„The human condition can almost be summed up in the observation that, whereas all experiences are of the past, all decisions are about the future. It is the great task of human knowledge to bridge this gap and to find those patterns in the past which can be projected into the future as realistic images.“

—  Kenneth Boulding, Kenneth Boulding in the foreword of: Fred Polak (1972) The image of the future http://storyfieldteam.pbworks.com/f/the-image-of-the-future.pdf, p. V
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—  Thich Nhat Hanh Religious leader and peace activist 1926
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—  John Diefenbaker 13th Prime Minister of Canada 1895 - 1979
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