„He that leaveth nothing to chance will do few things ill, but he will do very few things.“

Political, Moral, and Miscellaneous Reflections (1750), Miscellaneous Thoughts and Reflections

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„No outcome was preordained, but nothing would come easily. Few things of value do.“

—  Stanley A. McChrystal American general 1954

Fonte: My Share Of The Task (2013), p. 278
Contexto: As the story unfolds many things appear: extraordinary sacrifice and teamwork, often alongside an atmosphere of mistrust, uncertainty, media scrutiny, and politics. There is a temptation to seek a single hero or culprit- a person, group, or policy- that emerges as the decisive factor. This makes for better intrigue, but it's a false drama. To do so is to oversimplify the war, the players, and Afghanistan itself. Because despite their relevance as contributing factors, I found no single personality, decision, relationship, or event that determined the outcome or even dominated the direction of events. Afghanistan did that. Only Afghanistan, with her deep scars and opaque complexity, emerged as the essential reality and dominant character. On her brutal terrain, and in the minds of her people, the struggle was to be waged and decided. No outcome was preordained, but nothing would come easily. Few things of value do.

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„Herodotus says, "Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all. The conscientious historian will correct these defects."“

—  Mark Twain, livro A Horse's Tale

Acknowledgements
Twain does not quote Herodotus here, he only sums up what he believes to have been Herodotus' approach to the writing of history. Nevertheless, this apocryphal statement is now often quoted as being the very words of Herodotus.
A Horse's Tale (1907)

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„Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all. The conscientious historian will correct these defects.“

—  Herodotus ancient Greek historian, often considered as the first historian -484 - -425 a.C.

This statement is not to be found in the works of Herodotus. It appears in the acknowledgements to Mark Twain's A Horse's Tale (1907) preceded by the words "Herodotus says", but Twain was simply summarizing what he took to be Herodotus' attitude to historiography.
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„You can do a few things superbly well, or a lot of things averagely well.“

—  Greg McKeown (author), livro Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

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„Now he found out a new thing--namely, that to promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing.“

—  Mark Twain, livro The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Variante: To promise not to do a thing is the surest way in the world to make a body want to go and do that very thing.
Fonte: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), Ch. 22.

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„We were peers, I think. Leo's an incredibly intelligent guy who's been through a great amount of life experience over the course of the last few years. He's very dedicated and I think he had a very good idea of what he wanted to do and how he wanted to do it.“

—  Leonardo DiCaprio American actor and film producer 1974

Tom Hanks speaking on the working relationship he has with Leonardo DiCaprio on the set of Catch Me If You Can http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/2003/01/16/tom_hanks_catch_me_if_you_can_interview.shtml
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„There are very few things that can be proved rigorously in condensed matter physics.“

—  Anthony James Leggett British physicist 1938

Nobel Lecture http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/physics/laureates/2003/leggett-lecture.pdf, December 8, 2003.

„Very few experiments can, in the nature of things, be really crucial.“

—  J. R. Partington British chemist 1886 - 1965

Introduction
Higher Mathematics for Chemical Students (1911)
Contexto: It is necessary to guard against a possible danger... of submitting too readily to the result of a so-called "crucial experiment". Very few experiments can, in the nature of things, be really crucial. One so-called "crucial experiment" which decided between Newton's corpuscular theory of light and Huyghens' wave-theory, viz. the relation between the law of refraction and the velocity of light, was not at all decisive.

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„Before a man can do things there must be things he will not do.“

—  Mencius Chinese philosopher -372 - -289 a.C.

Eugene H. Peterson, A Long Obedience in the Same Direction, IVP, start of Ch 2.
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Fonte: Also quoted elsewhere and attributed to Mencius as "Only when there are things a man will not do is he capable of doing great things," again with no source.

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„Do I wish I didn't say a few things nine years ago? Yes. But if that's the worst thing I ever did, I can live with it.“

—  Chris Berman American sportscaster 1955

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