„But forgetting's not something you do, it happens to you. Only it didn't happen to me“

John Fowles1
1926 - 2005

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And something happens to me.
That's some kind of wonderful.“

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„It's not the experience that happens to you: it's what you do with the experience that happens to you.“

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„And if something were to happen to me“

— Pim Fortuyn Dutch politician 1948 - 2002
Context: If you could see what I get in my mailbox every now and then, regarding threats, and so on, well that doesn't exactly cheer you up, and the Dutch government – and I think it's a 'bloody shame' – helps create a climate demonizing me personally. And if something were to happen to me – and I'm glad that you're giving me the chance (to say this) – if something were to happen to me, then they will be partly responsible, and they can't just walk away saying "I'm not the one who committed the attack." They helped to create this climate (this atmosphere), and it needs to stop. Appearance on the Dutch-TV program "Jensen!", a couple of months before being assassinated https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4Sl4CvmjfE

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— Далай-лама XIV spiritual leader of Tibet 1935
On the killing of al-Queda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden by US military forces, as quoted in "Dalai Lama suggests Osama bin Laden's death was justified" by Mitchell Landsberg, in The Los Angeles Times (4 May 2011) http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-0504-dalai-lama-20110504,0,7229481.story.