„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.“

—  Annie Proulx, livro The Shipping News, The Shipping News (1993), P. 11
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Annie Proulx
escritora e jornalista norte-americana 1935

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—  Horace, livro Epistles
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One day I waited for myself
I said to myself Guillaume it's time you came
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„Translation: Who trusts to others for his food,
Waits long e’er he be satisfied.“

—  Giovanni Maria Cecchi Italian poet, playwright, writer and notary 1518 - 1587
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„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
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