„That was the stuff of other lives, he was waiting for his to begin. He got in the habit of walking around the trailer and asking aloud, "Who knows?" He said, "Who knows?" For no one knew. He meant, anything could happen. A spinning coin, still balanced on its rim, may fall in either direction.“
„Wait!" he yelled.
I didn't turn around, I walked faster. Then I heard him slam his fist on the hood of his car. I almost stopped.
Maybe I would have if he'd followed me. But he didn't. He got in his car and he left, just like he said he would.“
— Jenny Han, It's Not Summer Without You
„He who postpones the hour of living rightly is like the rustic who waits for the river to run out before he crosses.“
— Horace, livro Epistles
Epistles (c. 20 BC and 14 BC), (la) Qui recte vivendi prorogat horam, Rusticus exspectat dum defluat amnis. Book I, epistle ii, lines 41–42
One day I waited for myself
I said to myself Guillaume it's time you came
So I could know just who I am
I who know others“
— Guillaume Apollinaire, livro Alcools
Alcools (1912), Un jour Un jour je m'attendais moi-même Je me disais Guillaume il est temps que tu viennes Pour que je sache enfin celui-là que je suis Moi qui connais les autres "Cortège", line 19; translation from Roger Shattuck (trans.) Selected Writings of Guillaume Apollinaire (New York: New Directions, 1971) p. 75.
„He that always waits upon God is ready whenever He calls. Neglect not to set your accounts even; he is a happy man who to lives as that death at all times may find him at leisure to die.“
— Owen Feltham English writer 1602 - 1668
Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 180.
„Only one who has learned much can fully appreciate his ignorance.
He knows well the limits of his knowledge and how much is waiting to be learned.“
— Louis L'Amour Novelist, short story writer 1908 - 1988
Education of a Wandering Man (1989), Ch. 11
— Giovanni Maria Cecchi Italian poet, playwright, writer and notary 1518 - 1587
Chi per l’altrui mani S’imbocca, tardi si satolla. Le Rappresentazion di Tobia, Act I., Scene III. — (Samuella). Translation reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of quotations French and Italian (1904), p. 269.
„He called out for the others, but they were nowhere near. He tried to run, without knowing which way to go, but his legs were sluggish and the earth stood on end; in the next instant he found himself lying horizontal, his cheek in the dirt, without having felt himself fall. Then the earth tilted away from him again. He tried to walk steadily, but the earth continued to surge. Finally he sat down beneath a house-gable, leaned his back against the wall, and waited until the earth settled back in its place. He drooped his head and mumbled about his forefathers... In the end all he could do was start to sing the sad passion-hymns and death-prayers his mother had taught him in his youth.“
— Halldór Laxness Icelandic author 1902 - 1998
Íslandsklukkan (Iceland's Bell) (1946), Part II: The Fair Maiden
„Why should a Christian hesitate to kill a man that his God is waiting to damn? Why should a Christian pity an unbeliever—one who has rejected the Bible—when he knows that God will be pitiless forever?“
— Robert G. Ingersoll Union United States Army officer 1833 - 1899
„In 1982, when he was 45 and Philadelphia 76er owner Harold Katz was hot after him, the Houston Chronicle's George White asked Elvin Hayes if Chamberlain could still play. "Some things about Wilt, you never forgot," Hayes said. "He was such an awesome physical specimen. To go up under Wilt Chamberlain, to be down there and look up at him when he's towering up over you waiting to dunk, was a terrifying picture. To see him poised up there, knowing he was about to sweep down with that big jam... that must be the most frightening sight in sports. The ball goes shooting through the net and you better have your body covered up because he could really hurt someone. I was scared. Everyone was scared when he got that look in his eye, that don't-try-to-stop-this look that he got when he really wanted it.... "I think Russell realized there was no way he could have stopped Wilt if he had been fully intent on making it a two-man game. No one who ever put on a uniform could have done it. When I played him, I kept this foremost in my mind: Above all, don't make him mad. Don't embarrass him. You wanted to keep him quiet as long as possible."“
— Wilt Chamberlain basketball player 1936 - 1999
Post-NBA life, [Heisler, Mark, Larger Than Life, The Los Angeles Times, 1999-10-13]
„A man who waits to believe in action before acting is anything you like, but he’s not a man of action.“
— Georges Clemenceau French politician 1841 - 1929
Context: A man who waits to believe in action before acting is anything you like, but he’s not a man of action. It is as if a tennis player before returning a ball stopped to think about his views of the physical and mental advantages of tennis. You must act as you breathe. Conversation with Jean Martet (18 December 1927), Ch. 11, p. 167.