In Crisis

Sunday, December 23, 2018 – In Crisis

The whole life of an American is passed like a game of chance, a revolutionary crisis, or a battle. ~ Alexis de Tocqueville

There cannot be a crisis today. My schedule is already full. ~ Henry Kissinger

A wise man who stands firm is a statesman; a foolish man who stands firm is a catastrophe. ~ Adlai E. Stevenson

The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear. ~ Antonio Gramsci, Prison Notebooks

My criticism of Hegel procedure is that when in his discussion he arrives at a contradiction, he construes it as a crisis in the universe. ~ Alfred North Whitehead

The advantage of a permanent emergency for the executive is that even trivial things can routinely be accomplished by the crisis presidency. If everything is an emergency, all power is emergency power. ~ Garry Wills

Get acquainted with your shadow, or find yourself surprised when a crisis emerges. ~ M. B. Dallocchio

A man has no more character than he can command in a time of crisis. ~ Ralph W. Sockman

Losing your head in a crisis is a good way to become the crisis. ~ C. J. Redwine

The crisis of today is the joke of tomorrow. ~ H. G. Wells

Try to relax and enjoy the crisis. ~ Ashleigh Brilliant

Any idiot can face a crisis – it’s this day-to-day living that wears you out. ~ Anton Chekhov

Even in crisis, people need entertainment. ~ Kenneth Eade

In the best of times, our days are numbered anyway. So it would be a crime against nature for any generation to take the world crisis so solemnly, that it put off enjoying those things for which we were designed in the first place: the opportunity to do good work, to enjoy friends, to fall in love, to hit a ball, and to bounce a baby. ~ Alistair Cooke

In prehistoric times, mankind often had only two choices in crisis situations: fight or flee. In modern times, humor offers us a third alternative; fight, flee – or laugh. ~ Robert Orben

In a crisis, don’t hide behind anything or anybody. They’re going to find you anyway. ~ Bear Bryant

We all live in a house on fire, no fire department to call; no way out, just the upstairs window to look out of while the fire burns the house down with us trapped, locked in it. ~ Tennessee Williams

I believe that in the history of art and of thought there has always been at every living moment of culture a “will to renewal.” This is not the prerogative of the last decade only. All history is nothing but a succession of “crises” – of rupture, repudiation and resistance. When there is no “crisis” there is stagnation, petrifaction and death. All thought, all art is aggressive. ~ Eugene Ionesco

My personal reaction to the crisis was to eat like a pig – anything and everything. ~ Anita Roddick

I think it’s only in a crisis that Americans see other people. It has to be an American crisis, of course. If two countries fight that do not supply the Americans with some precious commodity then the education of the public does not take place. But when the dictator falls, when the oil is threatened, then you turn on the television and they tell you where the country is, what the language is, how to pronounce the names of the leaders, what the religion is all about, and maybe you can cut out recipes in the newspaper of Persian dishes. ~ Don Delillo

When is a crisis reached? When questions arise that can’t be answered. ~ Ryszard Kapuscinski

Watch out for emergencies. They are your big chance. ~ Fritz Reiner

Every crisis offers you extra desired power. ~ William Moulton

Anything in history or nature that can be described as changing steadily can be seen as heading toward catastrophe. ~ Susan Sontag

Mistakes, scandals, and failures no longer signal catastrophe. The crucial thing is that they be made credible, and that the public be made aware of the efforts being expended in that direction. The “marketing” immunity of governments is similar to that of the major brands of washing powder. ~ Jean Baudrillard

If some great catastrophe is not announced every morning, we feel a certain void. Nothing in the paper today, we sigh. ~ John Emerich

The notion that one will not survive a particular catastrophe is, in general terms, a comfort, since it is equivalent to abolishing the catastrophe. ~ Iris Murdoch

The future is here. It’s just not widely distributed yet. ~ William Gibson

You are an explorer, and you represent our species, and the greatest good you can do is to bring back a new idea, because our world is endangered by the absence of good ideas. Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness. ~ Terence McKenna

At first sign of crisis, the ignorant don’t panic because they don’t know what’s going on, and then later they panic precisely because they don’t know what’s going on. ~ Jarod Kintz

When the times are a crucible, when the air is full of crisis, those who are the most themselves are the victims. ~ Gregory Maguire

The easiest period in a crisis situation is actually the battle itself. The most difficult is the period of indecision – whether to fight or run away. And the most dangerous period is the aftermath. It is then, with all his resources spent and his guard down, that an individual must watch out for dulled reactions and faulty judgment. ~ Richard M. Nixon

At every crisis the Kaiser crumpled. In defeat he fled; in revolution he abdicated; in exile he remarried. ~ Winston Churchill

My idea, as the whole world knows, is that the capitalist system now doesn’t work either for the United States or the world, driving it from crisis to crisis, which are each time more serious. ~ Fidel Castro

The follies that produced the loss of American virtue following Vietnam begin with continuous overreacting, in the invention of endangered national security, the invention of vital interest, the invention of a commitment which rapidly assumed a life of its own. ~ Barbara Tuchman

After a great blow, or crisis, after the first shock and then after the nerves have stopped screaming and twitching, you settle down to the new condition of things and feel that all possibility of change has been used up. You adjust yourself, and are sure that the new equilibrium is for eternity… But if anything is certain it is that no story is ever over, for the story which we think is over is only a chapter in a story which will not be over, and it isn’t the game that is over, it is just an inning, and that game has a lot more than nine innings. When the game stops it will be called on account of darkness. But it is a long day. ~ Robert Penn Warren, All the King’s Men