Quotes of Contingency

“ The sort of dependence that results from exchange, i.e., from commercial transactions, is a reciprocal dependence. We cannot be dependent upon a foreigner without his being dependent on us. Now, this is what constitutes the very essence of society. To sever natural interrelations is not to make oneself independent, but to isolate oneself completely. ”

- Frederic Bastiat

“ When a woman tells the truth she is creating the possibility for more truth around her. ”

- Adrienne Rich

“ The world is full of hopeful analogies and handsome dubious eggs called possibilities. ”

- George Eliot

“ Consider nothing impossible, then treat possibilities as probabilities. ”

- Charles Dickens

“ Possibilities are like cancer. The more I think about them, the more they multiply, and there's no way to stop them. ”

- Haruki Murakami

“ When you have exhausted all possibilities, remember this — you haven't. ”

- Thomas Edison

“ Watch out for emergencies. They are your big chance. ”

- Fritz Reiner

“ I think what's happening in Sierra Leone is a crisis for that country, of course, but it's also a crisis for peacekeeping for the United Nations. ”

- Alex Morrison

“ Martyrs are needed to create incidents. Incidents are needed to create revolutions. Revolutions are needed to create progress. ”

- Chester Himes

“ We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize. ”

- Thich Nhat Hanh

“ What one decides to do in crisis depends on one's philosophy of life, and that philosophy cannot be changed by an incident. If one hasn't any philosophy in crises, others make the decision. ”

- Jeannette Rankin

“ There is a crisis of public morality. Instead of policing bedrooms, we ought to be doing a better job policing boardrooms. ”

- Robert Reich

“ There is a crisis. ”

- Guy Verhofstadt

“ The possibilities are numerous once we decide to act and not react. ”

- Gloria Anzaldúa

“ Luck enters into every contingency.You are a fool if you forget it — and a greater fool if you count upon it. ”

- Phyllis Bottome

“ The world changed from having the determinism of a clock to having the contingency of a pinball machine. ”

- Heinz R. Pagels

“ There is no dependence that can be sure but a dependence upon one's self. ”

- John Gay

“ Every little thing counts in a crisis. ”

- Jawaharlal Nehru

“ Crises and deadlocks, when they occur, have at least this advantage, that they force us to think. ”

- Jawaharlal Nehru

“ Crises refine life. In them you discover what you are. ”

- Allan K. Chalmers

“ It is a wise person that adapts themselves to all contingencies; it's the fool who always struggles like a swimmer against the current. ”

- Unknown

“ In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, but in the expert's mind there are few. ”

- Shunryu Suzuki

“ Try to relax and enjoy the crisis. ”

- Ashleigh Brilliant

“ The future looks extremely bright indeed, with lots of possibilities ahead — big possibilities. Like the song says, ''We've just begun.''. ”

- Bruce Lee

“ Incidents should not govern policy; but, policy incidents. ”

- Napoleon Bonaparte

“ The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality. ”

- Dante Alighieri

“ Probability is expectation founded upon partial knowledge. A perfect acquaintance with all the circumstances affecting the occurrence of an event would change expectation into certainty, and leave nether room nor demand for a theory of probabilities. ”

- George Boole

“ The world is full of abundance and opportunity, but far too many people come to the fountain of life with a sieve instead of a tank car a teaspoon instead of a steam shovel. They expect little and as a result they get little. ”

- Ben Sweetland

“ Every second the Universe divides into possibilities and most of those possibilities never happen. It is not a uni-verse — there is more than one reading. The story won't stop, can't stop, it goes on telling itself, waiting for an intervention that changes what will happen next. ”

- Jeanette Winterson

“ We repose too much upon the actual, when we should be seeking to develop the possibilities of our being. It is true of nearly all of us, that what we have done is little compared with what we might have accomplished, or may hereafter effect. ”

- Christian Nestell Bovee
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