„If every event which occurred could be given a name, there would be no need for stories.“

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„It is not easy to tear any event out of the context of the universe in which it occurred without detaching from it some factor that influenced it.“

—  Carroll Quigley American historian 1910 - 1977
The Evolution of Civilizations (1961) (Second Edition 1979), Chapter 1, Scientific Method and the Social Sciences, p. 35

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„Every process which arises from our physical being and is related to it, is an event which lies outside of our volition. Every social process, however, arises from human intentions and human goal setting and occurs within the limits of our volition.“

—  Rudolf Rocker, livro Nationalism and Culture
Nationalism and Culture (1937), Context: Every process which arises from our physical being and is related to it, is an event which lies outside of our volition. Every social process, however, arises from human intentions and human goal setting and occurs within the limits of our volition. Consequently, it is not subject to the concept of natural necessity. … We are here stating no prejudiced opinion, but merely an established fact. Every result of human purposiveness is of indisputable importance for man's social existence, but we should stop regarding social processes as deterministic manifestations of a necessary course of events. Such a view can only lead to the most erroneous conclusions and contribute to a fatal confusion in our understanding of historical events. It is doubtless the task of the historian to trace the inner connection of historical events and to make clear their causes and effects, but he must not forget that these connections are of a sort quite different from those of natural physical events and must therefore have quite a different valuation. Ch. 1 "The Insufficiency of Economic Materialism"

„The unexpressed aim of every politician is to influence events that history books will record his name - and spell it right.“

—  Judy LaMarsh Canadian politician, writer, broadcaster and barrister. 1924 - 1980
Memoirs Of A Bird In A Gilded Cage (1969), CHAPTER 8, Centennial summer, p. 174

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„I repeat that the adoption of the fifteenth amendment to the Constitution completes the greatest civil change and constitutes the most important event that has occurred since the nation came into life. The change will be beneficial in proportion to the heed that is given to the urgent recommendations of Washington.“

—  Ulysses S. Grant 18th President of the United States 1822 - 1885
1870s, Message to the Senate and House of Representatives (1870), Context: In his first annual message to Congress the same views are forcibly presented, and are again urged in his eighth message. I repeat that the adoption of the fifteenth amendment to the Constitution completes the greatest civil change and constitutes the most important event that has occurred since the nation came into life. The change will be beneficial in proportion to the heed that is given to the urgent recommendations of Washington. If these recommendations were important then, with a population of but a few millions, how much more important now, with a population of 40,000,000, and increasing in a rapid ratio.

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„We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur.“

—  Dan Quayle American politician, lawyer 1947
Cited to the Cleveland Plain Dealer (27 September 1990)

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„If two events are to be represented as occurring in succession, then—paradoxically—they must also be thought of simultaneously.“

—  Gerald James Whitrow British mathematician 1912 - 2000
Context: Our conscious appreciation of the fact that one event follows another is of a different kind from our awareness of either event separately. If two events are to be represented as occurring in succession, then—paradoxically—they must also be thought of simultaneously. As quoted by Max Jammer, Concepts of Simultaneity: From Antiquity to Einstein and Beyond (2008)

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„All that is needed is direction, which could be given by men of far lower gifts than a Bonaparte. In a word, you want a Power-House, and then the age of miracles will begin“

—  John Buchan, livro The Power-House
The Power-House (1916), Context: "It would scarcely be destruction," he replied gently. "Let us call it iconoclasm, the swallowing of formulas, which has always had its full retinue of idealists. And you do not want a Napoleon. All that is needed is direction, which could be given by men of far lower gifts than a Bonaparte. In a word, you want a Power-House, and then the age of miracles will begin." Ch. 3 "Tells of a Midsummer Night"

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