„I want to be calling the shots, organising the tune.“

—  Alex Salmond, Context: My favourite is a hung parliament with 20 SNP MPs. I want to be calling the shots, organising the tune.
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„Before I kick it I want to be able to carry a tune in a living room if called upon. Of course, mine come out all dark and twisted and weird.“

—  Iggy Pop American rock singer-songwriter, musician, and actor 1947
Context: You know, I'm fifty-two now and I call myself a singer. Before I kick it I want to be able to carry a tune in a living room if called upon. Of course, mine come out all dark and twisted and weird.

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„No, gentlemen, if I am to be shot at, I want no man to be in the way of the bullet.“

—  Andrew Johnson American politician, 17th president of the United States (in office from 1865 to 1869) 1808 - 1875
As military governor of Tennessee, asserting that he would walk alone, to friends who offered to escort him to the statehouse, after postings of a placard saying he should be "shot on sight." (c.1862); as quoted in Andrew Johnson, President of the United States: His Life and Speeches (1866) by Lillian Foster.

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„In looking round we are struck with the power of the organisations we see, not with their want of power. Now and then, it is true, we are conscious that there is an inferior organisation, but, in general, just the contrary.“

—  Florence Nightingale English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing 1820 - 1910
Context: There is a physical, not moral, impossibility of supplying the wants of the intellect in the state of civilisation at which we have arrived. The stimulus, the training, the time, are all three wanting to us; or, in other words, the means and inducements are not there. Look at the poor lives we lead. It is a wonder that we are so good as we are, not that we are so bad. In looking round we are struck with the power of the organisations we see, not with their want of power. Now and then, it is true, we are conscious that there is an inferior organisation, but, in general, just the contrary.

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„I want a shot at redemption
Don’t want to end up a cartoon
In a cartoon graveyard.“

—  Paul Simon American musician, songwriter and producer 1941
Context: A man walks down the street He says why am I soft in the middle now Why am I soft in the middle The rest of my life is so hard I need a photo opportunity I want a shot at redemption Don’t want to end up a cartoon In a cartoon graveyard. You Can Call Me Al

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„We don’t want a dystopian future in which corporations and not democratically elected governments call the shots. We don’t want an international order akin to post-democracy or post-law.“

—  Alfred de Zayas American United Nations official 1947
UN calls for suspension of TTIP talks over fears of human rights abuses http://www.theguardian.com/global/2015/may/04/ttip-united-nations-human-right-secret-courts-multinationals.

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„Yes, of course you want every shot to be a duck-bird [a dead bird? ]“

—  Johannes Warnardus Bilders painter from the Northern Netherlands 1811 - 1890
version in original Dutch: Ja ja, gij zoudt wel willen dat ieder schot een eendvogel was. (wanneer een schilderij niet bevredigend eindigde) Quoted by Maria Bilders-van Bosse, in her letter to A.C. Loffelt, 23 June 1895; from an excerpt of this letter https://rkd.nl/nl/explore/excerpts/763 in RKD-Archive, The Hague his comment, when a painting was not good, at the end

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„It's hard to tune heavily tuned code.“

—  Larry Wall American computer programmer and author, creator of Perl 1954

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