Quotes Collected by Ken Knowlton
We do not what we ought; What we ought not,
The future ain't what it used to be.
When I was young I used to read about the decline of Western civilization,
and I decided it was something I would like to make a contribution to.
So we may hope ... that one day our age of roaring factories and bulging
warehouses will pass away. ... And then our descendants, no longer cluttered
up with possessions, will remember what many of us have forgotten —
that the only things in the world that really matter are such imponderables
as beauty and wisdom, laughter and love.
All that is human must retrograde if it does not advance.
The wave of the future is coming and there is no fighting it.
"Tomorrow's world — Today!"
Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present
controls the past.
If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human
face — for ever.
Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.
Perhaps, after all, the twentieth century isn't going relentlessly
onward, we are going to have a setback to learn again, under simpler
conditions, some of these necessary fundamental lessons our race has
learnt as yet insufficiently well — honesty and brotherhood, social
collectivism, and the need for some peace-preserving council for the
The hour is very late and the choice of good and evil knocks at our
[T]he more we get out of the world the less we leave, and in the long
run we shall have to pay out debts at a time that may be very inconvenient
for our own survival.