Posterity Quotes

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John  Adams
“Posterity! you will never know how much it cost the present generation to preserve your freedom! I hope you will make a good use of it.”
John Adams, Letters of John Adams, Addressed to His Wife

Immanuel Kant
“But to unite in a permanent religious institution which is not to be subject to doubt before the public even in the lifetime of one man, and thereby to make a period of time fruitless in the progress of mankind toward improvement, thus working to the disadvantage of posterity - that is absolutely forbidden. For himself (and only for a short time) a man may postpone enlightenment in what he ought to know, but to renounce it for posterity is to injure and trample on the rights of mankind.”
Immanuel Kant, An Answer to the Question: What Is Enlightenment?

William Shakespeare
“Not marble nor the gilded monuments
Of princes, shall outlive this powerful rhyme,
But you shall shine more bright in these contents
Than unswept stone, besmeared with sluttish time.
When wasteful war shall statues overturn
And broils roots out the work of masonry,
Nor mars his sword nor war's quick fire shall burn
The living record of your memory.
'Gainst death and all-oblivious enmity
Shall you pace forth; your praise shall still find room
Even in the eyes of all posterity
That wear this world out to the ending doom.
So, till judgement that yourself arise,
You in this, and dwell in lovers eyes.”
William Shakespeare, Shakespeare's Sonnets

George Orwell
“The planting of a tree, especially one of the long-living hardwood trees, is a gift which you can make to posterity at almost no cost and with almost no trouble, and if the tree takes root it will far outlive the visible effect of any of your other actions, good or evil.”
George Orwell

“I hate posterity - it's so fond of having the last word.”
Saki, Reginald in Russia and Other Sketches

George Orwell
“A thing which I regret, and which I will try to remedy some time, is that I have never in my life planted a walnut. Nobody does plant them nowadays—when you see a walnut it is almost invariably an old tree. If you plant a walnut you are planting it for your grandchildren, and who cares a damn for his grandchildren?”
George Orwell

Alexandre Dumas
“It is quite rare for God to provide a great man at the necessary moment to carry out some great deep, which is why when this unusual combination of circumstance does occur, history at once records the name of the chosen one and recommends him to the admiration of posterity. ”
Alexandre Dumas, The Black Tulip

P.D. James
“Without the hope of posterity, for our race if not for ourselves, without the assurance that we being dead yet live, all pleasures of the mind and senses sometimes seem to me no more than pathetic and crumbling defences shored up against our ruin.”
P.D. James, The Children of Men

“So obscure are the greatest events, as some take for granted any hearsay, whatever its source, others turn truth into falsehood, and both errors find encouragement with posterity.”
Tacitus, The Annals of Imperial Rome

Kevin Kelly
“Our mission as humans is not only to discover our fullest selves in the technium, and to find full contentment, but to expand the possibilities for others. Greater technology will selfishly unleash our talents, but it will also unselfishly unleash others: our children, and all children to come.”
Kevin Kelly, What Technology Wants

Edward Abbey
“Those who have no sense of posterity or any concern for future generations are the ones who are really dead. I mean, they are dead right now. Walking zombies.”
Edward Abbey, Postcards from Ed: Dispatches and Salvos from an American Iconoclast

Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
“What I do not like about our definitions of genius is that there is in them nothing of the day of judgment, nothing of resounding through eternity and nothing of the footsteps of the Almighty.”
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg

“Almost I feel the pulsebeat of the ages,
Now swift, now slow, beneath my fingertips.
The heartthrobs of the prophets and the sages
Beat through these bindings; and my quick hand slips
Old books from dusty shelves, in eager seeking
For truths the flaming tongues of the ancients tell;
For the words of wisdom that they still are speaking
As clearly as an echoing silver bell.
Here is the melody that lies forever
At the deep heart of living; here we keep
The accurate recorded discs that never
Can be quite silenced, though their makers sleep
The still deep sleep, so long as a seeker finds
The indelible imprint of their moving minds.”
Grace Noll Crowell

Henry Fielding
“Comfort me by a solemn Assurance, that when the little Parlour in which I sit at this Instant, shall be reduced to a worse furnished Box, I shall be read, with Honour, by those who never knew nor saw me, and whom I shall neither know nor see.”
Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling

Laurence Overmire
“My charge, then, in putting down my pen, and giving over this work to posterity, is this: Take the time. Take the time to preserve the stories, the photographs, the small mementos that mean so much. This is your legacy to future generations. Give it the attention it deserves. Your children and your grandchildren will thank you for it.”
Laurence Overmire, One Immigrant's Legacy: The Overmyer Family in America, 1751-2009: A Biographical Record of Revolutionary War Veteran Capt. John George Overmire and His Descendants

Lord Byron
“What is the end of Fame? 't is but to fill
A certain portion of uncertain paper:
Some liken it to climbing up a hill,
Whose summit, like all hills, is lost in vapour;
For this men write, speak, preach, and heroes kill,
And bards burn what they call their 'midnight taper,'
To have, when the original is dust,
A name, a wretched picture, and worse bust.”
Lord Byron, Don Juan

Robert Bringhurst
“When you die, your culture takes you in, and then, if you've given enough, your place is near the centre.”
Robert Bringhurst, The Tree Of Meaning: Thirteen Talks

Bangambiki Habyarimana
“The only way anyone can hope to live after death is if he leaves something that posterity can remember him for.”
Bangambiki Habyarimana

Henry David Thoreau
“Consider what stuff history is made of, — that for the most part it is merely a story agreed on by posterity.”
Henry David Thoreau, Cape Cod

Stewart Stafford
“Truly successful writers blend the personal and the profound to enlighten and entertain readers while simultaneously banking something for posterity. Remuneration is a wonderful afterthought.”
Stewart Stafford

Ben Ehrenreich
“How painful and absurd, this fantasy that your own
labors might in turn be redeemed by strangers centuries and perhaps continents away who would need to hear what you had to whisper, this delusion that you were doing anything other than babbling because you like the sounds it makes, like a child blowing bubbles into milk.”
Ben Ehrenreich, Desert Notebooks: A Road Map for the End of Time

Lord Byron
“What are the hopes of man? Old Egypt's King
Cheops erected the first pyramid
And largest, thinking it was just the thing
To keep his memory whole, and mummy hid;
But somebody or other rummaging,
Burglariously broke his coffin's lid:
Let not a monument give you or me hopes,
Since not a pinch of dust remains of Cheops.”
Lord Byron, Don Juan

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“Being grateful for the shade of a tree is not nearly as honourable as planting a tree.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

“Don't be a pawn, when you're meant to be the king.”
Constance Friday Elias

Jennifer Vandever
“She realized children shouldn't be thought of as mere post-mortem media storage sites, but really, where on earth was she going to unload all her earthly crap if not upon someone biologically required to care?”
Jennifer Vandever, American Tango

Nick Tosches
“But the lie often repeated becomes history, and the snake-oil pitchman's forgery of yore becomes the inspirational gospel of a posterity that sees itself as worldly and wise.”
Nick Tosches, King of the Jews


এইখানে সমুদ্র ঢুকে যায় নদীতে নক্ষত্র মেশে রৌদ্রে
এইখানে ট্রামের ঘন্টীতে বাজে চলা ও থামার নির্দেশ
এইখানে দাঁড়িয়ে চার্মিনার ঠোঁটে আমি রক্তের হিম ও ঊষ্ণতা
ছুঁয়ে উঠে আসা কবিতার রহস্যময় পদধ্বনি শুনি-শুনি
কবিতার পাশে আত্মার খিস্তি ও চীৎকার এইখানে
অস্পষ্ট কু-আশার চাঁদ এইখানে ঝরে পড়ে গনিকার ঋতুস্রাবে

এইখানে ৩২৩ খ্রীষ্টপূর্বাব্দের কোন গ্রীকবীর রমন বা ধর্ষণের
সাধ ভুলে ইতিহাসে গেঁথে দ্যায় শৌর্য ও বীর্য এইখানে
বিষ্ণুপ্রিয়ার শরীরের নরম স্বাদ ভুলে একটি মানবী থেকে মানবজাতির দিকে
চলে যায় চৈতন্যের উর্ধ্ববাহু প্রেম-সর্বোপরি
ইতিহাস ধর্মচেতনার ওপর জেগে থাকে মানুষের উত্থিত পুরুষাঙ্গ এইখানে

এইখানে কবর থেকে উঠে আসা অতৃপ্ত প্রেমিকের কামদগ্ধ
কয়েকলক্ষ উপহাসের মুখোমুখি বেড়ে ওঠে আমার উচ্চাশা এইখানে
প্রকৃত প্রশ্নিল চোখে চোখ পড়লে কুঁকড়ে যায় আমার হৃদপিণ্ড এইখানে
এইখানে সশ্রদ্ধ দৃষ্টির আড়ালে যাবার জন্য পা বাড়াতে হয়

আমি নারী মুখ দ্যাখার ইচ্ছায় মাইলের পর মাইল হেঁটে দেখি
শুধু মাগীদের ভিড়
সাতাশ বছর-একা একা সাতাশ বছর বেক্তিগত বিছানায় শুয়ে দেখি
মেধাহীন ভবিষ্যৎ জরাগ্রস্ত স্নায়ুমণ্ডলীর পাশে কবিদের কবির কবিতা
চারিধারে ঢিবি দেওয়ালের নীরেট নিঃশক্ত অন্ধকার।”
ফালগুনী রায় ( Falguni Roy ), নষ্ট আত্মার টেলিভিসন

“To destroy communism we must be willing to risk our lives. If we are unwilling to do this, then we won't survive. The Red Dictatorship will triumph. Cruelty, war, famine and distress will rule the earth. Then, truly, would come the end of history --- and a world where The Gulag Archipelago sings its woeful tune, like some broken record, through all posterity.
"Origins of the Fourth World War”

Byron Rizzo
“Posterity does not accept half measures. If you don't want to be treated like an idiot mass, you don't have to behave like one.”
Byron Rizzo, Polypticon, Part I: The Joint Political-Informatic Effort Project

Byron Rizzo
“It's hard to think of posterities, when today is so urgent.”
Byron Rizzo, Polypticon, Part I: The Joint Political-Informatic Effort Project

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