Prescience Quotes

Quotes tagged as "prescience" (showing 1-12 of 12)
Haruki Murakami
“This may be the most important proposition revealed by history: 'At the time, no one knew what was coming.”
Haruki Murakami, 1Q84

Ursula K. Le Guin
“Well, we come here to the Fastnesses mostly to learn what questions not to ask."

"But you're the Answerers!"

"You don't see yet, Genry, why we perfected and practice Foretelling?"

"No––"

"To exhibit the perfect uselessness of knowing the answer to the wrong question.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness

Christopher Hitchens
“It would not be an exaggeration to say that the land question in Zimbabwe is the single most decisive one.”
Christopher Hitchens, Inequalities in Zimbabwe

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

Wayne Gerard Trotman
“Armon stared into the wild darkness of his opponent and saw a reflection of his own fall.”
Wayne Gerard Trotman, Veterans of the Psychic Wars

“Outsiders became keen to join an organization [European Community] that offered attractive bribes to the poor. Greece did so in 1981 and Spain and Portugal in 1986.” - written before 2003.”
J.M. Roberts, The New Penguin History of The World

“We have seen segments of our Government, in their attitudes and action, adopt tactics unworthy of a democracy, and occasionally reminiscent of totalitarian regimes. We have seen a consistent pattern in which programs initiated with limited goals, such as preventing criminal violence or identifying foreign spies, were expanded to what witnesses characterized as "vacuum cleaners", sweeping in information about lawful activities of American citizens. The tendency of intelligence activities to expand beyond their initial scope is a theme which runs through every aspect of our investigative findings. Intelligence collection programs naturally generate ever-increasing demands for new data. And once intelligence has been collected, there are strong pressures to use it against the target.”
Church Committee

John  Williams
“I am sure that you have had, as we all have, that mysterious experience of prescience--a moment when, beyond reason and cause, at a word, or a flicker of an eyelid, or at anything at all, one has a sudden foreboding--of what,one does not know,. I am not a religious man; but sometimes I am nearly tempted to believe that the gods do speak to us, and that only in unguarded moments do we listen.”
John Williams, Augustus

Dexter Palmer
“There's no way for me to warn you about the terrible things that I know are going to happen.”
Dexter Palmer, The Dream of Perpetual Motion

Kate Bolick
“I hadn't learned to decipher the mysterious ways of the undermind, How occasionally it erupts into an avalanche of clarity, a sheet of snow shearing off the roof and thundering to the ground, leaving the shingles exposed, knowledge issuing a messenger to announce its arrival.”
Kate Bolick, Spinster: Making a Life of One's Own

“What a phoney sense of belonging all this is, this which is offered by the public pals of this publicly gregarious age; it would be better to feel anonymous; one might then be moved to some useful action to improve matters.”
Hoggart, Richard