„In an infinite Universe anything can happen.“

—  Douglas Adams, buch The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Quelle: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Letzte Aktualisierung 12. Februar 2022. Geschichte
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britischer Schriftsteller 1952 - 2001

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„In a universe the size of ours almost anything that can happen, will.“

—  Larry Niven American writer 1938

There Is a Tide (p. 201)
Short fiction, Tales of Known Space (1975)

„… in an infinite universe, anything that could be imagined might somewhere exist.“

—  Dean Koontz, buch Dead and Alive

Quelle: Dead and Alive

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John Cage Foto

„The world is teeming; anything can happen.“

—  John Cage, buch Silence: Lectures and Writings

Quelle: Silence: Lectures and Writings

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„Anything can happen in the sport of boxing.“

—  Floyd Mayweather Jr. American boxer 1977

2010s, 2015, Interview with Jim Gray (September 2015)

Ian McEwan Foto

„When anything can happen, everything matters.“

—  Ian McEwan, Saturday

Quelle: Saturday

Michel Houellebecq Foto

„Anything can happen in life, especially nothing.“

—  Michel Houellebecq, buch Plattform

Quelle: Platform

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„The Universe is one, infinite, immobile.“

—  Giordano Bruno Italian philosopher, mathematician and astronomer 1548 - 1600

As translated by Paul Harrison <!-- Fifth dialogue ?-->
Cause, Principle, and Unity (1584)
Kontext: The Universe is one, infinite, immobile. The absolute potential is one, the act is one, the form or soul is one, the material or body is one, the thing is one, the being in one, one is the maximum and the best... It is not generated, because there is no other being it could desire or hope for, since it comprises all being. It does not grow corrupt. because there is nothing else into which it could change, given that it is itself all things. It cannot diminish or grow, since it is infinite.

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Charlie Sifford Foto

„If you try hard enough, anything can happen.“

—  Charlie Sifford professional golfer 1922 - 2015

After winning the Greater Hartford Open, Charlie Sifford, Who Shattered a Barrier of Race in Golf, Dies at 92 https://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/05/sports/golf/charlie-sifford-first-black-player-on-pga-tour-dies-at-92.html by New York Times

„In the universe there is room for an infinite series of beginnings.“

—  Celia Green British philosopher 1935

Advice to Clever Children (1981)

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„Two things are infinite: the universe and the human stupidity.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

As discussed in this entry from The Quote Investigator http://quoteinvestigator.com/2010/05/04/universe-einstein/#more-173, the earliest published attribution of a similar quote to Einstein seems to have been in Gestalt therapist Frederick S. Perls' 1969 book Gestalt Theory Verbatim, where he wrote on p. 33: "As Albert Einstein once said to me: 'Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity.' But what is much more widespread than the actual stupidity is the playing stupid, turning off your ear, not listening, not seeing." Perls also offered another variant in his 1972 book In and Out the Garbage Pail, where he mentioned a meeting with Einstein and on p. 52 http://books.google.com/books?id=HuxFAAAAYAAJ&q=human+stupidity#search_anchor quoted him saying: "Two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not yet completely sure about the universe." However, Perls had given yet another variant of this quote in an earlier book, Ego, Hunger, and Aggression: a Revision of Freud’s Theory and Method (originally published 1942, although the Quote Investigator only checked that the quote appeared in the 1947 edition), where he attributed it not to Einstein but to a "great astronomer", writing: "As modern times promote hasty eating to a large extent, it is not surprising to learn that a great astronomer said: 'Two things are infinite, as far as we know – the universe and human stupidity.' To-day we know that this statement is not quite correct. Einstein has proved that the universe is limited." So, the later attributions in 1969 and 1972 may have been a case of faulty memory, or of intentionally trying to increase the authority of the quote by attributing it to Einstein. The quote itself may be a variant of a similar quote attributed even earlier to the philosopher Ernest Renan, found for example in The Public: Volume 18 from 1915, which says on p. 1126 http://books.google.com/books?id=cTPmAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA1126#v=onepage&q&f=false: "He quotes the saying of Renan: it isn't the stars that give him an idea of infinity; it is man's stupidity." (Other examples of similar attributions to Renan can be found on this Google Books search http://www.google.com/search?q=renan+infinity+stupidity&btnG=Search+Books&tbm=bks&tbo=1.) Renan was French so this is presumably intended as a translation, but different sources give different versions of the supposed original French quote, such as "La bêtise humaine est la seule chose qui donne une idée de l'infini" (found for example in Réflexions sur la vie, 1895-1898 by Remy de Gourmont from 1903, p. 103 http://books.google.com/books?id=RtrtAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA103#v=onepage&q&f=false, along with several other early sources as seen in this search http://www.google.com/search?q=%22humaine+est+la+seule+chose+qui%22+renan&btnG=Search+Books&tbm=bks&tbo=1) and "Ce n'est pas l'immensité de la voûte étoilée qui peut donner le plus complétement l'idée de l'infini, mais bien la bêtise humaine!" (found in Broad views, Volume 2 from 1904, p. 465 http://books.google.com/books?id=9NEaAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA465#v=onepage&q&f=false). Since these variants have not been found in Renan's own writings, they may represent false attributions as well. They may also be variants of an even older saying; for example, the 1880 book Des vers by Guy de Maupassant includes on p. 9 http://books.google.com/books?id=cQUvAAAAMAAJ&pg=PP21#v=onepage&q&f=false a quote from a letter (dated February 19, 1880) by Gustave Flaubert where Flaubert writes "Cependant, qui sait? La terre a des limites, mais la bêtise humaine est infinie!" which translates to "But who knows? The earth has its boundaries, but human stupidity is infinite!" Similarly the 1887 book Melanges by Jules-Paul Tardivel includes on p. 273 http://books.google.com/books?id=n9cOAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA273#v=onepage&q&f=false a piece said to have been written in 1880 in which he writes "Aujourd'hui je sais qu'il n'y a pas de limites à la bêtise humaine, qu'elle est infinie" which translates to "today I know that there is no limit to human stupidity, it is infinite."
Variante: "Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former." Earliest version located is in Technocracy digest: Issues 287–314 from 1988, p. 76 http://books.google.com/books?id=L7LnAAAAMAAJ&q=%22sure+about+the+former%22#search_anchor. Translated to German as: "Zwei Dinge sind unendlich: das Universum und die menschliche Dummheit. Aber beim Universum bin ich mir nicht ganz sicher." (Earliest version located is Arndt-Michael Meyer, Die Macht der Kürze, Books on Demand GmbH, 2004, p. 14 http://books.google.gr/books?id=12DW-RBKTW8C&pg=PA14&dq=%22Zwei+Dinge+sind+unendlich:+das+Universum+und+die+menschliche+%22+arnd&hl=en&sa=X&ei=gquJUsrYBomM7AapmYGgCQ&ved=0CC8Q6wEwAA#v=onepage&q=%22Zwei%20Dinge%20sind%20unendlich%3A%20das%20Universum%20und%20die%20menschliche%20%22%20arnd&f=false.)
Variante: Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure about the former.

Anthony Watts Foto

„"Global warming" suggests a steady linear increase in temperature, but since that isn't happening, proponents have shifted to the more universal term "climate change," which can be liberally applied to just about anything observable in the atmosphere.“

—  Anthony Watts American television meteorologist 1958

Climate Change without Catastrophe: Interview with Anthony Watts http://oilprice.com/Interviews/Climate-Change-without-Catastrophe-Interview-with-Anthony-Watts.html, oilprice.com, 11 March, 2013.

Ai Weiwei Foto

„The art always wins. Anything can happen to me, but the art will stay.“

—  Ai Weiwei Chinese concept artist 1957

“ Ai Weiwei: Artistic Licence http://www.economist.com/node/21554178.” Economist, May 5, 2012.
2010-, 2012

„In an infinite universe, every point in space-time is the center.“

—  David Zindell American writer 1952

Quelle: War in Heaven (1998), p. 537

Mark Z. Danielewski Foto

„Physics depends on a universe infinitely centred on an equals sign.“

—  Mark Z. Danielewski, buch House of Leaves

Quelle: House of Leaves

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„The universe is made of our thoughts. Our thoughts are infinite.“

—  Lorin Morgan-Richards American poet, cartoonist, and children's writer 1975

Excerpt from the poem Celestial Son in the book Dark Letter Days: Collected Works (2016) by Lorin Morgan-Richards.

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