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Would you realize what Revolution is, call it Progress; and would you realize what Progress is, call it Tomorrow. ~ Victor Hugo in Les Misérables

Tomorrow is the day after the present day, sometimes used to refer to the near future in general.

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  • Tomorrow would be better. Tomorrow was always better, for someone. The difficult task lay in ensuring that the someone was one of yours.


Happy the man, and happy he alone,
He who can call today his own;
He who, secure within, can say,
Tomorrow, do thy worst, for I have lived today.
~ John Dryden
  • Happy the man, and happy he alone,
    He who can call today his own;
    He who, secure within, can say,
    Tomorrow, do thy worst, for I have lived today.
    • John Dryden, Imitation of Horace (1685), Book III, Ode 29, lines 65–68.


  • Would you realize what Revolution is, call it Progress; and would you realize what Progress is, call it Tomorrow.


Tomorrow's getting harder, make no mistake. Luck ain't even lucky; got to make your own breaks. ~ Bon Jovi


  • We stood there and talked while Elizabeth sipped her milk daintily and she told me all about Tomorrow. The Woman had told her that Tomorrow never comes, but Elizabeth knows better. It will come sometime. Some beautiful morning she will just wake up and find it is Tomorrow. Not Today but Tomorrow. And then things will happen . . . wonderful things. She may even have a day to do exactly as she likes in, with nobody watching her . . . though I think Elizabeth feels that is too good to happen even in Tomorrow. Or she may find out what is at the end of the harbor road . . . that wandering, twisting road like a nice red snake, that leads, so Elizabeth thinks, to the end of the world. Perhaps the Island of Happiness is there. Elizabeth feels sure there is an Island of Happiness somewhere where all the ships that never come back are anchored, and she will find it when Tomorrow comes.


  • No soul is aware of what it will achieve tomorrow and no soul knows in which land it will die.


  • To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
    To the last syllable of recorded time,
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death.


Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs only to the people who prepare for it today. ~ Malcolm X
  • Education is an important element in the struggle for human rights. It is the means to help our children and our people rediscover their identity and thereby increase their self respect. Education is our passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs only to the people who prepare for it today.
    • Malcolm X, Speech at Founding Rally of the Organization of Afro-American Unity (28 June 1964), as quoted in By Any Means Necessary: Speeches, Interviews, and a Letter (1970).


  • In human hearts what bolder thoughts can rise,
    Than man's presumption on to-morrow's dawn!
    Where is to-morrow?

Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations[edit]

Quotes reported in Hoyt's New Cyclopedia Of Practical Quotations (1922), p. 806-808.
  • Dreaming of a to-morrow, which to-morrow
    Will be as distant then as 'tis to-day.
  • How oft my guardian angel gently cried,
    "Soul, from thy casement look, and thou shall see
    How he persists to knock and wait for thee!"
    And, O! how often to that voice of sorrow,
    "To-morrow we will open," I replied,
    And when the morrow came I answered still,
  • Aliquod crastinus dies ad cogitandum dabit.
    • To-morrow will give some food for thought.
    • Cicero, Epistolæ Ad Atticum, XV. 8
  • A shining isle in a stormy sea,
    We seek it ever with smiles and sighs;
    To-day is sad. In the bland To-be,
    Serene and lovely To-morrow lies.
  • In the downhill of life, when I find I'm declining,
    May my lot no less fortunate be
    Than a snug elbow-chair can afford for reclining,
    And a cot that o'erlooks the wide sea;
    With an ambling pad-pony to pace o'er the lawn,
    While I carol away idle sorrow,
    And blithe as the lark that each day hails the dawn,
    Look forward with hope for to-morrow.
    • John Collins, To-morrow, in the ]]Golden Treasury of Best Songs and Lyrical Poems]]
  • Defer not till to-morrow to be wise,
    To-morrow's Sun to thee may never rise;
    Or should to-morrow chance to cheer thy sight
    With her enlivening and unlook'd for light,
    How grateful will appear her dawning rays!
    As favours unexpected doubly please.
  • To-morrow, didst thou say?
    Methought I heard Horatio say, To-morrow!
    Go to—I will not hear of it. To-morrow!
    'Tis a sharper—who stakes his penury
    Against thy plenty—takes thy ready cash,
    And pays thee naught but wishes, hopes, and promises,
    The currency of idiots—injurious bankrupt,
    That gulls the easy creditor!
  • Trust on and think To-morrow will repay;
    To-morrow's falser than the former day;
    Lies worse; and while it says, we shall be blest
    With some new Joys, cuts off what we possest.
  • Never leave that till to-morrow which you can do to-day.
  • Oh! to be wafted away
    From this black Aceldama of sorrow,
    Where the dust of an earthy to-day,
    Makes the earth of a dusty to-morrow.
  • Leuconoë, close the book of fate,
    For troubles are in store,
    * * * *
    Live today, tomorrow is not.
  • There is a budding morrow in midnight.
    • John Keats, Sonnet, Standing alone in giant Ignorance
  • Far off I hear the crowing of the cocks,
    And through the opening door that time unlocks
    Feel the fresh breathing of To-morrow creep.
  • To-morrow! the mysterious, unknown guest,
    Who cries to me: "Remember Barmecide,
    And tremble to be happy with the rest."
    And I make answer: "I am satisfied;
    I dare not ask; I know not what is best;
    God hath already said what shall betide."
  • There's a fount about to stream,
    There's a light about to beam,
    There's a warmth about to glow,
    There's a flower about to blow;
    There's a midnight blackness changing
    Into gray;
    Men of thought and men of action,
    Clear the way.
  • To-morrow never yet
    On any human being rose or set.
  • To-morrow you will live, you always cry;
    In what fair country does this morrow lie,
    That 'tis so mighty long ere it arrive?
    Beyond the Indies does this morrow live?
    'Tis so far-fetched, this morrow, that I fear
    'Twill be both very old and very dear.
    "To-morrow I will live," the fool does say:
    To-day itself's too late;—the wise lived yesterday.
    • Martial, Epigrams (c. 80-104 AD), Book V, Epigram LVIII
  • To-morrow the dreams and flowers will fade.
    • Thomas Moore, Lalla Rookh (1817), The Light of the Harem, Song
  • To-morrow is, ah, whose?
  • This day was yesterday to-morrow nam'd:
    To-morrow shall be yesterday proclaimed:
    To-morrow not yet come, not far away,
    What shall to-morrow then be call'd? To-day.
  • Cum altera lux venit
    Jam cras hesternum consumpsimus; ecce aliud cras
    Egerit hos annos, et semper paulum erit ultra.
    • When another day has arrived, we will find that we have consumed our yesterday's to-morrow; another morrow will urge on our years, and still be a little beyond us.
    • Persius, Satires, V. 67
  • To-morrow, what delight is in to-morrow!
    What laughter and what music, breathing joy,
    Float from the woods and pastures, wavering down,
    Dropping like echoes through the long to-day,
    Where childhood waits with weary expectation.
  • Nemo tamen divos habuit faventeis
    Crastinum ut possit sibi polliceri.
    • No one has had gods so favourable to him that he can promise himself a morrow.
    • Seneca the Younger, Thyestes, Act III, line 619
  • Where art thou, beloved To-morrow?
    When young and old, and strong and weak,
    Rich and poor; through joy and sorrow,
    Thy sweet smiles we ever seek,—
    In thy place—ah! well-a-day!
    We find the thing we fled—To-day!
  • To-morrow yet would reap to-day,
    As we bear blossoms of the dead;
    Earn well the thrifty months, nor wed
    Raw Haste, half-sister to Delay.
  • Morgen, Morgen, nur nicht heute;
    Sprechen immer träge Leute.
  • A Man he seems of cheerful yesterdays
    And confident to-morrows.
  • To-morrow is a satire on to-day,
    And shows its weakness.
  • Some say "to-morrow" never comes,
    A saying oft thought right;
    But if to-morrow never came,
    No end were of "to-night."
    The fact is this, time flies so fast,
    That e'er we've time to say
    "To-morrow's come," presto! behold!
    "To-morrow" proves "To-day."
    • Author Unknown. From Notes and Queries. Fourth Series, Volume XII


  • Oogway: Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the "present".
    • Jonathan Aibel and Glen Berger, Kung Fu Panda, (2008).
      • "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is mystery, Today is God's gift, that's why we call it the present." (Regarded as an "anonymous poem", in Joan Chittister's Heart of Flesh (1998), p. 129; in Vital Issues: The Journal of African American Speeches (1998), Bethune-DuBois Publications, p. 27, and in Joan Rivers' "From Mother to Daughter" (1998), p. 30.)
      • "Yesterday may be History, Tomorrow is Mystery and Today is our Golden Opportunity!" (As quoted in H.S. Cheesbrough's Canada Lumberman, Volume 62 (1942), Southam-Maclean.
      • "Live today. The past is gone. Today is God's gift to us, whether it be a day of storm or sunshine. Tomorrow may never come, and that is immaterial." (From Friends' Intelligencer, Volume 91, No.1-26 (1934), p. 21)
      • "Yesterday is history; to-morrow is merely a hope; to-day is the only absolute asset of time that is yours." From Frank Pixley's Thoughts and Things (1912), in , Duffield & Company, p. 29.
  • Alvin Toffler: Tomorrow's illiterate will not be the man who can't read; he will be the man who has not learned how to learn.
    • Psychologist Herbert Gerjuoy as quoted by Alvin Toffler in Future Shock (1970), ch. 18, p. 414

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