— Richard Adams, Watership Down
— Arthur Miller playwright from the United States 1915 - 2005
Lyman speaking of his wife to his lawyer, Act 1
„There is no cause to doubt the American commitment. Our decision to stand firm has been matched by our desire for peace.“
— Lyndon B. Johnson American politician, 36th president of the United States (in office from 1963 to 1969) 1908 - 1973
Context: Last year the nature of the war in Vietnam changed again. Swiftly increasing numbers of armed men from the North crossed the borders to join forces that were already in the South. Attack and terror increased, spurred and encouraged by the belief that the United States lacked the will to continue and that their victory was near. Despite our desire to limit conflict, it was necessary to act: to hold back the mounting aggression, to give courage to the people of the South, and to make our firmness clear to the North. Thus. we began limited air action against military targets in North Vietnam. We increased our fighting force to its present strength tonight of 190,000 men. These moves have not ended the aggression but they have prevented its success. The aims of the enemy have been put out of reach by the skill and the bravery of Americans and their allies—and by the enduring courage of the South Vietnamese who, I can tell you, have lost eight men last year for every one of ours. The enemy is no longer close to victory. Time is no longer on his side. There is no cause to doubt the American commitment. Our decision to stand firm has been matched by our desire for peace.
„All of us failed to match our dreams of perfection. So I rate us on the basis of our splendid failure to do the impossible.“
— William Faulkner American writer 1897 - 1962
On himself and his contemporaries.
„Pictures of politicians preen across our TV screens, pretensions plaques and posters fill our minds and magazines. Promises a burning match, igniting dreams of straw…“
— Dawud Wharnsby Canadian musician 1972
"The War/La Ilaha Il Allah"
„Anatoly Karpov and I donated the prize fund from our 1986 world championship match to the Chernobyl victim relief fund.“
— Garry Kasparov former chess world champion 1963
„The world, unfortunately, rarely matches our hopes and consistently refuses to behave in a reasonable manner.“
— Stephen Jay Gould American evolutionary biologist 1941 - 2002
"Shades of Lamarck", p. 76
„Part of our evolutionary heritage is the ability to adapt -- species that survive, adapt. Humans adapt by altering their priorities to match evolving values.“
— Warren Farrell author, spokesperson, expert witness, political candidate 1943
„... and I haven't got to the bloody Japanese yet, with their poisoned stakes and booby traps and nasty habit of using prisoners for bayonet practice and no-surrender valour and fighting ability to match our own... almost.“
— George MacDonald Fraser English-born author of Scottish descent 1925 - 2008
The Defeat of the British Army. p. 184.
„But why must the system go to such lengths to block our empathy? Why all the psychological acrobatics? The answer is simple: because we care about animals, and we don't want them to suffer. And because we eat them. Our values and behaviors are incongruent, and this incongruence causes us a certain degree of moral discomfort. In order to alleviate this discomfort, we have three choices: we can change our values to match our behaviors, we can change our behaviors to match our values, or we can change our perception of our behaviors so that they appear to match our values. It is around this third option that our schema of meat is shaped. As long as we neither value unnecessary animal suffering nor stop eating animals, our schema will distort our perceptions of animals and the meat we eat, so that we can feel comfortable enough to consume them.“
— Melanie Joy American psychologist 1966
„Because. doesn't match \n. [ \0-\377] is the most efficient way to match everything currently. Maybe \e should match everything. And \E would of course match nothing.“
— Larry Wall American computer programmer and author, creator of Perl 1954
„Our coming-to-be is as mysterious as our ceasing-to-be at death. Can we therefore not derive hope because our ignorance about our origin matches our ignorance about our destiny? Cannot life be lived as a challenging and wonderful adventure that has meaning yet to be discovered? (95)“
— John C. Eccles Australian neurophysioloigst 1903 - 1997
„We don't need to give away flags for our fans to wave - our supporters are always there with their hearts, and that is all we need. It's the passion of the fans that helps to win matches - not flags.“
— Rafael Benítez Spanish association football player and manager 1960
„We marvel at them; we read them aloud to our friends and spouses, even, occasionally, to passersby; we analyze them; we lament our inability to match them.“
— Stanley Fish American academic 1938
Chapter 1, Why Sentences?, p. 4
„Our efforts to ensure our shared security must be matched by a commitment to improve governance. Those things are connected. Good governance is one of the best weapons against terrorism and instability.“
— Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
Context: Our efforts to ensure our shared security must be matched by a commitment to improve governance. Those things are connected. Good governance is one of the best weapons against terrorism and instability. Our fight against terrorist groups, for example, will never be won if we fail to address legitimate grievances that terrorists may try to exploit, if we don’t build trust with all communities, if we don’t uphold the rule of law. There’s a saying, and I believe it is true -- if we sacrifice liberty in the name of security, we risk losing both.