„It's so overwhelming. It's almost better than winning the lottery, because you worked for it. It's like something you want all your life, but you never thought it would happen, and all of a sudden it did.“
„I'd rather be working for a paycheck, than waiting to win the lottery.
Besides, maybe this time it's different, I mean,
I really think you like me.“
— Conor Oberst American musician 1980
First Day of my Life
„I gave destiny a push to make it happen. You study history, so stop your pathetic whining. You know better than most that destiny happens to us, it is never something we call forth.“
— Lawrence M. Schoen American writer and klingonist 1959
Chapter 38, “Loose Ends” (p. 354)
„Today, people’s mood is very much like that: if the coffee is bitter they’re going to have a bad mood all day long. You could be having a perfect day and all of a sudden you get fired. And that’s it. there goes your beautiful day. Maybe they’ve had a beautiful life all life long, and then something will happen that will completely devastate them. But, you can go beyond all that to have something that’s permanent, to have something that is a true experience, to have an experience of yourself, to have an experience of what makes you alive.“
— Prem Rawat controversial spiritual leader 1957
Sao Paulo, Brazil, January 30, 1980
„There is a thing that happens when you are not as privileged and you start hanging out with a seedier crowd because you can afford to do the same things, [... ] And all of a sudden the big night out is sitting in somebody's trailer, smoking something or getting hold of something to put up to your nose.“
— Eddie Vedder musician, songwriter, member of Pearl Jam 1964
L.A. Times 5/1/94, "He Didn't Ask for All This".
„Though you desire the pleasures of this life,
Because of your sins, you will never gain them.
But if you renounce desires within,
You will win the Great Accomplishment.“
— Milarepa Tibetan yogi 1051 - 1135
Context: You man with a human body but a demon's face, Listen to me. Listen to the song of Milarepa! Men say the human body is most precious, like a gem; There is nothing that is precious about you. You sinful man with a demon's look, Though you desire the pleasures of this life, Because of your sins, you will never gain them. But if you renounce desires within, You will win the Great Accomplishment. It is difficult to conquer oneself While vanquishing the outer world; Conquer now your own Self-mind. To slay this deer will never please you, But if you kill the Five Poisons within, All your wishes will be fulfilled.
„In life, you have to take lots of decisions and if you don't take decisions you would never do anything because you would spend all your time choosing between things you could do.“
— Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
— Jean Chrétien 20th Prime Minister of Canada 1934
Chapter Nine, Main Street...Bay Street, p. 195
„For me it was also very special. It was so beautiful with all the children singing. I thought I would be nervous, but I was surprisingly calm. Think it will be like when you know what you want in life, then it is quiet.“
— Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland Swedish princess 1982