You pilot always into an unknown future

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Facts are your single clue, and even facts are only a clue

What are the facts? Again and again and again ā€“ what are the facts? Shun wishful thinking, ignore divine revelation, forget what “the stars foretell,” avoid opinion, care not what the neighbors think, never mind the unguessable “verdict of history” ā€“ what are the facts, and to how many decimal places? You pilot always into an unknown future; facts are your single clue. Get the facts!

by Robert A. Heinlein (July 7, 1907 ā€“ May 8, 1988)
from Time Enough for Love
Intermission, Excerpts from the Notebooks of Lazarus Long
image – Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the BPL

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3 Responses to “You pilot always into an unknown future”

  1. starleeta Says:

    We are forever flying headlong into the unknown…and that is what makes it a journey. May we never be to fearful to fly on…for around the corners is some wonder our lives have yet to land on…and if we knew we may choose to fly on in some other way and miss the created journey God has given and the lessons that we may learn…

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  3. E. A. Able Says:

    I just love it when I’m awake at odd hours and get to see comments come in from people on the other side of the world. šŸ˜€