„He knew we had no chance without him so he argued not to be separated from us, offering, in effect, to forfeit his own life on the chance that he might save ours.“
— Dith Pran Cambodian photojournalist 1942 - 2008
Sydney Schanberg, describing Pran's efforts to get his colleagues out of harm's way.
„Perhaps, if you knew you were going to die, your senses crammed in as much detail as they could while they still had the chance...“
— Terry Pratchett English author 1948 - 2015
Truckers, Ch. 1
„It is a rather unpleasant sensation to feel yourself pulled by the strings and made to do things whether you want to or not — that is quite irrelevant — but to be compelled to act because something pulls you by the strings, something which you do not even see — that is exasperating. … I knew nobody who could help me and I did not have the chance that you have, someone who can tell you: "This is what you have to do!" There was nobody to tell me that. I had to find it out all by myself. And I found it. I started at five.“
— The Mother spiritual collaborator of Sri Aurobindo 1878 - 1973
On developing her inner experiences, as narrated in later years to her disciples at Sri Aurobindo Ashram, in "Birth and Girlhood", also in The Mother On Herself http://www.miraura.org/bio/herself.html
„He said in an injured tone: “Mister, naturally the staff won’t bother your stuff. What kind of a hotel do you think this is?
“Of course, of course,” I said. But I knew he was lying, because I knew what kind of hotel it was. The staff was there only because being there gave them a chance to knock down more money than they could make any other way. What other kind of hotel was there?“
— Frederik Pohl American science fiction writer and editor 1919 - 2013
The Gold at the Starbow’s End (p. 381)
„More men than I have put men to death, but I am the last man in the world that would take a man's life. Two years ago—even if my own life was at stake—and I am confident, if I thought a man would shoot me—I would give him a chance of keeping his life, and would part with my own; but if I knew that through him innocent persons' lives were at stake, I certainly would have to shoot him if he forced me to do so; but I would want to know that he was really going to take my innocent life.“
— Ned Kelly Australian bushranger 1855 - 1880
„I was called a formalist, and in East Germany that meant you could be denied a chance to exhibit. So I knew I had to leave [to West-Germany], not because I was worried about the controversy but because I knew the controversy was about a bad picture. It wasn't good enough to be controversial. I was getting all the wrong reactions. Friends said the work was wonderful, and the attacks made it seem more important than it was. I had started to earn money with the murals. I earned enough to get a car. That was a big deal. So it was not easy to give up. But I knew I had to leave.“
— Gerhard Richter German visual artist, born 1932 1932
„I had some good opportunities. I was lucky to have had the chance to do things differently. Architecture is about surprise.“
— Oscar Niemeyer Brazilian architect 1907 - 2012
Quoted in "Architect of Optimism," Angel Gurria-Quintana, Financial Times (2007-04-13).
„These days I seem to think a lot
About the things that I forgot to do
And all the times I had the chance to.“
— Jackson Browne American singer-songwriter 1948
These Days (ca. 1964-1965), from For Everyman (1973); previously recorded by Nico, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Tom Rush, Kenny Loggins, Iain Matthews, and Mates of State
„I remember a picture I saw in a paper not long before the wall came down. There was a man standing holding a very young daughter, my guess was that she was only about one or two years old. She had on a rather plain dress, he had on a coat and a tie and he was carrying probably a cardboard suitcase. And my guess is that everything he owned in the world was in that suitcase. And he was weeping. He wasn't weeping because he left his car and the rest of his family back on the other side of that Iron Curtain; he was weeping because he was free. He was weeping because now he had opportunity, he had the chance to choose for the first time in his life, and his daughter whom he was holding in his hands had a future, whereas before she would not have had one. That struck me as a very, very vivid picture of what this all meant.“
— Leighton W. Smith, Jr. United States Navy admiral 1939
On the end of the Cold War, in part 7: The End of the Cold War http://globetrotter.berkeley.edu/conversations/LWSmith/lwsmith-con02.html
„I always said if I lived to get grown and had a chance, I was going to try to get something for my mother and I was going to do something for the black man of the South if it would cost my life; I was determined to see that things were changed.“
— Fannie Lou Hamer American civil rights activist (October 6, 1917 – March 14, 1977) 1917 - 1977
As quoted in Freedomways, p. 232 (Second quarter, 1965).