Weekend Words: Forward

“Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.”

Master M Z, “Woman Kneeling and Leaning Forward” (c.1500), ink and brush drawing on paper with grayish green ground, 118 x 140 mm, Staatliche Graphische Sammlung, Munich (image via Web Gallery of Art)

On Wednesday, the morning after the election, Hyperallergic’s editor-in-chief Hrag Vartanian wrote, “The art community will have to help by innovating new paths forward, because the old ways don’t work, and they haven’t for a while. Projects like #DecolonizeThisPlace at Artists Space take on a new urgency today, as they will be our greatest hope to forge ahead. Success requires risks. All art is some form of artivism now, as we will all become inadvertent activists, whether we like it or not. This is to survive, grow, and feed ourselves with the financial, social, and intellectual nourishment that we need.”

If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover those precious values — that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control.

—Martin Luther King, Jr.

Think to yourself that every day is your last; the hour to which you do not look forward will come as a welcome surprise.

—Horace, Epistles

Daring ideas are like chessmen moved forward. They may be beaten, but they may start a winning game.

—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Do not fear going forward slowly; fear only to stand still.

—Chinese Proverb

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

—Soren Kierkegaard

Let us not look back in anger or forward in fear, but around in awareness.

—James Thurber

All change is not growth; all movement is not forward.

—Ellen Glasgow

Those who flee temptation generally leave a forwarding address.

—Lane Olinghouse

The only limit to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today. Let us move forward with strong and active faith.

—Franklin D. Roosevelt

I look forward to an America which commands respect throughout the world, not only for its strength, but for its civilization as well. And I look forward to a world in which we will be safe not only for democracy and diversity but also for personal distinction.

—John F. Kennedy, speech at Amherst College, October 26, 1963

There are these and other great causes that we were elected overwhelmingly to carry forward in November of 1972. And what we were elected to do, we are going to do, and let others wallow in Watergate, we are going to do our job.

—Richard Milhous Nixon

I do the very best I can to look upon life with optimism and hope and looking forward to a better day, but I don’t think there is anything such as complete happiness. It pains me that there is still a lot of Klan activity and racism. I think when you say you’re happy, you have everything that you need and everything that you want, and nothing more to wish for. I haven’t reached that stage yet.

—Rosa Parks

I am so grateful for our country and for all it has given to me. I count my blessings every single day that I am an American and I still believe, as deeply as I ever have, that if we stand together and work together, with respect for our differences, strength for our convictions and love for this nation, our best days are still ahead of us. Because you know, I believe we are stronger together and we will go forward together. And you should never, ever regret fighting for that.

—Hillary Clinton, November 9, 2016

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