Predicting The Future Quotes by Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr., Samuel Beckett, Steve Jobs, Yogi Berra, Karl Schroeder, Ray Bradbury and many others.
Economists are about as useful as astrologers in predicting the future (and, like astrologers, they never let failure on one occasion diminish certitude on the next).
If you don’t know where you are currently standing, you’re dead.
The most compelling reason for most people to buy a computer for the home will be to link it to a nationwide communications network. We’re just in the beginning stages of what will be a truly remarkable breakthrough for most people – as remarkable as the telephone.
If you don’t know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else.
Foresight is not about predicting the future, it’s about minimizing surprise.
I was not predicting the future, I was trying to prevent it.
The best way to predict the future is to create it.
Flight by machines heavier than air is unpractical and insignificant, if not utterly impossible.
I won’t say ‘See you tomorrow’ because that would be like predicting the future, and I’m pretty sure I can’t do that.
The desktop computer industry is dead. Innovation has virtually ceased. Microsoft dominates with very little innovation. That’s over. Apple lost. The desktop market has entered the dark ages, and it’s going to be in the dark ages for the next 10 years, or certainly for the rest of this decade.
The wireless music box has no imaginable commercial value. Who would pay for a message sent to nobody in particular?
Prediction is very difficult, especially if it’s about the future.
It’s like when IBM drove a lot of innovation out of the computer industry before the microprocessor came along. Eventually, Microsoft will crumble because of complacency, and maybe some new things will grow. But until that happens, until there’s some fundamental technology shift, it’s just over.
Knowledge is telling the past. Wisdom is predicting the future.
To regard one’s immortality as an exchange of matter is as strange as predicting the future of a violin case once the expensive violin it held has broken and lost its worth.
I’ll always stay connected with Apple. I hope that throughout my life I’ll sort of have the thread of my life and the thread of Apple weave in and out of each other, like a tapestry. There may be a few years when I’m not there, but I’ll always come back.
You should expect little or nothing from Wall Street stock pickers who hope to be more accurate than the market in predicting the future of prices. And you should not expect much from pundits making long-term forecasts.