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Posted by Masakim on November 19, 2002

In Reply to: The future posted by ESC on November 19, 2002

: : : I need the right words and reference to the phrase that sounds something like this, "look to the past to forsee the future". It is for a technical presentation on emerging technology in the computer field and I want to use this line. Any help is appreciated.

: : There are several dealing with this subject. Here's two:

: : "What is past is prologue." Shakespeare, "The Tempest."

: : "The best of prophets of the future is the past." Lord Byron, "Journal," 1821.

: And some others I found with the help of

: "The best way to predict the future is to invent it."
: -Alan Kay (Alan Kay, Springfield, MA; Alan Kay is one of the inventors of the Smalltalk programming language and one of the fathers of the idea of Object Oriented Programming. He is the conceiver of the laptop computer and the architect of the modern windowing GUI. )

: "You can never plan the future by the past."
: -Edmund Burke (British statesman, parliamentary orator and political thinker, played a prominent part in all major political issues for about 30 years after 1765, and remained an important figure in the history of political theory.)

: "The empires of the future are the empires of the mind."
: -Sir Winston Churchill

The Master said, "If a man keeps cherishing his old knowledge, so as continually to be acquiring new, he may be a teacher of others."
(_The Analects of Confucius_ 2:11)

A variant: "A man who reviews the old so as to find out the new is qualified to teach others."