„There are two times in a man's life when he should not speculate: when he can't afford it, and when he can.“

—  Mark Twain
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„There comes a time in a man's life when to get where he has to – if there are no doors or windows – he walks through a wall.“

—  Bernard Malamud American author 1914 - 1986
"The Man in the Drawer", in Rembrandt's Hat (1973); cited from Selected Stories (Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1985) p. 225

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„He was almighty quick at a time when a man was either quick or he was dead.“

—  Louis L'Amour Novelist, short story writer 1908 - 1988
Context: He had seen Hyle shoot, and he had seen only one man he thought was as good... just one. He'd seen Con Vallian down in the Bald Knob country that time, and Con was quick. He was almighty quick at a time when a man was either quick or he was dead. Ch. 4; L'amour here, and in the title of the work, uses a double entendre, with reference to archaic use of "quick" to mean "living" and a famous idiom regarding the living and the dead which originated in William Tyndale's English translation of the New Testament (1526), 2 Timothy 4:1: "I testifie therfore before god and before the lorde Iesu Christ which shall iudge quicke and deed at his aperynge in his kyngdom."

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„To one who asked what was the proper time for lunch, he said, "If a rich man, when you will; if a poor man, when you can."“

—  Diogenes of Sinope ancient Greek philosopher, one of the founders of the Cynic philosophy -404 - -322 a.C.
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„A man who has blown all his options can't afford the luxury of changing his ways. He has to capitalize on whatever he has left, and he can't afford to admit — no matter how often he's reminded of it — that every day of his life takes him farther and farther down a blind alley…“

—  Hunter S. Thompson American journalist and author 1937 - 2005
Context: A man who has blown all his options can't afford the luxury of changing his ways. He has to capitalize on whatever he has left, and he can't afford to admit — no matter how often he's reminded of it — that every day of his life takes him farther and farther down a blind alley... Very few toads in this world are Prince Charmings in disguise. Most are simply toads... and they are going to stay that way... Toads don't make laws or change any basic structures, but one or two rooty insights can work powerful changes in the way they get through life. A toad who believes he got a raw deal before he even knew who was dealing will usually be sympathetic to the mean, vindictive ignorance that colors the Hell's Angels' view of humanity. There is not much mental distance between a feeling of having been screwed and the ethic of total retaliation, or at least the random revenge that comes with outraging the public decency.

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„There comes a time in every man's life when he must make way for an older man.“

—  Reginald Maudling British politician 1917 - 1979
Remark made in Smoking Room of House of Commons on being dropped from Margaret Thatcher's Shadow Cabinet.

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