Prophetic Quotes

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Milan Kundera
“Once the writer in every individual comes to life (and that time is not far off), we are in for an age of universal deafness and lack of understanding.”
Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting

Cormac McCarthy
“I had two dreams about him after he died. I dont remember the first one all that well but it was about meetin him in town somewheres and he give me some money and I think I lost it. But the second one it was like we was both back in older times and I was on horseback goin through the mountains of a night. Goin through this pass in the mountains. It was cold and there was snow on the ground and he rode past me and kept on goin. Never said nothin. He just rode on past and he had this blanket wrapped around him and he had his head down and when he rode past I seen he was carryin fire in a horn the way people used to do and I could see the horn from the light inside of it. About the color of the moon. And in the dream I knew that he was goin on ahead and that he was fixin to make a fire somewhere out there in all that dark and all that cold and I knew that whenever I got there he would be there. And then I woke up.”
Cormac McCarthy, No Country for Old Men

Isaac Asimov
“The fall of Empire, gentlemen, is a massive thing, however, and not easily fought. It is dictated by a rising bureaucracy, a receding initiative, a freezing of caste, a damming of curiosity—a hundred other factors. It has been going on, as I have said, for centuries, and it is too majestic and massive a movement to stop.”
Isaac Asimov, Foundation

José Saramago
“Why did we become blind, I don't know, perhaps one day we'll find out, Do you want me to tell you what I think, Yes, do, I don't think we did go blind, I think we are blind, Blind but seeing, Blind people who can see, but do not see.”
Jose Saramago

H.P. Lovecraft
“It was from the artists and poets that the pertinent answers came, and I know that panic would have broken loose had they been able to compare notes.”

Criss Jami
“A writer is one who communicates ideas and emotions people want to communicate but aren't quite sure how, or even if, they should communicate them.”
Criss Jami, Killosophy

Brennan Manning
“Ragamuffins are simple, direct and honest. Their speech is unaffected. They are slow to claim, "God told me..." As they make their way through the world, they bear wordless, prophetic witness.”
Brennan Manning, The Ragamuffin Gospel

William S. Burroughs
“Intelligence and war are games, perhaps the only meaningful games left. If any player becomes too proficient, the game is threatened with termination.”
William S. Burroughs

Henry David Thoreau
“Yet, for my part, I was never usually squeamish; I could sometimes eat a fried rat with a good relish, if it were necessary. I am glad to have drunk water so long, for the same reason that I prefer the natural sky to an opium-eater’s heaven. I would fain keep sober always; and there are infinite degrees of drunkenness. I believe that water is the only drink for a wise man; wine is not so noble a liquor; and think of dashing the hopes of a morning with a cup of warm coffee, or of an evening with a dish of tea! Ah, how low I fail when I am tempted by them! Even music may be intoxicating. Such apparently slight causes destroyed Greece and Rome, and will destroy England and America. Of all ebriosity, who does not prefer to be intoxicated by the air he breathes?”
Henry David Thoreau, Walden

Thomas Pynchon
“And when Franz Ferdinand pays, everybody pays!”
Thomas Pynchon, Against the Day

William T. Sherman
“You people of the South don't know what you are doing. This country will be drenched in blood, and God only knows how it will end. It is all folly, madness, a crime against civilization! You people speak so lightly of war; you don't know what you're talking about.
War is a terrible thing! You mistake, too, the people of the North. They are a peaceable people but an earnest people, and they will fight, too. They are not going to let this country be destroyed without a mighty effort to save it … Besides, where are your men and appliances of war to contend against them? The North can make a steam engine, locomotive, or railway car; hardly a yard of cloth or pair of shoes can you make. You are rushing into war with one of the most powerful, ingeniously mechanical, and determined people on Earth — right at your doors.
You are bound to fail. Only in your spirit and determination are you prepared for war. In all else you are totally unprepared, with a bad cause to start with. At first you will make headway, but as your limited resources begin to fail, shut out from the markets of Europe as you will be, your cause will begin to wane. If your people will but stop and think, they must see in the end that you will surely fail.”
William T. Sherman

Emil M. Cioran
“I foresee the day when we shall read nothing but telegrams and prayers.”
Emil Cioran

Ayn Rand
“The nation which once held the creed that greatness is achieved by production, is now told that it is achieved by squalor.”
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

Virginia Woolf
“Every single thing [...] he found thus cumbered with other matter like the lump of grass which, after a year at the bottom of the sea, is grown about with bones and dragon-flies, and coins and the tresses of drowned women.”
Virginia Woolf, Orlando

E.M. Forster
“I want to see you not through the machine,' said Kuno. 'I want to speak to you not through the wearisome machine.”
E.M. Forster, The Machine Stops

“All you need to understand right now is this: the world isn't what it used to be”
Cixin Liu, Supernova Era

Sherry K. White
“Obeying a prophetic call to action brings positive benefits.”
Sherry K. White, Walking in the Father's Riches: The Prosperity of Sonship

G.K. Chesterton
“Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth: this has been exactly reversed. Nowadays the part of a man that a man does assert is exactly the part he ought not to assert — himself. The part he doubts is exactly the part he ought not to doubt — the Divine Reason”
G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy

John Eckhardt
“Prophets will say things others will not say. God touches the prophet's mouth. When God touches a person's mouth, He puts power and authority in their words.”
John Eckhardt, Prophet, Arise: Your Call to Boldly Speak the Word of the Lord

Augustine of Hippo
“But the worshippers and admirers of these gods delight in imitating their scandalous iniquities, and are nowise concerned that the republic be less depraved and licentious. Only let it remain undefeated, they say, only let it flourish and abound in resources; let it be glorious by its victories, or still better, secure in peace; and what matters it to us? This is our concern, that every man be able to increase his wealth so as to supply his daily prodigalities, and so that the powerful may subject the weak for their own purposes. Let the poor court the rich for a living, and that under their protection they may enjoy a sluggish tranquillity; and let the rich abuse the poor as their dependants, to minister to their pride. Let the people applaud not those who protect their interests, but those who provide them with pleasure. Let no severe duty be commanded, no impurity forbidden. Let kings estimate their prosperity, not by the righteousness, but by the servility of their subjects. Let the provinces stand loyal to the kings, not as moral guides, but as lords of their possessions and purveyors of their pleasures; not with a hearty reverence, but a crooked and servile fear. Let the laws take cognizance rather of the injury done to another man's property, than of that done to one's own person. If a man be a nuisance to his neighbor, or injure his property, family, or person, let him be actionable; but in his own affairs let everyone with impunity do what he will in company with his own family, and with those who willingly join him. Let there be a plentiful supply of public prostitutes for every one who wishes to use them, but specially for those who are too poor to keep one for their private use. Let there be erected houses of the largest and most ornate description: in these let there be provided the most sumptuous banquets, where every one who pleases may, by day or night, play, drink, vomit, dissipate. Let there be everywhere heard the rustling of dancers, the loud, immodest laughter of the theatre; let a succession of the most cruel and the most voluptuous pleasures maintain a perpetual excitement. If such happiness is distasteful to any, let him be branded as a public enemy; and if any attempt to modify or put an end to it let him be silenced, banished, put an end to. Let these be reckoned the true gods, who procure for the people this condition of things, and preserve it when once possessed. Let them be worshipped as they wish; let them demand whatever games they please, from or with their own worshippers; only let them secure that such felicity be not imperilled by foe, plague, or disaster of any kind. What sane man would compare a republic such as this, I will not say to the Roman empire, but to the palace of Sardanapalus, the ancient king who was so abandoned to pleasures, that he caused it to be inscribed on his tomb, that now that he was dead, he possessed only those things which he had swallowed and consumed by his appetites while alive? If these men had such a king as this, who, while self-indulgent, should lay no severe restraint on them, they would more enthusiastically consecrate to him a temple and a flamen than the ancient Romans did to Romulus.”
Augustine of Hippo, City of God

Julian Barnes
“But the very action of naming something that subsequently happens—of wishing specific evil, and that evil coming to pass—this still has a shiver of the otherworldly about it.”
Julian Barnes, The Sense of an Ending

Andrey Shapoval
“The voice of God is not a prophetic gift. The voice of God is connected with the presence of God. The stronger God's presence is in my life, the clearer the voice of God is. The farther away that God is - the hard it is for me to hear His voice.”
Andrey Shapoval

“Prophetic poetry is like praying.”
Lailah Gifty Akita

Andrzej Sapkowski
“The sword of destiny has two edges… You are one of them.”
Andrzej Sapkowski, Sword of Destiny

Christopher J. Koch
“The future we face in the Pacific may be dangerous, but I suspect it will be anything but dull.”
Christopher J. Koch, Crossing the Gap: A Novelist's Essays

Michael Bassey Johnson
“A divine revelation is God’s elbow nudging you.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, The Oneironaut’s Diary

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Prophetic dreams are alarms set up by heaven to awaken the earth.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, The Oneironaut’s Diary

“What does God think when He thinks about you?”
Jeanine Sharp

Anthon St. Maarten
“Clairintuitive psychic perception is way beyond the everyday gut feeling. It is not merely developed inner guidance or honed intuition, but instead a metaphysical gift of prophetic proportions. It is intuition on supernatural steroids.”
Anthon St. Maarten, The Sensible Psychic: A Leading-Edge Guide To True Psychic Perception

“We need church reform, but not a new theological system, not a new church denomination, not new interpretations of scriptures, not new prophetic perspectives. We need reformation to return to the true Gospel and live it out in sincere and pure devotion to Christ.”
Brother Pedro

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