„Moderate Republicans are reverse Houdinis. They tie themselves up in knots and then tell you they can't do anything because they're tied up in knots.“

Quoted in Dionne, E. J., The Washington Post, (16 November 2004)]

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„When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.“

—  Franklin D. Roosevelt 32nd President of the United States 1882 - 1945

The earliest citation yet found does not attribute this to Roosevelt, but presents it as a piece of anonymous piece folk-wisdom: "When one reaches the end of his rope, he should tie a knot in it and hang on" ( LIFE magazine (3 April 1919), p. 585 http://hdl.handle.net/2027/wu.89063018576?urlappend=%3Bseq=65).
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Variante: When you come to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on.

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„Counterfeit philosophies have polluted all of your thoughts; Karl Marx has got you by the throat, and Henry Kissinger's got you tied up into knots.“

—  Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941

Song lyrics, Slow Train Coming (1979), When You Gonna Wake Up

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„When you're at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hold on.“

—  Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919

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„You are seeking a knot in a bulrush.“

—  Plautus, Menaechmi

Menæchmi, Act II, sc. 1, line 22; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919). A proverbial expression implying a desire to create doubts and difficulties where there really were none. It occurs in Terence, the "Andria", act v. sc. 4, 38; also in Ennius, "Saturæ", 46.
Menaechmi (The Brothers Menaechmus)

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„Philosophy unravels the knots in our thinking; hence its results must be simple, but its activity is as complicated as the knots that it unravels.“

—  Ludwig Wittgenstein Austrian-British philosopher 1889 - 1951

Quelle: 1930s-1951, Philosophical Occasions 1912-1951 (1993), Ch. 9 : Philosophy, p. 183

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