„Why, one wonders, does lightning strike in one place rather than another?“

—  Patrick Modiano, P 86

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„It was a room where you had no reason for sitting in one place rather than in another.“

—  George Eliot English novelist, journalist and translator 1819 - 1880
Ch. 54 http://books.google.com/books?id=A2wOAAAAQAAJ&q=%22It+was+a+room+where+you+had+no+reason+for+sitting+in+one+place+rather+than+in+another%22&pg=PA187#v=onepage

Edward Hopper photo

„I do not know why I chose one subject rather than another unless I believe them to be the best synthesis of my inner experience.“

—  Edward Hopper prominent American realist painter and printmaker 1882 - 1967
quoted by Floyd Goodrich, in Edward Hopper, H. Abrams, New York 1971

„Oh, talk about lightning striking twice. Another goal scrubbed out for the United States.“

—  Ian Darke British association football and boxing commentator 1950
United States v. Algeria http://www.listenonrepeat.com/watch/?v=DALDkkXodRU (23 June 2010).

„I'd rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph.“

—  Ken Kesey novelist 1935 - 2001
Ch. 1 : Black Shiny FBI Shoes

Tom Wolfe photo

„I'd rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph“

—  Tom Wolfe American author and journalist 1931
Context: He talks in a soft voice with a country accent, almost a pure country accent, only crackling and rasping and cheese-grated over the two-foot hookup, talking about — "—there's been no creativity," he is saying, "and I think my value has been to help create the next step. I don't think there will be any movement off the drug scene until there is something else to move to —" — all in a plain country accent about something — well, to be frank, I didn't know what in the hell it was all about. Sometimes he spoke cryptically, in aphorisms. I told him I had heard he didn't intend to do any more writing. Why? I said. "I'd rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph," he said. He talked about something called the Acid Test and forms of expression in which there would be no separation between himself and the audience. It would be all one experience, with all the senses opened wide, words, music, lights, sounds, touch — lightning. On Ken Kesey, in Ch. I : Black Shiny FBI Shoes

Simone de Beauvoir photo

„Why one man rather than another? It was odd. You find yourself involved with a fellow for life just because he was the one that you met when you were nineteen.“

—  Simone de Beauvoir French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist, and social theorist 1908 - 1986

Hermann Hesse photo

„A mere nothing suffices — and the lightning strikes.“

—  Hermann Hesse German writer 1877 - 1962
Context: A thousand such possibilities await him. His fate brings them on, leaving him no choice; for those outside of the bourgeoisie live in the atmosphere of these magic possibilities. A mere nothing suffices — and the lightning strikes. p. 56

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„I would much rather have men ask why I have no statue, than why I have one.“

—  Cato the Elder politician, writer and economist (0234-0149) -234 - -149 a.C.
Attributed to Cato in Plutarch, Parallel Lives 19:4 http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus%3Atext%3A2008.01.0013%3Achapter%3D19. Original Greek: ‘μᾶλλον γὰρ,’ ἔφη, ‘βούλομαι ζητεῖσθαι, διὰ τί μου ἀνδριὰς οὐ κεῖται ἢ διὰ τί κεῖται’

„I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.“

—  Gerry Spence, How to Argue & Win Every Time: At Home, At Work, In Court, Everywhere, Everyday
Ch. 6 : The Power of Prejudice : Examining the Garment, Bleaching the Stain, p. 98

Karl Marx photo

„A house sold by A to B does not wander from one place to another, although it circulates as a commodity.“

—  Karl Marx German philosopher, economist, sociologist, journalist and revolutionary socialist 1818 - 1883
Vol. II, Ch. VI, p. 152.

Albert Einstein photo

„Science is a wonderful thing if one does not have to earn one's living at it.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
Letter to California student E. Holzapfel (March 1951) Einstein Archive 59-1013, p. 57