„At moments when life is at its worst there are two things you can do:
1.) break down, lose hope and refuse to go on while lying face down on the ground banging your fists and kicking your legs, or 2.) laugh. Bobby and I did the latter.“
„Whenever I face a hard decision or a risky situation in life (personally or professionally), all my thinking, all my analysis, all my planning can be boiled down to four simple questions:
1. What is the best thing that can happen if I do this?
2. What is the worst thing that can happen if I do this?
3. What is the best thing that can happen if I don't do it?
4. What is the worst thing that can happen if I don't do it?“
— Ben Carson 17th and current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; American neurosurgeon 1951
„It is in that moment, when you really lay down your cards and see the relationship for what it was, that you'll find the freedom to kick it in the ass and let it go.“
— Greg Behrendt, It's Called a Breakup Because It's Broken: The Smart Girl's Break-Up Buddy
„The worst evil that you can do, psychologically, is to laugh at yourself. That means spitting in your own face.“
— Ayn Rand Russian-American novelist and philosopher 1905 - 1982
Question period following Lecture 11 of Leonard Peikoff's series "The Philosophy of Objectivism," 1976
— Louise Rennison, Are These My Basoomas I See Before Me?
„When I saw the funeral scene, I just broke down. I ran out of the cabin into the woods, and for nearly 2-1/2 hours, I just cried: "Why, God, did You take him?"“
— Bernice King American minister, daughter of Martin Luther King, Jr. 1963
Reflection on experience at age sixteen in "Faces of Faith: A Connection Magazine Anthology" (2006), p. 82.
„Mr Churchill, to what do you attribute your success in life?
Conservation of energy. Never stand up when you can sit down. And never sit down when you can lie down.“
— Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965
„It pains me to see my old company, which has meant so much to America, on the ropes. But Chrysler has been in trouble before, and we got through it, and I believe they can do it again. [... ] Let's face it, if your car breaks down, you're not going to take it to the White House to get fixed. But, if your company breaks down, you've got to go to the experts on the ground, not the bureaucrats.“
— Lee Iacocca American businessman 1924
— Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Context: Maybe not you, buddy, but the rest are even scared to open up and laugh. You know, that's the first thing that got me about this place, that there wasn't anybody laughing. I haven't heard a real laugh since I came through that door, do you know that? Man, when you lose your laugh you lose your footing. Ch. 5
— John Philip Kemble British actor-manager 1757 - 1823
The Panel, Act i, Scene 1, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). Altered from Isaac Bickerstaff's "'T is Well 't is no Worse"; also found in Debrett's "Asylum for Fugitive Pieces", vol. i., p. 15.