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Future orientation is combined with a notion and ...
by Alan Dundes

Future orientation is combined with a notion and expectation of progress,
and nothing is impossible.
- Alan Dundes

Americans often have trouble enjoying the present moment.
- Alan Dundes

Light travels faster than sound.
This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
- Alan Dundes

In my introductory course, Anthropology 160,
the Forms of Folklore, I try to show the students what
the major and minor genres of folklore are,
and how they can be analyzed.
- Alan Dundes

 

Life, it seems, is nothing if not a series of initiations,
transitions, and incorporations.
- Alan Dundes

I mentioned that one of the tripartite formulas in
American worldview involves time:
past,
present, and future.
- Alan Dundes

Americans do believe in progress and there is almost
certainly a kernel of truth in the joke.
- Alan Dundes

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Ancestor worship, or filial piety so characteristic of Asian cultures,
for example, does not really resonate with Americans who favor children,
not grandparents.
- Alan Dundes

There is more to folklore research than fieldwork.
This is why in all of my other upper-division courses
I require a term paper involving original research.
- Alan Dundes

Americans have a penchant for the future and tend to disregard the past.
- Alan Dundes

My academic identity is that of a folklorist,
and for many years I have taught only folklore courses.
- Alan Dundes

Polls are frequently taken to try to tease out or determine
likely directions and trends,
but once taken, they belong to the past,
requiring that new polls be taken.
- Alan Dundes

I have a great advantage over many of my colleagues
inasmuch as my students bring with them to class their
own personal knowledge of national,
regional, religious, ethnic, occupational,
and family folklore traditions.
- Alan Dundes

Their term project consists of a fieldwork collection
of folklore that they create by interviewing family members,
friends, or anyone they can manage to persuade to serve as an informant.
- Alan Dundes

They do not merely collect texts; they must also gather
data about the context and the informant and,
above all, write an analysis of the items based upon
the course readings and lecture material on folklore theory and method.
- Alan Dundes

The class has become over the years fairly large,
running to three hundred or more, but I always insist
upon reading all the student folklore collections myself.
Although this is a tall order, I look forward to it
because I learn so much from it.
- Alan Dundes

Cities all over the world are getting bigger as more
and more people move from rural to urban sites,
but that has created enormous problems with respect
to environmental pollution and the general quality of life.
- Alan Dundes

If a student takes the whole series of my folklore
courses including the graduate seminars,
he or she should learn something about fieldwork,
something about bibliography, something about how to
carry out library research,
and something about how to publish that research.
- Alan Dundes

In the light of our culture, these are not unreasonable questions and tactics,
but if once again, we try to see the lens through which we look,
we can see that there is far too great an emphasis placed on the future.
- Alan Dundes

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

The future belongs to those
who believe in the beauty of their dreams.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Standing in the inspiring vision of my future,
I boldly take every step - large and small -
with courage and intent.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Life is best when I wish neither to hurry the future nor to slow it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Every thought we think is creating our future.
- Louise L. Hay

Find a time and place of solitude.
Look into the distance, and into the future.
Visualize the tomorrow you are going to build -
and begin to build that tomorrow, today.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

If humanity does not opt for integrity we are through completely.
It is absolutely touch and go.
Each one of us could make the difference.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

We work with the people not out of pity
but out of respect for their potential for growth and development,
both as individuals and as communities.
- Jimmy Yen

The golden age is before us, not behind us.
- William Shakespeare

I Act with Bold Courage:
Standing in the inspiring vision of my future,
I boldly take every step -
large and small - with courage and intent.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Do not dwell in the past,
do not dream of the future,
concentrate the mind on the present moment.
- The Buddha

I trust my intuition to deliver
powerful visions of my inspired future,
and I empower my intent to
transform those visions into reality.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The future belongs to those who prepare for it today.
- Malcolm X

The ultimate test of a man's conscience
may be his willingness to sacrifice something today
for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard.
- Gaylord Nelson

Who controls the past controls the future.
Who controls the present controls the past.
- George Orwell

If we open a quarrel between past and present,
we shall find that we have lost the future.
- Winston Churchill

Where are you going? Where does your path lead?
You can never know the future, yet wandering aimlessly
is unlikely to be the source of a fulfilling life.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The best way to predict the future is to create it.
- Peter F. Drucker

Life is the future, not the past.
- Terry Goodkind

The heart knows nothing of the past,
nothing of the future;
it knows only of the present.
- Osho

Begin building the future through
"conversation for possibility."
- Werner Erhard

Gain happiness by living in the present -
without regret for the past or fear of the future.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

He who spends time regretting the past,
loses the present and risks the future.
- Quevedo

Stop wishing and fearing the future
long enough to be fully present in TODAY.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The future has nothing in common with the past -
except natural laws and human nature.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My greatest Power and my greatest Inner Peace come
when I Intend my future, and when I avoid Expecting it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We are called to be architects of the future, not its victims.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Forgiveness does not change the past,
but it does enlarge the future.
- Paul Boese

The distinction between the past, present and future
is only a stubbornly persistent illusion.
- Albert Einstein

There is a great future in front of you,
you can leave your past behind.
- Joel Osteen

Without forgiveness, there is no future.
- Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Believe in yourself,
in your vision for your future
and in your ability to take a small step
each day toward achieving your vision.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Dream with Powerful Vision:
I open my mind to Spirit,
and trust my intuition to deliver inspiring visions of my future.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that anger is always fear and frustration.
What if we could lean back into the arms of Spirit
and trust the future?
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We are now at a point where we must educate our children
in what no one knew yesterday,
and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet.
- Margaret Mead

Create your future from your future not your past.
- Werner Erhard

For time and the world do not stand still.
Change is the law of life.
And those who look only to the past or the present
are certain to miss the future.
- John F. Kennedy

There are all kinds of futures.
There is a hoped-for future,
there is a feared future,
there is a predictable future,
and there is an unimagined future.
- Werner Erhard

In Iroquois society, leaders are encouraged to
remember seven generations in the past and
consider seven generations in the future
when making decisions that affect the people.
- Wilma Mankiller

CHOOSE your future, and take ACTION -
be the hammer, not the nail.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The past is a ghost, the future a dream,
and all we ever have is now.
- Bill Cosby

Fear not for the future,
weep not for the past.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Drive into your future looking at the open road ahead
rather than into the rear-view mirror of your past.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Know that life is most joyful when you
neither attempt to hurry the future nor to slow it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

With the past, I have nothing to do;
nor with the future. I live now.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The past does not equal the future.
- Anthony Robbins

Change is the law of life.
And those who look only to the past or the present
are certain to miss the future.
- John F. Kennedy

Study the past, if you would divine the future.
- Confucius

Fill your heart with the creative power
to accept the past,
decorate the present
and transform the future.
- Osho

Hate destroys, Love builds.
Hate tears down, Love renews and creates.
Hatred holds no hope for the future.
Love creates Today as its own better future.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet.
We all breathe the same air.
We all cherish our children's future.
And we are all mortal.
- John F. Kennedy

Let us honor all children,
and put ourselves into service
preparing a magnificent
earthly home for future generations.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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