what looks like foresight.”
Susan J. Blackmore, The Meme Machine

Piet Hein
“We ought to live each day as though
it were our last day here below.
But if I did, alas, I know
it would have killed me long ago.”
Piet Hein

Robbie Ross
“It is a consolation or a misfortune that the wrong kind of people are too often correct in their prognostications of the future; the far-seeing are also the foolish.”
Robbie Ross, Reviews

“Weeks of coding can save you hours of planning”

Rasheed Ogunlaru
“Until you are clear nothing will be. The moment you are clear everything will be.”
Rasheed Ogunlaru, Soul Trader: Putting the Heart Back into Your Business

Jenny Erpenbeck
“This here is your inheritance, says the senior partner. Yes, he says, Ludwig, I know, and stows the plan for the bathing house (5.5m long, 3.8m wide, outer wall construction: wood, roof construction: thatch), stows both the plan and the mosquito in his briefcase. On a German shelf, this mosquito, pressed flat between large quantities of paper, will outlast time and times, and one day it might even be petrified, who knows.”
Jenny Erpenbeck, Visitation

Gyan Nagpal
“There is wisdom in always exploring the counterpoint- sometimes a silver cloud has a dark lining too.”
Gyan Nagpal

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Some people are rightly pitied by someone or people by whom they are wrongly convinced that they are envied.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Michael Bassey Johnson
“When God sends a message of warning through dreams and visions, he is not sending them to instill fear in your heart. He wants to avert the evil that could have happened and soothe your heart with profound peace.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Stephen King
“No lecture and no moral. Just blood calling to blood. The stupid urges of wakeful people. And you've made it to a time of life when you're completely awake. It's hard for you. I know that. It's hard for everyone, but most teenagers don't have your abilities. Your weapons.”
Stephen King, Doctor Sleep

Jean Baudrillard
“Foresight being the memory of the future, when everything is seeable nothing is any longer foreseeable.”
Jean Baudrillard, Fragments

Natasha Trethewey
“For my father, the myth of Cassandra had been just another way he sought to guide me toward what he thought I needed to know. In some versions, Cassandra's fate is that she is merely misunderstood--not unlike what my father imagined to be the obvious fate of a mixed-race child born in a place like Mississippi. "She was a prophet," he told me, "but no one would believe her." Over the years, though, this second naming would come to weigh heavily on me. It was as if, in giving me that name, he had given me not only the burden of foresight but also the notion of causation--that whatever it was, if I could imagine it, see it in my mind's eye, it would happen because I had envisioned it. As if I had willed it into being.”
Natasha Trethewey, Memorial Drive: A Daughter's Memoir

C.A.A. Savastano
“Predictability is a weakness.”
C.A.A. Savastano

Holly Ringland
“Lulu had made fish tacos using her abuela's recipe, which had travelled around the world from Puerto Vallarta in Mexico with her when her abuela fled an arranged marriage. The secret to her spices was fresh cocoa. Always. Even if only a pinch. And it worked. Alice ate like a hungry dog, cleaning her loaded plate three times and necking beers until she wore the dozy smile of satisfaction that Lulu strived for whenever she cooked. Just one of the things her abuela taught her.
It was also Lulu's abuela who taught her she had prevision. Just like me, she'd say knowingly. Foresight ran in the women of their family, an unbreakable thread through generations, to see danger before it arrived; to see trauma when it was hidden; to see love before it bloomed. Trust yourself, Lupita, her abuela used to say, looking deep into her eyes. This is why we named you 'Little Wolf'. Your instincts will always guide you, like the stars.
Lulu was twelve when her abuela died. Afterwards, Lulu's grief-stricken mother banished their traditional ways. She cleansed their home of shadow boxes and rosary beads. No chili chocolate, no sugar skulls. No fire, no spice. No folktales. No monarch butterflies. No foresight. But Lulu's visions didn't stop. Her mother took her to a doctor in the city. Overactive imagination, the doctor said with a smile as he gave Lulu jelly beans, and her mother a referral to an optometrist. Lulu was prescribed glasses. Are they gone? her mother asked, eyes brimming with desperation. Lulu pushed her new glasses up her nose and nodded. She never again told anyone about her visions. Instead she spent nights by her window, whispering to her abuela in the sky.”
Holly Ringland, The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart

“What was up I didn’t know. But the morning of Carnival, when I was lighting those candles, these two mockingbirds, you see, they flew from the skies, rested on my porch, watched my hands they did. I looked at their bodies. So pretty, shaped like swollen arrows. To them I said, “Welcome.” Who these birds were, I did not know. But mockingbirds don’t fly up every day and watch me light candles, no. So I said to myself, Soliel Marie, something could be up. A breeze blew through. I sucked in as much of the clear wind as I could. I wanted it to sit in my body. Swirl through, find my heart and my bone, I told the breeze. The two mockingbirds right then, lifted wings through the air, them. Then I knew. I opened my mouth so the breeze could leave. Believe me, yes, I felt the sign was definite. Change was coming.”
Connie May Fowler, Sugar Cage

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