— Mignon McLaughlin American journalist 1913 - 1983
„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.“
„With engineering, I view this year's failure as next year's opportunity to try it again. Failures are not something to be avoided. You want to have them happen as quickly as you can so you can make progress rapidly.“
— Gordon Moore American businessman, co-founder of Intel and author of the eponym law 1929
— Oprah Winfrey American businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist 1954
As quoted in Oprah, in Her Words : Our American Princess (2008) by Tuchy Palmieri, p. 71
„I'm not concerned about avoiding anything that happened three years ago or worried about letdowns or things of that nature. When you use the term 'letdown' you proceed with the assumption that this is a continuation of something that happened in the past.“
— Mike Tomlin head coach of the National Football League's Pittsburgh Steelers 1972
Referring to the Steelers' poor start in 2006 following their Super Bowl win, as quoted in "Tomlin looks ahead" by Ed Bouchette, in The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (1 August 2009) http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09213/987980-66.stm
„What happens when a new work of art is created, is something that happens simultaneously to all the works of art which preceded it.“
— T.S. Eliot 20th century English author 1888 - 1965
Context: What happens when a new work of art is created, is something that happens simultaneously to all the works of art which preceded it. The existing monuments form an ideal order among themselves, which is modified by the introduction of the new (the really new) work of art among them. The existing order is complete before the new work arrives; for order to persist after the supervention of novelty, the whole existing order must be, if ever so slightly, altered; and so the relations, proportions, values of each work of art toward the whole are readjusted; and this is conformity between the old and the new.
„I do graphics commercially for a living, but when I get affected by things, when something happens in the world, I usually communicate online with my drawings.“
— Jean Jullien french graphic designer, illustrator, video artist and photographer 1983
„The poet's job is not to tell you what happened, but what happens: not what did take place, but the kind of thing that always does take place. He gives you the typical, recurring, or what Aristotle calls universal event.“
— Northrop Frye Canadian literary critic and literary theorist 1912 - 1991
— Graham Greene, The End of the Affair
„Whenever I face a hard decision or a risky situation in life (personally or professionally), all my thinking, all my analysis, all my planning can be boiled down to four simple questions:
1. What is the best thing that can happen if I do this?
2. What is the worst thing that can happen if I do this?
3. What is the best thing that can happen if I don't do it?
4. What is the worst thing that can happen if I don't do it?“
— Ben Carson 17th and current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; American neurosurgeon 1951