A society which allows an abominable event to burgeon from its dung heap and grow on its surface is like a man who lets a fly crawl unheeded across his face or saliva dribble from his mouth—either epileptic or dead.
—Jean Baudrillard (1929–2007) French Sociologist, Philosopher
Time is a river of passing events—a rushing torrent.
History is simply the version of past events that people have decided to agree on.
—Napoleon I (1769–1821) Emperor of France
Trust only movement. Life happens at the level of events, not of words. Trust movement.
—Alfred Adler (1870–1937) Austrian Psychiatrist
The wisest prophets make sure of the event first.
—Horace Walpole, 4th Earl of Orford (1717–97) English Art Historian, Man of Letters, Politician
An event has happened, upon which it is difficult to speak, and impossible to be silent.
—Edmund Burke (1729–97) British Philosopher, Statesman
The emotional brain responds to an event more quickly than the thinking brain.
—Daniel Goleman (b.1946) American Psychologist, Author, Science Journalist
Events follow one another like the days of the week.
There is little peace or comfort in life if we are always anxious as to future events.—He that worries himself with the dread of possible contingencies will never be at rest.
—Samuel Johnson (1709–84) British Essayist
Events of great consequence often spring from trifling circumstances.
—Livy (Titus Livius) (59 BCE–17 CE) Roman Historian
The enemy of the conventional wisdom is not ideas but the march of events.
—John Kenneth Galbraith (1908–2006) Canadian-Born American Economist
Like a kick in the butt, the force of events wakes slumberous talents.
—Edward Hoagland (b.1932) American Essayist, Novelist
One of the extraordinary things about human events is that the unthinkable becomes thinkable.
—Salman Rushdie (b.1947) Indian-born British Novelist
Even a minor event in the life of a child is an event of that child’s world and thus a world event.
—Gaston Bachelard (1884–1962) French Philosopher, Psychoanalyst, Poet
Consult duty, not events.
—Walter Savage Landor (1775–1864) English Writer, Poet
The great events of life often leave one unmoved; they pass out of consciousness, and, when one thinks of them, become unreal. Even the scarlet flowers of passion seem to grow in the same meadow as the poppies of oblivion.
—Oscar Wilde (1854–1900) Irish Poet, Playwright
A Miracle: An event described by those to whom it was told by men who did not see it.
—Elbert Hubbard (1856–1915) American Writer, Publisher, Artist, Philosopher
Winners make a habit of manufacturing their own positive expectations in advance of the event.
—Brian Tracy (b.1944) American Author, Motivational Speaker
It is easy to be wise after the event.
Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul.
—Thomas Merton (1915–68) American Trappist Monk
Great hearts steadily send forth the secret forces that incessantly draw great events.
—Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–82) American Philosopher
The causes of events are ever more interesting than the events themselves.
—Cicero (106BCE–43BCE) Roman Philosopher, Orator, Politician, Lawyer
Events will take their course, it is no good of being angry at them; he is happiest who wisely turns them to the best account.
—Euripides (480–406 BCE) Ancient Greek Dramatist
Events tend to recur in cycles…
—W. Clement Stone (1902–2002) American Self-help Guru, Entrepreneur
Let the motive be in the deed and not in the event. Be not one whose motive for action is the hope of reward.
—The Bhagavad Gita Hindu Scripture
That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future.
—Anatole France (1844–1924) French Novelist
When I can’t handle events, I let them handle themselves.
—Malcolm S. Forbes (1919–1990) American Publisher, Businessperson
In war, events of importance are the result of trivial causes.
—Julius Caesar (c.100–44BCE) Roman Statesman, Military General
In the world we live in everything militates in favor of things that have not yet happened, of things that will never happen again.
—Andre Breton (1896–1966) French Poet, Essayist, Critic
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
—Aristotle (384BCE–322BCE) Ancient Greek Philosopher, Scholar