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1. "And trust dies from ifs and buts"
Author: Aidan Chambers
2. "We would never have met," he explained, voice dropping to a husky note. "I would have gone about my life and not thought I was missing anything. You would have – you would have painted obsessively, all those transformative images, and I would be someone unimagined and unknown, and I cannot decide whether it would be trite to call that a tragedy or if I should resent you for making this – all this death – somehow bearable, tolerable for the tenuous joy I have gained. You steal my anger and leave me dazed."He stopped, took a shaking breath, then laughed."I sound like Pan's understudy, failing to channel Shakespeare. There's no way to do more than guess what would have happened if Fisher Charteris and Madeleine Cost met one day in a world which had never feared dust, any more than we can be certain of surviving two years, or two days. I can't speak to what-ifs, but I know I will always be glad to have been here in this moment with you."
Author: Andrea K. Höst
3. "Greed is supported by an endless cast of what-ifs. Greedy people can never have enough to satisfy the need they feel in light of every conceivable eventuality."
Author: Andy Stanley
4. "Les points d'alimentationPowerpointsthat discuss power pointsand targets of softtargets Sweet Açaífell in love with GrapefruitPaint my skin with honeyactivate the points of powerpowerpointsque discuterles points d'alimentationet les objectifs de mouobjectifsacai douxtombé en amour avecpamplemoussePeindre ma peau avec du mielactiver les points de puissance"
Author: Antonia Perdu
5. "I'm trained as an architect; writing is like architecture. In buildings, there are design motifs that occur again and again, that repeat -- patterns, curves. These motifs help us feel comfortable in a physical space. And the same works in writing, I've found. For me, the way words, punctuation and paragraphs fall on the page is important as well -- the graphic design of the language. That was why the words and thoughts of Estha and Rahel, the twins, were so playful on the page ... I was being creative with their design. Words were broken apart, and then sometimes fused together. "Later" became "Lay. Ter." "An owl" became "A Nowl." "Sour metal smell" became "sourmetal smell."Repetition I love, and used because it made me feel safe. Repeated words and phrases have a rocking feeling, like a lullaby. They help take away the shock of the plot -- death, lives destroyed or the horror of the settings -- a crazy, chaotic, emotional house, the sinister movie theater."
Author: Arundhati Roy
6. "When the stories were over, four or five of us walked out the home of our host. The surrounding land, in the persistent light of a far northern summer, was still visible for miles--striated, pitched massifs of the Brooks Range; the shy, willow-lined banks of the John River flowing south from Anaktuvuk Pass; and the flat tundra plain, opening with great affirmation to the north. The landscape seemed alive because of the stories. It was precisely these ocherous tones, the kind of willow, exactly this austerity that had informed the wolverine narratives. I felt exhilaration, and a deeper confirmation of what I had heard. The mundane task that awaited me I anticipated now with pleasure. The stories had renewed in me a sense of the purpose of my life."
Author: Barry López
7. "My message, unchanged for more than fifty years, is this: God loves you unconditionally, as you are and not as you should be, because nobody is as they should be. It is the message of grace…A grace that pays the eager beaver who works all day long the same wages as the grinning drunk who shows up at ten till five…A grace that hikes up the robe and runs breakneck toward the prodigal reeking of sin and wraps him up and decides to throw a party no ifs, ands, or buts…This grace is indiscriminate compassion. It works without asking anything of us…Grace is sufficient even though we huff and puff with all our might to try to find something or someone it cannot cover. Grace is enough…Jesus is enough."
Author: Brennan Manning
8. "The Lawyers Know Too Much THE LAWYERS, Bob, know too much.They are chums of the books of old John Marshall.They know it all, what a dead hand wrote,A stiff dead hand and its knuckles crumbling,The bones of the fingers a thin white ash. The lawyers know a dead man's thoughts too well.In the heels of the higgling lawyers, Bob,Too many slippery ifs and buts and howevers,Too much hereinbefore provided whereas,Too many doors to go in and out of.When the lawyers are throughWhat is there left, Bob?Can a mouse nibble at itAnd find enough to fasten a tooth in?Why is there always a secret singingWhen a lawyer cashes in?Why does a hearse horse snickerHauling a lawyer away?The work of a bricklayer goes to the blue.The knack of a mason outlasts a moon.The hands of a plasterer hold a room together.The land of a farmer wishes him back again. Singers of songs and dreamers of plays Build a house no wind blows over.The lawyers—tell me why a hearse horse snickers hauling a lawyer's bones."
Author: Carl Sandburg
9. "Poetry aside, a religion is really a moral code, that is expressed through legends, myths, or any type of literary device in order to establish a system of belifs, values, and rules with which to regulate a culture or a society."
Author: Carlos Ruiz Zafón
10. "[…] detective novels are not novels of detection, still less of revelation, still less of solution. Those are all necessary, but not only are they insufficient, but they are in certain ways regrettable. These are novels of potentiality. Quantum narratives. Their power isn't in their final acts, but in the profusion of superpositions before them, the could-bes, what-ifs and never-knows. Until that final chapter, each of those is as real and true as all the others, jostling realities all dreamed up by the crime, none trapped in vulgar facticity. That's why the most important sentence in a murder mystery isn't the one starting ‘The murderer is…' – which no matter how necessary and fabulously executed is an act of unspeakable narrative winnowing – but is the snarled expostulation halfway through: ‘Everyone's a suspect.' Quite. When all those suspects become one certainty, it's a collapse, and a let-down. How can it not be? We've been banished from an Eden of oscillation."
Author: China Miéville
11. "Like many Waifs, Angela never learned to nourish herself emotionally, and suffered from an eating disorder. She simply could not take in or tolerate good feelings. She had to reject what she needed in order to protect herself from disappointment. She could not lose what she did not have."
Author: Christine Ann Lawson
12. "Or, I could just sit in the bushes and pump the hand pumpuntil the plumbing was superpressurized to 110 psi. This way, whensomeone goes to flush a toilet, the toilet tank will explode. At 150 psi, ifsomeone turns on the shower, the water pressure will blow off the showerhead, strip the threads, blam, the shower head turns into a mortar shell.Tyler only says this to make me feel better. The truth is I like my boss.Besides, I'm enlightened now. You know, only Buddha-style behavior."
Author: Chuck Palahniuk
13. "There are no 'ifs' in combat. When you win, you win, When you lose, you lose."
Author: CLAMP
14. "(...) l'orientalisme américain d'aujourd'hui est issu des écoles de langues de l'armée installées pendant et après la guerre, de l'intérêt soudain porté par le gouvernement et par certains groupements corporatifs au monde non occidental pendant l'après-guerre, de la compétition avec l'URSS pendant la période de la guerre froide, et d'un reste d'attitude missionnaire à l'égard d'Orientaux considérés comme mûrs pour être réformés et rééduqués."
Author: Edward W. Said
15. "Sen daha bunlari bilmeyecek kadar toysun ama bir adamin aski mizacinin davamidir, evlat. Yani erkek kavgaci ise sevdasi da kavgalarla dolu olur. Kendine hep düsmanlar bulur. Sakin ve nazik ise sevdasi merhem gibi, bal gibidir. Eger kendisine acirsa ve zayifsa, aski da un ufak olup dagilir. Yok, eger neserli bir herifse sevdasi da senlikli olur."
Author: Elif Shafak
16. "But if I've done something wrong there's no "ifs" and "buts"Cause I love you just as much as I hate your guts"
Author: Elvis Costello
17. "If every hero stopped to think about all the what-ifs in his path, none of us would ever take one step beyond our own doorways."
Author: Esther M. Friesner
18. "You made quite an impression on the old man, by the way.""You mean Uncle Yuri?""He said he'd marry you. If you weren't related. And if he were fifty years younger. Et cetera. Et cetera.""That a lot of very important 'ifs', Jacks."
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
19. "D.H. Lawrence had the impression – that psychoanalysis was shutting sexuality up in a bizarre sort of box painted with bourgeois motifs, in a kind of rather repugnant artificial triangle, thereby stifling the whole of sexuality as a production of desire so as to recast it along entirely different lines, making of it a ‘dirty little secret', a dirty little family secret, a private theater rather than the fantastic factory of nature and production"
Author: Gilles Deleuze
20. "The marriage of reason and nightmare that dominated the 20th century has given birth to an ever more ambiguous world. Across the communications landscape move the spectres of sinister technologies and the dreams that money can buy. Thermo-nuclear weapons systems and soft-drink commercials coexist in an overlit realm ruled by advertising and pseudo-events, science and pornography. Over our lives preside the great twin leitmotifs of the 20th century – sex and paranoia…In a sense, pornography is the most political form of fiction, dealing with how we use and exploit each other, in the most urgent and ruthless way."
Author: J.G. Ballard
21. "Nous, les êtres humains, somme ce que nous avons été pendant des millions d'années, colossalement avides, envieux, agressifs, jaloux, angoissés et désespérés, avec d'occasionnels éclairs de joie et d'amour. Nous sommes une étrange mixture de haine, de peur et de gentillesse ; nous sommes à la fois violents et en paix. Il y a eu un progrès extérieur depuis le char à boeufs jusqu'à l'avion à réaction, mais psychologiquement l'individu n'a pas du tout changé et c'est l'individu qui, dans le monde entier, a créé les structures des sociétés. Les structures sociales extérieures sont les résultantes des structures intérieures, psychologiques, qui constituent nos relations humaines, car l'individu est le résultat de l'expérience totale de l'homme, de sa connaissance et de son comportement. Chacun de nous est l'entrepôt de tout le passé. L'individu est l'humain qui est toute l'humanité. L'histoire entière de l'homme est écrite en nous-mêmes."
Author: Jiddu Krishnamurti
22. "If, Your Highness, is a word that will steal your soul. Do not waste your thoughts on ifs. What is done is done. Look to the future."
Author: Jill Williamson
23. "Life was what happened when all the what-ifs didn't."
Author: Jodi Picoult
24. "The Lord did not bless us with any children of our own, so we gathered up little waifs whom we thought would be neglected and would not be cared for unless we brought them into our family."
Author: John Harvey Kellogg
25. "Life is full of what-ifs, many of which could easily have been realities, had just a few things been different."
Author: Julian Baggini
26. "Raffy has this magical, abracadabrical ability to transform all his "ifs" into "whens"."
Author: Karen Russell
27. "Your boys okay?""Tired, edgy, but giving it all they've got. One of ‘em has sworn to get Vau, another is having a love affair with a woman he shouldn't even look at, I'm collecting waifs and strays like an animal shelter, and we nearly killed a treasury agent. But if I told you the really bad stuff, you'd think I have problems."
Author: Karen Traviss
28. "History is all about 'what ifs"
Author: Kate Atkinson
29. "Adventure is about what we do; not what we plan, strategize or dream about. Adventure begins with "what ifs" and "why nots." "What if I were to step out to chase that dream? Why not take the first steps and see what happens? When we step through the doorway of adventure our life is suddenly worth the living. And we experience life as it was meant to be."
Author: Kevin E. Beasley
30. "Les dispositifs et les ordres les mieux combinés, les plus profondément médités, semblent très mauvais et n'importe quel savant tacticien les critique d'un air entendu quand ils n'ont pas donné la victoire; les pires dispositifs, les mesures les plus contestables paraissent excellents, et des gens sérieux consacrent des volumes à prouver leurs mérites, quand le gain de la bataille s'en est suivi.(Guerre et Paix, livre troisième, 1ère partie, ch. XXVIII)"
Author: Leo Tolstoy
31. "They just change. Their body changes. Their abilities - the things they do that make them who they are - leave, sometimes temporarily, sometimes forever. Every day they wake up with that big what if?And nothing is scarier than a life filled with what ifs - living by day without predictability and control. Some people end up losing feeling. Some have uncontrollable spasms. Some can't function. Some end up blind or in a wheelchair. Some end up bedridden and paralyzed.It's hard to know who "some people" will be."
Author: Lindsey Leavitt
32. "If! If! If There were so many ifs in life, never any certainty of anything, never any security..."
Author: Margaret Mitchell
33. "I think that public service is tough on a family - no ifs, ands, buts about it. I have my own personal wishes, but they're not always front and center."
Author: Maria Shriver
34. "Les accélérateurs de particules mutilent le sol et laissent des déchets radioactifs. Les astronautes abandonnent des détritus sur la lune. Il y a toujours une preuve de passage des scientifiques pendant qu'ils faisaient leurs découvertes. Toute découverte est un viol du monde naturel." -Ian Malcom"
Author: Michael Crichton
35. "...There are no ‘what ifs.' You have to jump in. You go in all the way or back off completely. Take her in with all that you've got or cut her loose."
Author: Michele L. Rivera
36. "There is no roles. No one is keeping any roles. The drummer is also answering everybody and everything. So it is a constant conversation and communication between musicians on an extremely high level with extremely valuable material, motifs, and melodies."
Author: Miroslav Vitous
37. "Without ifs & buts, I've had to dispense with a lot of my luxuries since I realized their fake existence."
Author: Moutasem Algharati
38. "Le pays est devenue un territoire où les mathématiques ressemblent un jeu d'enfants: les actifs additionnent et les retraités soustraient."
Author: Núria Añó
39. "When the spent sun throws up its rays on cloudAnd goes down burning into the gulf below,No voice in nature is heard to cry aloudAt what has happened. Birds, at least must knowIt is the change to darkness in the sky.Murmuring something quiet in her breast,One bird begins to close a faded eye;Or overtaken too far from his nest,Hurrying low above the grove, some waifSwoops just in time to his remembered tree.At most he thinks or twitters softly, 'Safe!Now let the night be dark for all of me.Let the night be too dark for me to seeInto the future. Let what will be, be."
Author: Robert Frost
40. "Just be careful of the what-ifs," she warns. They'll tumble in your head like laundry that won't dry."
Author: Rodney Ross
41. "You see, the what ifs are as boundless as the stars."
Author: Sally Gardner
42. "There are no ifs and buts in life. If they exist in life, then we are living in coincidence."
Author: Santosh Kalwar
43. "Only worry about what you absolutely know about,' Mr. Worthington said to me, putting my mind back where it belonged. 'That's the key. Worrying about anything else is just a waste of time and emotion. I know that seems obvious but honestly, the more information you have, the less your imagination can run away with you so the secret is to find out as much as you can about what your particular problem is....and you'll be amazed at how this simplifies things. You no longer have to worry about the what ifs."
Author: Sarah Kate Lynch
44. "Brie! Do Beyonce or Christina or whichever lame MTV diva you're mostly admiring this week waste their time with what-ifs? No, they spend all their energy on looking fabulous and cutting down any bitch that dares get in their way.-Charlie"
Author: Sarra Manning
45. "Disposons donc notre esprit à prendre en gré tout ce qui arrivera, et surtout que la pensée de notre fin ne nous afflige pas. Il faut faire ses préparatifs pour la mort avant que de songer aux provisions pour la vie"
Author: Seneca
46. "Yeah, well, if ifs and buts were candy and nuts, then we'd never go hungry. (Syn)"
Author: Sherrilyn Kenyon
47. "Love? It's when you don't give a thought to all the ifs and want-to's in the world. It's when if all the fires of hell were between you, you'd walk in them gladly to be with him, and sing with joy at your own burnin' if only his kiss was on your mouth."
Author: Stephanie Kallos
48. "Tout le monde voulait être dans le coup ce jour-là. Car, ce jour-là, on allait écrire l'Histoire avec un grand H. Il y avait eu un ghetto à Cracovie pendant plus de sept siècles, et voici qu'à la fin de la journée, ou au plus tard le lendemein, ces sept siècles ne seraient plus qu'une rumeur, et Cracovie serait enfin fiduciare (débarrassée des juifs)."
Author: Thomas Keneally
49. "Il eut même le temps de comparer les mérites respectifs de l'une et de l'autre et de faire ce choix sans conséquence pratique que font presque toujours les hommes en regardant les femmes. Darenski, qui cherchait à mettre la main sur le commandant de l'armée, qui se demandait si celui-ci lui donnerait les chiffres dont il avait besoin, qui se demandait où il pourrait trouver à manger et à dormir, qui aurait aimé savoir si la division où il devait se rendre n'était pas trop éloignée et si la route qui y menait n'était pas trop mauvaise, Darenski, donc, eut le temps de se dire pour la forme (mais quand même pas seulement pour la forme): 'Celle-là!' Et il advint qu'il n'alla pas chez le chef de l'état-major mais resta à jouer aux cartes."
Author: Vasily Grossman
50. "Rupert Murdoch accepta d'écouter la vision que Jobs avait de Fox News, une chaîne que le P-DG d'Apple considérait comme destructrice pour la nation et dangereuse pour la réputation de son patron. « Vous vous plantez avec Fox News, lui dit-il au cours du dîner. Il n'y a plus d'un côté les libéraux et de l'autre les conservateurs, la ligne de partage dans le pays, c'est entre ceux qui sont constructifs et les destructeurs, et vous avez soutenu à l'antenne assez de personnes destructrices comme ça. La Fox est devenue une force noire dans notre société. Il faut redresser la barre, car si vous n'y prenez pas garde, ce sera votre seul legs aux générations futures. »"
Author: Walter Isaacson

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