„Patience is power.
Patience is not an absence of action;
rather it is "timing"
it waits on the right time to act,
for the right principles
and in the right way.“
— Fulton J. Sheen Catholic bishop and television presenter 1895 - 1979
— Ai Weiwei Chinese concept artist 1957
„It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.“
— Sun Tzu ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher from the Zhou Dynasty -543 - 251 a.C.
Variant translations If you know others and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know others but know yourself, you win one and lose one; if you do not know others and do not know yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle. Know your enemy and know yourself, find naught in fear for 100 battles. Know yourself but not your enemy, find level of loss and victory. Know thy enemy but not yourself, wallow in defeat every time. Literal translation: Know [the] other, know [the] self, hundred battles without danger; not knowing [the] other but know [the] self, one win one loss; not knowing [the] other, not knowing [the] self, every battle must [be] lost.
„Do not count the days, do not count the miles. Count only the Germans you have killed. Kill the German - this is your old mother's prayer. Kill the German - this is what your children beseech you to do. Kill the German - this is the cry of your Russian earth. Do not waver. Do not let up. Kill.“
— Ilya Ehrenburg Russian-Soviet writer and poet 1891 - 1967
„If, while at the piano, you attempt to form little melodies, that is very well; but if they come into your mind of themselves, when you are not practising, you may be still more pleased; for the internal organ of music is then roused in you. The fingers must do what the head desires; not the contrary.“
— Robert Schumann German composer, aesthete and influential music critic 1810 - 1856
— Mary Oliver American writer 1935
„A good idea will keep you awake during the morning, but a great idea will keep you awake during the night.“
— Marilyn vos Savant US American magazine columnist, author and lecturer 1946
As quoted in What Type Am I? : Discover Who You Really Are (1998) by Renee Baron, p. 110
— Stephen Fry English comedian, actor, writer, presenter, and activist 1957