„I thought I was in love
A couple of times before
With the girl next door.
But that was long before I met you.
Now I'm sure that I won't forget you.
And I thank my lucky stars
That you are who you are.
And not just another lovely lady
Sent down to break my heart.“
— James Taylor American singer-songwriter and guitarist 1948
Song lyrics, JT (1977), "Your Smiling Face"
„So many times it seemed like there were chances to stop things before they started. Or even stop them in midstream. But it was even worse when you knew in that very moment that there was still time to save yourself, and yet you couldn't even budge.“
— Sarah Dessen, buch This Lullaby
„It did not seem at all improbable to McCulloch now. The infinite fullness of time brings about everything, he thought: even intelligent lobsters, even a divine octopus.“
— Robert Silverberg American speculative fiction writer and editor 1935
Short fiction, Homefaring (1983)
„Practically speaking, if timesaving devices really saved time, there would be more time available to us now than ever before in history. But, strangely enough, we seem to have less time than even a few years ago. It's really great fun to go someplace where there are no timesaving devices because, when you do, you find that you have lots of time. Elsewhere, you're too busy working to pay for machines to save you time so you won't have to work so hard.“
— Benjamin Hoff, buch The Tao of Pooh
The Tao of Pooh (1982), Bisy Backson.
— Стив Гудман American folk music singer-songwriter 1948 - 1984
— William Faulkner, buch Intruder in the Dust
„There are people who have the ability to wake up a minute or even seconds before their alarm goes off or to know what time they’ve woken up without even looking at a clock. Now, thank God, I don’t have to get up in the mornings but the potential of the body to keep such accurate time is remarkable.“
— Derren Brown British illusionist 1971
TV Series and Specials (Includes DVDs), Trick of the Mind (2004–2006)
„Systems Are Seductive. They promise to do a hard job faster, better, and more easily than you could do it by yourself. But if you set up a system, you are likely to find your time and effort now being consumed in the care and feeding of the system itself. New problems are created by its very presence. Once set up, it won't go away, it grows and encroaches. It begins to do strange and wonderful things. Breaks down in ways you never thought possible. It kicks back, gets in the way, and opposes its own proper function. Your own perspective becomes distorted by being in the system. You become anxious and push on it to make it work. Eventually you come to believe that the misbegotten product it so grudgingly delivers is what you really wanted all the time. At that point encroachment has become complete. You have become absorbed. You are now a systems person.“
— John Gall American physician 1925 - 2014
General systemantics, an essay on how systems work, and especially how they fail..., 1975, p. 90 as cited in: Robert B. Seidensticker (2006) Future Hype: The Myths of Technology Change. p. 45
„Christians… get Christmas under control. Seriously. It won't stop! It doesn't stop, does it? It's always Christmas now! Make it the whole year! It's the only time you pricks are happy!“
— Lewis Black American stand-up comedian, author, playwright, social critic and actor 1948
Last Laugh ‘06 (2006)
„We hated Bauhaus. It was a bad time in architecture. They just didn’t have any talent. All they had were rules. Even for knives and forks they created rules. Picasso would never have accepted rules. The house is like a machine? No! The mechanical is ugly. The rule is the worst thing. You just want to break it.“
— Oscar Niemeyer Brazilian architect 1907 - 2012
Quoted in "Why Oscar Niemeyer is king of curves," Tom Dyckhoff, The Times Online (London, 2007-12-12).
„Stop thinking of what you intend to do. Stop thinking of what you have just done. Then, stop thinking that you have stopped thinking of those things. Then you will find the Now, the time that stretches eternal, and is really the only time there is.“
— Robin Hobb, buch Royal Assassin
„They say that even the brightest star won't shine forever. But in fact, the brightest star would live the shortest amount of time. Feel free to extract whatever life lesson you want from that.“
— Philip Plait, Death from the Skies!: These Are the Ways the World Will End...
Death from the Skies! (2008), p. 75-76
„Most of the time you don't even know they're there. Now, that's the scary thing. It's really strange and invading, but I'm still working it all out. I try to not let it bother me. And if I want to swim naked in my pool, I'm still going to do it. I certainly don't want to feel that I have to change everything in my life that I do to cater to them. I just won't let it happen.“
— Heath Ledger Australian actor 1979 - 2008
Speaking on his problems with the paparazzi, as quoted in the National Post (May 2001).
„I should've died a hundred thousand times,Teetering stoned off the side of a building.Nobody loved me and nobody even triedYou can't hang on to something that won't stop moving.Singing and dancing to them nighttime songs.“
— Ryan Adams American alt-country/rock singer-songwriter 1974
29 (2005), 29
„Yes, what I am to be everlastingly, I am growing to be now — now in this present time so little thought of, this time which the sun rises and sets in, and the clock strikes in, and I wake and sleep in.“
— William Mountford English Unitarian preacher and author 1816 - 1885
Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), P. 210.