Quotes: Divinations

(fortune telling or paying more attention to the future than the present)

divination (s) (noun), divinations (pl)
1. The method or practice of attempting to foretell the future or discovering the unknown through omens, oracles, or by supernatural powers: Divinations involve being able to foresee approaching events or obtaining secret knowledge through communication with holy sources and through signs and revelations.
2. A prophecy or prediction; soothsaying or the interpretation of omens or events: A divination is based on the belief in making events known to humans by the spirits and in supernatural forms of knowledge and so it attempts to make known those things that neither reason nor science can discover.
3. A premonition or feeling of apprehension about something that is going to happen: The system of divination takes for granted that spiritual beings exist, are approachable by humans, have access to the knowledge which people do not possess, and are willing, depending on certain conditions, to let supernatural beings communicate the special knowledge which they are believed to possess.
A practice of attempting to foretell something in the future.
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An insight into the unknown.
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Believing is not always seeing

My interest is in the future because I am going to spend the rest of my life there.
—Charles Kettering

Those who don't look forward remain behind.

Shallow men believe in luck . . . Strong men believe in cause and effect.

This is the kind of thing I wouldn't believe even if it were true.

There are no unnatural or supernatural phenomena, only very large gaps in our knowledge of what is natural . . . . We should strive to fill those gaps of ignorance.
—Edgar d. Mitchell, Apollo 14 Astronaut

The future is no more uncertain than the present.
—Walt Whitman

A cheiromantist is a fortune-teller who palms herself off as a handreading expert or one who sees prosperity on every hand.
—Evan Esar

I have seen the future and it is very much like the present—only longer.
—Kehlog Albran

The most depressing thing that can happen to a prophet is to be proved wrong. The next most distressing thing is to be proved right.
—Aldous Huxley

The future, according to some scientists, will be exactly like the past, only far more expensive.
—John Sladek

I wonder that a soothsayer doesn't laugh whenever he sees another soothsayer.
—Marcus Tullius Cicero, De divinatione

The future isn't what it used to be.
—Paul Valery, French philosopher and essayist

The best of seers is he who guesses well.

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