For the gods perceive things in the future, ordinary people things in the present, but the wise perceive things about to happen. Philostratos,Ordinary mortals know what's happening now,
Life of Apollonios of Tyana, viii, 7
Sometimes during moments of intense study
their hearing's troubled: the hidden sound
of things approaching reaches them,
and they listen reverently, while in the street outside
the people hear nothing whatsoever.
Constantine P. Cavafy