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NapoleonTo understand the man you have to know what was happening in the world when he was twenty.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

NapoleonThe greater the man, the less is he opinionative, he depends upon events and circumstances.

—  Napoleon, 1769-1821, French Emperor

Arthur SchopenhauerThe business of the novelist is not to relate great events, but to make small ones interesting.

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, 1788-1860, German philosopher

Vladimir LeninThere are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.

—  Vladimir Lenin, 1870-1924, Soviet revolutionary & leader

TalleyrandThis is not an event, it is a piece of news.

—  Talleyrand, 1754-1838, French statesman & diplomat

John KennedyThings do not happen. Things are made to happen.

—  John Kennedy, 1917-1963, American President [1961-1963]

Albert CamusIf something is going to happen to me, I want to be there.

—  Albert Camus, 1913-1960, French writer, Nobel 1957

Carl SandburgWe can never possibly know what is about to happen: it is happening, each time, for the first time, for the only time.

—  Carl Sandburg, 1878-1967, American poet

T. S. EliotPeople to whom nothing has ever happened cannot understand the unimportance of events.

—  T. S. Eliot, 1888-1965, British poet, Nobel 1948

Harry TrumanA president either is constantly on top of events or, if he hesitates, events will soon be on top of him. I never felt that I could let up for a moment.

—  Harry Truman, 1884-1972, American President [1945-1953]

Benjamin DisraeliWhat we anticipate seldom occurs; what we least expected generally happens.

—  Benjamin Disraeli, 1804-1881, British Prime Minister










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