„You may never know what type of person someone is unless they are given opportunities to violate moral or ethical codes.“
— Nassim Nicholas Taleb, Antifragile: Things That Gain From Disorder
„If you want to achieve excellence, you can get there today. As of this second, quit doing less than excellent work.“
— Tom Watson American businessman 1874 - 1956
Attributed to Watson in: William G. Dickerson (1995) In search of the ultimate practice. p. 19.
— Tom Peters American writer on business management practices 1942
„I was given opportunities not extended to my fellow soldiers, I embraced those opportunities to set the record straight.“
— Jessica Lynch Recipient of the Purple Heart medal 1983
„Scotland has a unique opportunity to develop one of the strongest renewable and green energy industries in Europe - and, a world centre for excellence.“
— Alex Salmond Scottish National Party politician and former First Minister of Scotland 1954
— Abba Eban Israeli diplomat and politician 1915 - 2002
As quoted in The Jerusalem Post (18 November 2002) http://www.factsofisrael.com/blog/archives/000491.html; often misquoted as "Palestinians never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity." The quote is attributed to Abba Eban after the Geneva Peace Conference http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Peace/geneva.html with Arab countries (21 December 1973).
— Bill Watterson American comic artist 1958
„Success: Pessimism and giving up are greatest weaknesses. Our failures are essential stepping stones to success. Motivate yourself and develop the will to win. Never quit halfway. The only way to excellent achievement is to try again and again with hope and confidence.“
— Thich Nhat Tu Vietnamese philosopher 1969
„They all had the same ideas and expressed them always with the same ponderous and brassy assurance. If it was not Babbitt who was delivering any given verdict, at least he was beaming on the chancellor who did deliver it. ~ Ch. 10“
— Sinclair Lewis American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright 1885 - 1951
— Claudian Roman Latin poet 370 - 404
In Rufinum, Bk. I, lines 215-216 http://penelope.uchicago.edu/Thayer/L/Roman/Texts/Claudian/In_Rufinum/1*.html#215.
— Ted Turner American media mogul and philanthropist 1938