"The future ain't what it used to be."
—Yogi Berra, Meat Loaf, and others
"Nothing says 'yesterday' like something that said 'tomorrow!'"
—James Lileks, Interior Desecrators
"That's me; both hands on the keyboard, one foot in the Swing Age. If I could afford it, I'd drive a car with tail fins."
—Ben "Gryphon" Hutchins, Gods Willing II: We'll Always Have Boston
"You can tell when a Hollywood historical film was made by looking at the eye makeup of their leading ladies, and you can tell the date of an old science fiction novel by every word on the page. Nothing dates harder and faster and more strangely than the future."
"I think there is a world market for maybe five computers."
—Thomas J Watson, CEO of IBM [attributed], 1943
"Everything is chrome in the future!"
—Spongetron, SpongeBob SquarePants episode SB-129
"No wonder that people are becoming passive sponges — absorbing but never creating. Did you know that the average viewing time per person is now three hours a day? Soon people won't be living their own lives any more."
"Comic books and space films share the concept that the future will look like the Bauhaus gone berserk, all straight lines and no color"
"The human race, to which so many of my readers belong, has been playing at children's games from the beginning, and will probably do it till the end, which is a nuisance for the few people who grow up. And one of the games to which it is most attached is called, 'Keep tomorrow dark,' and which is also named (by the rustics in Shropshire, I have no doubt) 'Cheat the Prophet.' The players listen very carefully and respectfully to all that the clever men have to say about what is to happen in the next generation. The players then wait until all the clever men are dead, and bury them nicely. Then they go and do something else. That is all. For a race of simple tastes, however, it is great fun."
—G. K. Chesterton, The Napoleon of Notting Hill
"The irony is that last century’s modernism cannot turn into a thing of the past without losing its identity, because it wanted so desperately to embody the future. Like the glass and steel cubes of modernist buildings, it cannot afford to become old, to become the past, because that is totally undermining its raison d’ętre. When the future becomes the past, the one cancels out the other and the result is emptiness."
—John Borstlap, The Classical Revolution: Thoughts on New Music in the 21st Century
Cpt. Webb: Log entry: March 16th, 1980...
Crow: Oh, our old future.
— Mystery Science Theater 3000, "The Phantom Planet"
"It is the distant future... the Year 2000."
—Flight of the Conchords, "Robots (The Humans are Dead)"
"What the hell is all this shit? There's metallic sea sponges everywhere, there's titanium rocket jockstraps, headless parrots with bottle caps, floating eyeballs entrapped in glass lids! How is this all happening!? Oh, of course! It's the year 2010!"
"Any Resemblance To Actual Future Is Purely Coincidental"
You will BE AMAZED by the INCREDIBLE FUTURE OF 2009 with its jetpacks, flying cars, domed cities, alien monsters and vast electronic superbrains! Where rocketships TRAVEL TO THE STARS and alluring robot girls cater to YOUR EVERY DESIRE! You will GASP AT INCONCEIVABLE MARVELS like mobile telephones, interstate highways, automatic sliding doors, artificial satellites, and weapons of mass destruction!
— Blurb for Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space
"We are living in the future. I'll tell you how I know
I read it in the paper fifteen years ago
We're all driving in rocket ships and talking with our minds
Wearing turquoise jewelry and standing in soup lines"
—John Prine, "Living In the Future"
Captain Janeway(discussing Paris' Captain Proton holodeck adventures): This is how you've been spending your free time?
Tom Paris: Well, I've been studying how past generations viewed the future.
Captain Janeway: And?
Tom Paris: Well, it didn't work out quite as black and white as they imagined.
—Star Trek: Voyager: "The Bride of Chaotica"