Prognostics do not always prove prophecies, at least the wisest prophets make sure of the event first.
Horace Walpole, letter to Thomas Walpole (9 February 1785)
Nativity is the enemy of prophecy.
You don't need no crystal ball, Don't fall for a magic wand. We humans got it all , we perform the miracles .
Of all the horrid, hideous notes of woe, Sadder than owl-songs or the midnight blast; Is that portentous phrase, "I told you so."lord byron
Prophecy, however honest, is generally a poor substitute for experience.
Everybody makes the same mistake. Fortune-telling doesn't reveal the future; it mirrors the present. It resonates against what your subconscious already knows and hauls it up out of the darkness so you can get a good look at it.
Prophets don't know everything!
A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country and in his own house.
The Future … is like a puzzle with missing pieces difficult to read, and never, NEVER, what you think.
The Future is a puzzle, with many pieces to be sorted. In Time you will learn to separate what can be from what will be.
There is a history in all men's lives, Figuring the nature of the times deceas'd, The which observed, a man may prophesy With a near aim, of the main chance of things As yet not come to life, which in their seeds And weak beginnings lie intreasured.william shakespeare
Be thou the rainbow to the storms of life! The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, And tints to-morrow with prophetic ray!lord byron
The prophet's mantle, ere his flight began, Dropt on the world a sacred gift to man.thomas campbell
We know in part, and we prophesy in part.
Thy voice sounds like a prophet's word; And in its hollow tones are heard The thanks of millions yet to be.
Prophet of evil! never hadst thou yet A cheerful word for me. To mark the signs Of coming mischief is thy great delight, Good dost thou ne'er foretell nor bring to pass.
A tunnel underneath the sea from Calais straight to Dover, Sir, The squeamish folks may cross by land from shore to shore, With sluices made to drown the French, if e'er they would come over, Sir, Has long been talk'd of, till at length 'tis thought a monstrous bore.
This solemn moment of triumph, one of the greatest moments in the history of the world … this great hour which rings in a new era … and which is going to lift up humanity to a higher plane of existence for all the ages of the future.
No mighty trance, or breathed spell Inspires the pale-eyed priest from the prophetic cell.john milton
Till old experience do attain To something like prophetic strain.john milton
Your fathers, where are they? And the prophets, do they live forever?