Events quotes

  • History gets thicker as it approaches recent times: more people, more events, and more books written about them. More evidence is preserved, often, one is tempted to say, too much. Decay and destruction have hardly begun their beneficent work.
    -- A. J. P. Taylor

    #Book #People #Events

  • History is not a catalogue but...a convincing version of events.
    -- A. J. P. Taylor

    #History #Events #Convincing

  • Even if you walk exactly the same route each time - as with a sonnet - the events along the route cannot be imagined to be the same from day to day, as the poet's health, sight, his anticipations, moods, fears, thoughts cannot be the same.
    -- A. R. Ammons

    #Sight #Events #Anticipation

  • There are things that happen and leave no discernible trace, are not spoken or written of, though it would be very wrong to say that subsequent events go on indifferently, all the same, as though such things had never been.
    -- A. S. Byatt

    #Events #Would Be #Goes On

  • Every shrink knows that it's not the event itself but how you respond to it that tells the story. Take ten assorted individuals, expose them all to the same life trial, and they will each suffuse it with exquisite personal detail and meaning.
    -- A.S.A. Harrison

    #Events #Details #Stories

  • In our view, successful reform is not an event. It is a sustainable process that will build on its own successes - a virtuous cycle of change.
    -- Abdallah II

    #Successful #Views #Events

  • I claim not to have controlled events, but confess plainly that events have controlled me.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Events #Confession #Claims

  • And yet the world we live in-its divisions and conflicts, its widening gap between rich and poor, its seemingly inexplicable outbursts of violence-is shaped far less by what we celebrate and mythologize than by the painful events we try to forget. Leopold's Congo is but one of those silences of history.
    -- Adam Hochschild

    #Silence #Trying #Events

  • Notwithstanding anything to the contrary, in no event may my image or name or any music or any artistic property created by me be used for advertising purposes
    -- Adam Yauch

    #Names #Events #Purpose

  • All epoch-making revolutionary events have been produced not by the written, but by the spoken word.
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #Events #Revolutionary #Spoken Word

  • For the first week of the Sian events I was a first aid worker in the streets of Sian.
    -- Agnes Smedley

    #Events #Firsts #Week

  • It's customary when great events happen that the U.S. punishes its friends and rewards its enemies.
    -- Ahmed Chalabi

    #Enemy #Events #Rewards

  • There has been a lot of self-doubt and unwelcome events in my life.
    -- Al Pacino

    #Self #Doubt #Events

  • We must point out that in what concerns its material the event is not a miracle. What I mean is that what composes an event is always extracted from a situation, always related back to a singular multiplicity, to its state, to the language that is connected to it, etc. In fact, so as not to succumb to an obscurantist theory of creation ex nihilo, we must accept that an event is nothing but a part of a given situation, nothing but a fragment of being.
    -- Alain Badiou

    #Mean #Miracle #Events

  • Don't despair: despair suggests you are in total control and know what is coming. You don't - surrender to events with hope.
    -- Alain de Botton

    #Despair #Events #Surrender

  • Authorities arrest me, release me, and then invite me back to host public events. I think it's interesting.
    -- Alain Robert

    #Thinking #Interesting #Events

  • Do not resist events that move you out of your comfort zone, especially when your comfort zone was not all that comfortable.
    -- Alan Cohen

    #Moving #Comfort #Events

  • A living body is not a fixed thing, but a flowing event, like a flame or a whirlpool.
    -- Alan Watts

    #Flames #Events #Body

  • In any event, colonization and the grant of lands were provincial matters.
    -- Albert Bushnell Hart

    #Land #Events #Matter

  • There is within each of us a modulation, an inner exaltation, which lifts us above the buffetings with which events assail us. Likewise, it lifts us above dependence upon the gifts of events for our joy.
    -- Albert Schweitzer

    #Joy #Exaltation #Events

  • Trust me, my runners aren't going to run one event while looking past it to the second event. When they get on the line for the 10K, that's a do-or-die situation for them.
    -- Alberto Salazar

    #Running #Past #Events

  • In the contexts of religion and politics, words are not regarded as standing, rather inadequately, for things and events; on the contrary things and events are regarded as particular illustrations of words.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Illustration #Events #Religion And Politics

  • The events I sought were never as great as I needed them to be.
    -- Alfred de Vigny

    #Events #Needed

  • What it values most of all is the sum total of events and the advance of civilization, which carries individuals along with it; but, indifferent to details, it cares less to have them real than noble or, rather, grand and complete.
    -- Alfred de Vigny

    #Real #Civilization #Events

  • Disputing the commonsense notion that all events require the prior existence of some underlying matter or substance. There is no antecedent static cabinet.
    -- Alfred North Whitehead

    #Cabinets #Events #Substance

  • An alert and learned man will take advice from any event.
    -- Ali ibn Abi Talib

    #Men #Advice #Events

  • I had a big event in my personal life. Then I reevaluated and started going to theology class, and then I found my husband.
    -- Ali Landry

    #Husband #Class #Events

  • And realizing there is no such thing as the Black experience. Time and events allow for change on both sides.
    -- Alice Childress

    #Black #Events #Sides

  • The death of Jesus is the pivotal event of human history and everything needs to be understood in light of that.
    -- Alistair Begg

    #Jesus #Light #Events

  • Writing means being a fascinated slave to current events.
    -- Allan Gurganus

    #Writing #Mean #Events

  • When we are dealing with death we are constantly being dragged down by the event: Humor diverts our attention and lifts our sagging spirits.
    -- Allen Klein

    #Humor #Events #Sagging

  • I, too, was carrying around my own fate. All the things I couldn't know sat somewhere inside, embroidered into me-maybe not quite fixed to the point of inevitability but waiting, in any event, for a chance to unspool.
    -- Amanda Lindhout

    #Fate #Waiting #Events

  • The public totally discounts low-probability high-consequence events. The individual says, it's not going to be this plane, this bus, this time.
    -- Amanda Ripley

    #Risk #Events #Management

  • Events that are predestined require but little management. They manage themselves. They slip into place while we sleep, and suddenly we are aware that the thing we fear to attempt, is already accomplished.
    -- Amelia Barr

    #Sleep #Events #Littles

  • In all troublous events we may find comfort, though it be only in the negative admission that things might have been worse.
    -- Amelia Barr

    #Gratitude #Comfort #Events

  • Consciousness comes first; it is the ground of all being. Everything else, including matter, is a possibility of consciousness. And consciousness chooses out of these possibilities all the events we experience.
    -- Amit Goswami

    #Events #Matter #Firsts

  • I let one thing result from another. Of course, all of it could have been just loosely connected coincidences. And whether that's true or not, I know the intention was there. Becasue when I want something to happen-or not happen- I begin to look at all events and all things as relevant, an opportunity to take or avoid.
    -- Amy Tan

    #Opportunity #Events #Looks

  • I began to look at all events and all things as relevant, an opportunity to take or avoid.
    -- Amy Tan

    #Opportunity #Events #Looks

  • Whether sociology can ever become a full-fledged "science" (a description of a class of events predictable on the basis of deductions from a constant ra~onale) depends on whether the terms which sociologists employ to describe events can be analyzed into quantifiable observables.
    -- Anatol Rapoport

    #Class #Events #Sociology

  • When a big event happens, people turn on to CNN, not only because they know there will be people there covering an event on the ground, but because they know we're going to cover it in a way that's non-partisan, that's not left or right.
    -- Anderson Cooper

    #Cnn #People #Events

  • I've always loved reporting from the field most of all. There's something about doing live TV and being there as it happens that's always appealed to me. I think there's great value to bearing witness to these events as they're actually happening.
    -- Anderson Cooper

    #Thinking #Events #Fields

  • There is no use being alive if one must work. The event from which each of us is entitled to expect the revelation of his own life’s meaning - that event which I may not yet have found, but on whose path I seek myself - is not earned by work.
    -- Andre Breton

    #Events #Use #Alive

  • In the world we live in everything militates in favor of things that have not yet happened, of things that will never happen again.
    -- Andre Breton

    #Future #Humanity #Events

  • The gun livens things up. The colonized European comes alive, not to the subject and problem of the violence of our circumstances, but because all armed actions subjects the force of circumstances to the force of events.
    -- Andreas Baader

    #Gun #Nihilism #Events

  • I have been almost overwhelmed by the announcement of the sad event [Lincoln's assassination] which has so recently occurred. I feel incompetent to perform duties so important and responsible as those which have been so unexpectedly thrown upon me.
    -- Andrew Johnson

    #Important #Events #Overwhelmed

  • Many of us like to think of financial economics as a science, but complex events like the financial crisis suggest that this conceit may be more wishful thinking than reality.
    -- Andrew Lo

    #Reality #Thinking #Events

  • Great events are the hour-hands of time, while small events mark the minutes.
    -- Andrew Michael Ramsay

    #Time #Hands #Events

  • Fold the worst events of your life into a narrative of triumph.
    -- Andrew Solomon

    #Triumph #Events #Narrative

  • By your hand, millions - billions - of lives will be altered, caught up in a chain of events begun by you this day.
    -- Andy Andrews

    #Hands #Events #Chains

  • For me, by far, the Olympics is the biggest sporting event in the world.
    -- Andy Murray

    #Events #World #Olympics

  • It is both humiliating and humbling to discover that a single generation after the events that constructed me as a public personality, I am remembered as a hairdo.
    -- Angela Davis

    #Personality #Events #Generations

  • If you want to be constructive in politics, the less you look back, the better. If you do look back, then it can only be to learn for yourself through the events that have taken place.
    -- Angela Merkel

    #Taken #Learning #Events

  • Our response to an event is more important than the event itself.
    -- Angeles Arrien

    #Courage #Important #Events

  • Duty is ours and events are God's.
    -- Angelina Grimke

    #Events #Duty

  • Rock 'n' roll but I also like sporting events a lot. I love Mike Piazza.
    -- Angie Everhart

    #Rocks #Events #Rock N Roll

  • The fans, and now most of the crowd, are interested in this event.
    -- Angus Loughran

    #Football #Events #Fans

  • Don't underestimate the power of events that happened a long time ago. That is the tragic flaw of modern man.
    -- Anne Fortier

    #Men #Long #Events

  • A proper family diary with everyone's events and parties in it really helps organise the household.
    -- Anthea Turner

    #Party #Events #Diaries

  • The body is thus not simply an 'entity', but is experienced as a practical mode of coping with external situations and events.
    -- Anthony Giddens

    #Events #Body #Coping

  • A single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us.
    -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    #Events #Stranger

  • No single event can awaken within us a stranger whose existence we had never suspected. To live is to be slowly born.
    -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    #Life #Philosophy #Events

  • No single event can awaken within us a stranger totally unknown to us. To live is to be slowly born. It would be a bit too easy if we could go about borrowing ready-made souls.
    -- Antoine de Saint-Exupery

    #Soul #Events #Would Be

  • History is only time furnished with dates and rich with events.
    -- Antoine Rivarol

    #History #Events #Rich

  • The past,' he thought, 'is linked with the present by an unbroken chain of events flowing one out of another.' And it seemed to him that he had just seen both ends of that chain; that when he touched one end the other quivered.
    -- Anton Chekhov

    #Past #Events #Unbroken

  • It is seldom in life that one knows that a coming event is to be of crucial importance.
    -- Anya Seton

    #Events #Importance #Foresight

  • Put a man on the brink of the abyss and - in the unlikely event that she doesn't fall into it - he will become a mystic or a madman... Which is probably the same thing!
    -- Apostolos Doxiadis

    #Fall #Men #Events

  • Journalism is concerned with events, poetry with feelings. Journalism is concerned with the look of the world, poetry with the feel of the world.
    -- Archibald MacLeish

    #Feelings #Events #Looks

  • I have a strong impulse to protect history and time and the lineage of events.
    -- Ariel Pink

    #Strong #Lineage #Events

  • In the human species at all events there is a great diversity of pleasures. The same things delight some men and annoy others, and things painful and disgusting to some are pleasant and attractive to others.
    -- Aristotle

    #Men #Diversity #Events

  • The ideal reasoner, he remarked, would, when he had once been shown a single fact in all its bearings, deduce from it not only all the chain of events which led up to it but also all the results which would follow from it.
    -- Arthur Conan Doyle

    #Events #Literature #Facts

  • Events do not happen; they are just there, and we come across them.
    -- Arthur Eddington

    #Grace #Events

  • A picture story is a sequence of images combined with text in such a way that pictures and words reinforce each other. They produce a planned, organized combination giving detailed account of an event, personality or aspect of life.
    -- Arthur Rothstein

    #Giving #Personality #Events

  • Exaggeration of every kind is as essential to journalism as it is to dramatic art, for the object of journalism is to make events go as far as possible.
    -- Arthur Schopenhauer

    #Art #Events #Essentials

  • Little events, ordinary things, smashed and reconstituted. Suddenly, they become the bleached bones of a story.
    -- Arundhati Roy

    #Events #Ordinary #Stories

  • Perhaps it's true that things can change in a day. That a few dozen hours can affect the outcome of whole lifetimes. And that when they do, those few dozen hours, like the salvaged remains of a burned house---the charred clock, the singed photograph, the scorched furniture---must be resurrected from the ruins and examined. Preserved. Accounted for. Little events, ordinary things, smashed and reconstitutred. Imbued with new meaning. Suddenly they become the bleached bones of a story.
    -- Arundhati Roy

    #House #Events #Ordinary

  • It's not some big event that creates the drama, it's the little things of everyday life that bring about that drama.
    -- Asghar Farhadi

    #Drama #Everyday #Events

  • There's never going to be a decathlon that you're going to have 10 events that your satisfied with. You're always, always going to be dissatisfied in something, and that always draws you back to try to retry that the next time you do a decathlon. It's like you go for the perfect 10.
    -- Ashton Eaton

    #Perfect #Trying #Events

  • I can't think of a single one of my plays that does not represent a coincidence between an external and an internal event. Something outside of me, outside even my own life, something I read in a newspaper or witness on the street, something I see or hear, fascinates me. I see it for its dramatic potential.
    -- Athol Fugard

    #Thinking #Play #Events

  • Revolution is not a one time event.
    -- Audre Lorde

    #Events #Revolution

  • In the infinite wisdom of the Lord of all the earth, each event falls with exact precision into its proper place in the unfolding of His divine plan. Nothing, however small, however strange, occurs without His ordering, or without its particular fitness for its place in the working out of His purpose; and the end of all shall be the manifestation of His glory, and the accumulation of His praise.
    -- B. B. Warfield

    #Fall #Work Out #Events

  • Love is a momentary upwelling of three tightly interwoven events: First, a sharing of one or more positive emotions between you and another; second, a synchrony between your and the other person’s biochemistry and behaviors; and third, a reflected motive to invest in each other’s well-being that brings mutual care
    -- Barbara Fredrickson

    #Love Is #Events #Three

  • Change is a process not an event.
    -- Barbara Johnson

    #Events #Process

  • I think that every so-called history book and film biography should be prefaced by the statement that what follows is the author's rendition of events and circumstances.
    -- Barbara Kruger

    #Book #Thinking #Events

  • Of all presidential perks, the pardon power has a special significance. It is just the kind of authority that would attract the special attention of someone obsessed with himself and his own ability to influence events.
    -- Barbara Olson

    #Presidential #Special #Events

  • It's essential to distinguish between events that are really beyond your control and events you caused yourself.
    -- Barbara Sher

    #Expectations #Events #Essentials

  • In the midst of events there is no perspective.
    -- Barbara Tuchman

    #Perspective #Events #Midst

  • To rush in upon an event before its significance has had time to separate from the surrounding circumstances may be enterprising, but is it useful? ... The recent prevalence of these hot histories on publishers' lists raises the question: Should - or perhaps can - history be written while it is still smoking?
    -- Barbara Tuchman

    #History #Smoking #Events

  • See, forgiveness doesn't happen all at once. It's not an event - it's a process.
    -- Barry Lyga

    #Forgiveness #Events #Process

  • The number of choices you make in the event that you see on stage, those choices are sometimes largely determined by the rehearsal process and the experiments that you go through and the choices that you make in the rehearsal room, not in front of an audience.
    -- Ben Kingsley

    #Numbers #Choices #Events

  • What wonderful things are events! The least are of greater importance than the most sublime and comprehensive speculations.
    -- Benjamin Disraeli

    #Sublime #Events #Wonderful

  • I guess I feel very strongly that I disagree with the notion of personalizing history and movements and big events.
    -- Bernardine Dohrn

    #Events #Movement #Bigs

  • The tectonic layers of our lives rest so tightly one on top of the other that we always come up against earlier events in later ones, not as matter that has been fully formed and pushed aside, but absolutely present and alive. I understand this. Nonetheless, I sometimes find it hard to bear.
    -- Bernhard Schlink

    #Events #Alive #Layers

  • My favourite event was the 200m, so as I won the 100m, I thought it was possible I'd win the 200m
    -- Betty Cuthbert

    #Winning #Events #Favourite

  • It's in the nature of television to restrain the spontaneity of a live event. Things become more and more prepackaged.
    -- Bill Condon

    #Events #Television #Spontaneity

  • At this time, the only thing that would get me back in the ring is something that would positively impact those in need. If selling out another major event would allow me to bring a ship full of supplies to hand out to those in need, I'd say that would be very significant.
    -- Bill Goldberg

    #Impact #Hands #Events

  • I've been producing documentaries on global warming for 20 years and have seen the early warnings of extreme weather events come true.
    -- Bill Kurtis

    #Years #Weather #Events

  • Events in a single human lifetime are remarkable. Events from all human lifetimes are inconceivable.
    -- Bill Loguidice

    #Events #Lifetime #Remarkable

  • A journalist is basically a chronicler, not an interpreter of events. Where else in society do you have the license to eavesdrop on so many different conversations as you have in journalism? Where else can you delve into the life of our times?
    -- Bill Moyers

    #Events #Different #Journalism

  • Keep strong if possible; in any case, keep cool.
    -- Bill Vaughan

    #Strong #Events #Cases

  • I think of my life as a series of moments and I've found that the great moments often don't have too much to them. They're not huge, complicated events; they're just magical wee moments when somebody says 'I love you' or 'You're a really good at what you do' or simply 'You're a good person'.
    -- Billy Connolly

    #Love You #Thinking #Events