Prophecy Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old prophecy quotes, prophecy sayings, and prophecy proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

For you know this first, that no prophecy of Scripture springs from any private interpretation. For prophecy was at no time brought by man's will, but men spoke from God as they were moved by holy spirit.     

Apostle Peter

Better to aim at a star than shoot down a well; you'll hit higher.     

Source Unknown

Persistent prophecy is a familiar way of assuring the event.     

George Gissing

Prophecy is history anticipated and contracted: while history is prophecy accomplished and dilated.     

Bishop Newton

Prophecy - To observe that which has passed, and guess it will happen again.     

Elbert Hubbard

The prophecy of a world moving toward political unity is the light which guides all that is best, most vigorous, most truly alive in the work of our time.     

Walter Lippmann

All prophecy is based on a revelation from God, but always operates at a lower level of authority than that of inspired Scripture.     

Sam Storms

Science has not yet mastered prophecy. We predict too much for the next year and yet far too little for the next 10.     

Neil Armstrong

Self-doubt is a self-fulfilling prophecy.     

Laurell K. Hamilton

The art of prophecy is very difficult, especially with respect to the future.     

Mark Twain

The difference between heresy and prophecy is often one of sequence. Heresy often turns out to have been prophecy -- when properly aged.     

Hubert Humphrey

What are prophecies? Don't we hear them every day of the week? And if one comes true there may be seven blind and come to nothing.     

Lady Gregory

Whatever we expect with confidence becomes our own self-fulfilling prophecy.     

Brian Tracy

The self-fulfilling prophecy is, in the beginning, a false definition of the situation evoking a new behavior which makes the originally false conception come true. The specious validity of the self-fulfilling prophecy perpetuates a reign of error. For the prophet will cite the actual course of events as proof that he was right from the very beginning.     

Robert K. Merton

Prophecy today is hardly the romantic business that it used to be. The old tools of the trade, like the sword, the hair shirt, and the long fast in the wilderness, have given way to more contemporary, mundane instruments of doom --the book, the picket and the petition, the sit-in at City Hall.      

Jane Kramer

Prophecy, however honest, is generally a poor substitute for experience.     

Benjamin Cardozo

To realize that prophecy in the people is like fruit in the tree is to know the unity of life.     

Kahlil Gibran

Ages when custom is unsettled are necessarily ages of prophecy. The moralist cannot teach what is revealed; he must reveal what can be taught. He has to seek insight rather than to preach.      

Walter Lippmann

Prophecy, that universal and perpetual torch by which faith is enlightened.     

Henri-Dominique Lacordaire

In the computer field, the moment of truth is a running program; all else is prophecy.     

Herbert Simon

Many a prophecy, by the mere force of its being believed, is transmuted to fact.     

Isaac Asimov

Prophecy: Two bull's eyes out of a possible million.     

Mark Twain

Every theory is a self-fulfilling prophecy that orders experience into the framework it provides.      

Ruth Hubbard

Prophecy resideth not but in a man who is great in wisdom and virtue.     


Prophecy is most dangerous when you try to make it happen... The Pattern weaves itself around you, but when you try to weave it, even you cannot hold it.     

Robert Jordan

PROPHECY – The art and practice of selling one's credibility for future delivery.      

Ambrose Bierce

History is but the unrolled scroll of prophecy.      

James A. Garfield

Among all forms of mistake, prophecy is the most gratuitous.     

George Eliot

Prophecy is not an art, nor (when it is taken for prediction) a constant vocation, but an extraordinary and temporary employment from God, most often of good men, but sometimes also of the wicked.     

Thomas Hobbes

The ultimate function of prophecy is not to tell the future, but to make it. Your successful past will block your visions of the future.     

Joel A. Barker