„Everything that happens once can never happen again. But everything that happens twice will surely happen a third time.“
Fonte: The Alchemist (1988), p. 184; this also has been quoted as "What happens once will never happen again. But what happens twice will surely happen a third time."
„Time exists in order that everything doesn’t happen all at once…and space exists so that it doesn’t all happen to you.“
— Susan Sontag American writer and filmmaker, professor, and activist 1933 - 2004
Fonte: At the Same Time: Essays and Speeches
— John Archibald Wheeler American physicist 1911 - 2008
Wheeler quoted this saying in Complexity, Entropy, and the Physics of Information (1990), p. 10 http://books.google.com/books?id=mdjsOeTgatsC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA10#v=onepage&q&f=false, with a footnote attributing it to "graffiti in the men's room of the Pecan Street Cafe, Austin, Texas". Later publications, such as Paul Davies' 1995 book About Time (p. 236), credited Wheeler with variations of this saying, but the quip is actually much older. The earliest known source is Ray Cummings' 1922 science fiction novel The Girl in the Golden Atom, http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/21094 Ch. V: " 'Time,' he said, 'is what keeps everything from happening at once.' " It also appears in his 1929 novel The Man Who Mastered Time. http://books.google.com/books?id=YdZEAAAAYAAJ&q=%22everything+from+happening+at+once%22#search_anchor The earliest known occurrence other than Cummings is from 1962 in Film Facts: Volume 5, p. 48 http://books.google.com/books?id=sr0vAQAAIAAJ&q=%22everything+from+happening+at+once%22.
— Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
It seems that this quote has only begun to be attributed to Einstein recently, the earliest published source located being the 2008 book Visualization for Dummies by Bernard Golden, p. 85 http://books.google.com/books?id=2ppZkdmpSlgC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA85#v=onepage&q&f=false. Before that it was often attributed to the physicist John Wheeler, who quoted the saying in Complexity, Entropy, and the Physics of Information, p. 10 http://books.google.com/books?id=mdjsOeTgatsC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA10#v=onepage&q&f=false. In fact, this quip is much older; the earliest source located is Ray Cummings' 1921 short story "The Time Professor", which includes the passage https://books.google.com/books?id=sXpDAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA371#v=onepage&q=%22time%20is%20what%20keeps%20everything%20from%20happening%20at%20once%22&f=false: '"I do know what time is," Tubby declared. He paused. "Time," he added slowly -- "time is what keeps everything from happening at once ...".' Cummings repeated the quote in his 1922 science fiction novel The Girl in the Golden Atom, available on Project Gutenberg here http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/21094 (according to Science-Fiction: The Early Years by Everett F. Bleiler, p. 171 http://books.google.com/books?id=KEZxhkG5eikC&lpg=PP1&pg=PA171#v=onepage&q&f=false, the novel was a composite of two earlier stories published in 1919 and 1920). Chapter V http://www.gutenberg.org/files/21094/21094-h/21094-h.htm#CHAPTER_V contains the following paragraph: The Big Business Man smiled. "Time," he said, "is what keeps everything from happening at once." The next-earliest source found for this quote is another book by Ray Cummings, The Man Who Mastered Time http://books.google.com/books?id=YdZEAAAAYAAJ&q=%22everything+from+happening+at+once%22#search_anchor from 1929, and no published examples of the quote from authors other than Cummings can be found until the 1962 Film Facts: Volume 5 where it appears on p. 48 http://books.google.com/books?id=sr0vAQAAIAAJ&q=%22everything+from+happening+at+once%22#search_anchor. So, it seems likely that Ray Cummings is the real originator of this saying.
„while the scientist sees everything that happens in one point of space,
the poet feels everything that happens in one point of time.“
— Vladimir Nabokov Russian-American novelist, lepidopterist, professor 1899 - 1977
„Time has been called God's way of making sure that everything doesn't happen at once. In the same spirit, noise is Nature's way of making sure that we don't find out everything that happens. Noise, in short, is the protector of information.“
— Hans Christian von Baeyer American physicist 1938
von Baeyer did not originate the quip about time, which dates back at least as far as the 1929 book "The Man Who Mastered Time" by Ray Cummings, where it appears on p. 1 http://books.google.com/books?id=YdZEAAAAYAAJ&q=%22everything+from+happening+at+once%22#search_anchor.
Fonte: Information, The New Language of Science (2003), Chapter 14, Noise, Nuisance and necessity, p. 127-128
„If such a thing had happened once, it must surely have happened many times in this galaxy of a hundred billion suns.“
— Arthur C. Clarke, livro Rendezvous with Rama
Fonte: Rendezvous with Rama
— George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950
Pt. V : As Far as Thought Can Reach
1920s, Back to Methuselah (1921)
„We can never possibly know what is about to happen: it is happening, each time, for the first time, for the only time.“
— Carl Sandburg American writer and editor 1878 - 1967
„Everything that happened, good or bad, would subtract something from the lessening store of useful energy, till a time arrived when nothing could happen any more, and the universe, frozen into eternal repose, would for ever be as if it were not.“
— Arthur James Balfour British Conservative politician and statesman 1848 - 1930
Theism and humanism
Contexto: Everything that happened, good or bad, would subtract something from the lessening store of useful energy, till a time arrived when nothing could happen any more, and the universe, frozen into eternal repose, would for ever be as if it were not. /.../ The physical course of nature does not merely fail to indicate design, it seems loudly to proclaim its absence.
„Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer“
— Jenny Han American writer 1980
Fonte: The Summer I Turned Pretty
„His conviction that everything happened for a reason, and would come to good, gave him laughing equanimity even in hard times.“
— Laura Hillenbrand, livro Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
Fonte: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
„Sydney: Ever had that happen? Once you can’t have something, you want it that much more.”
Adrian: “Yes. It happens all the time.“
— Richelle Mead, livro The Golden Lily
Fonte: The Golden Lily
— Christopher Paolini, livro Brisingr
— Ann Brashares, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
Fonte: The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
„At that point in their lives, everything is clear and everything is possible. They are not afraid to dream, and to yearn for everything they would like to see happen to them in their lives. But, as time passes a mysterious force begins to convince them that it will be impossible for them to realize their destiny.“
— Paulo Coelho, livro O Alquimista
Fonte: The Alchemist (1988), p. 22.
„It's everything. It's the walk you take in the morning, it's the night before, the meeting with people, landscapes, the chats, all of that evolves in some way into melody, but I'm not sure how it's going to happen. I'm dealing with the unknown all the time and that is exciting.“
— Enya Irish singer, songwriter, and musician 1961
The Telegraph interview (2005)
Contexto: There is no formula to it because writing every song, for me, is a little journey. The first note has to lift you and make you go, 'What's this?' You play C, but why is it that one day it leads to G and it didn't yesterday? I don't know. It's everything. It's the walk you take in the morning, it's the night before, the meeting with people, landscapes, the chats, all of that evolves in some way into melody, but I'm not sure how it's going to happen. I'm dealing with the unknown all the time and that is exciting.
„I've found out that falling in love doesn't have anything to do with time. It can take a year or an instant. It happens when it's ready to happen.“
— Nora Roberts American romance writer 1950
Fonte: The Calhouns: Catherine, Amanda and Lilah
„Everything happens all the time, but you must be ready for it. Readiness is ripeness. You do not see the real because your mind is not ready for it.“
— Nisargadatta Maharaj Indian guru 1897 - 1981
Fonte: I am That, P.161.