„You can look out of your life like a train & see what you're heading for, but you can't stop the train.“
— Philip Larkin English poet, novelist, jazz critic and librarian 1922 - 1985
Letter to Monica Jones, 22 October 1967
„Life is a train that stops at no stations; you either jump abroad or stand on the platform and watch as it passes.“
— Yasmina Khadra, libro What the Day Owes the Night
Origine: Ce que le jour doit à la nuit
„You don’t think progress goes in a straight line, do you? Do you recognize that it is an ascending, accelerating, maybe even exponential curve? It takes hell’s own time to get started, but when it goes it goes like a bomb.“
— Frederik Pohl American science fiction writer and editor 1919 - 2013
Day Million (p. 441)
„… saying that you don’t have time to improve your thoughts and your life is like saying you don’t have time to stop for gas because you’re too busy driving. Eventually it will catch up with you.” - The Monk who sold his Ferrari“
— Robin S. Sharma Canadian self help writer 1965
„Even if all the clocks in the station break down, thought Hugo, time won't stop. Not even if you really want it to.
— Brian Selznick, libro La straordinaria invenzione di Hugo Cabret
Origine: The Invention of Hugo Cabret
„Collisions between fast and slow trains, moving in the same direction, are prevented by the application of the following rule: The conductor of a slow train will report himself to the Superintendent of Division immediately on arrival at a station where, by the time-table, he should be overtaken by a faster train; and he shall not leave that station until the fast train passes, without special orders from the Superintendent of Division.“
— Daniel McCallum Canadian engineer and early organizational theorist 1815 - 1878
Origine: Report of the Superintendent of the New York and Erie Railroad to the Stockholders (1856), p. 45: Cited in: "Railway Engineering in the United States" in The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 02, No. 13, November, 1858. p. 651
— Horace, libro Epistole
Book II, epistle i, line 63
Epistles (c. 20 BC and 14 BC)
Originale: (la) Interdum volgus rectum videt, est ubi peccat.
— Virgil Ancient Roman poet -70 - -19 a.C.
Horace, Epistles, Book II, epistle i, line 63
Originale: (la) Interdum volgus rectum videt, est ubi peccat.
„When a train goes through a tunnel and it gets dark, you don’t throw away the ticket and jump off. You sit still and trust the engineer.“
— Corrie ten Boom Dutch resistance hero and writer 1892 - 1983
„This makes you think in straight lines. And if today doesn't happen in straight lines -- think of your own experience -- why should the past have?“
— James Burke (science historian) British broadcaster, science historian, author, and television producer 1936
Connections (1979), 10 - Yesterday, Tomorrow and You
Contesto: The question is in what way are the triggers around us likely to operate to cause things to change -- for better or worse. And, is there anything we can learn from the way that happened before, so we can teach ourselves to look for and recognize the signs of change? The trouble is, that's not easy when you have been taught as I was, for example, that things in the past happened in straight-forward lines. I mean, take one oversimple example of what I'm talking about: the idea of putting the past into packaged units -- subjects, like agriculture. The minute you look at this apparently clear-cut view of things, you see the holes. I mean, look at the tractor. Oh sure, it worked in the fields, but is it a part of the history of agriculture or a dozen other things? The steam engine, the electric spark, petroleum development, rubber technology. It's a countrified car. And, the fertilizer that follows; it doesn't follow! That came from as much as anything else from a fellow trying to make artificial diamonds. And here's another old favorite: Eureka! Great Inventors You know, the lonely genius in the garage with a lightbulb that goes ping in his head. Well, if you've seen anything of this series, you'll know what a wrong approach to things that is. None of these guys did anything by themselves; they borrowed from other people's work. And how can you say when a golden age of anything started and stopped? The age of steam certainly wasn't started by James Watt; nor did the fellow whose engine he was trying to repair -- Newcomen, nor did his predecessor Savorey, nor did his predecessor Papert. And Papert was only doing what he was doing because they had trouble draining the mines. You see what I'm trying to say? This makes you think in straight lines. And if today doesn't happen in straight lines -- think of your own experience -- why should the past have? That's part of what this series has tried to show: that the past zig-zagged along -- just like the present does -- with nobody knowing what's coming next. Only we do it more complicatedly, and it's because our lives are that much more complex than theirs were that it's worth bothering about the past. Because if you don't know how you got somewhere, you don't know where you are. And we are at the end of a journey -- the journey from the past.
„It takes a huge effort to free yourself from memory, but when you succeed, you start to realize that you’re capable of far more than you imagined. You live in this vast body called the Universe, which contains all the solutions and all the problems. Visit your soul; don’t visit your past. The Universe goes through many mutations and carries the past with it. We call each of those mutations a ‘life,’ but just as the cells in your body change and yet you remain the same, so time does not pass, it merely changes.“
— Paulo Coelho, libro Aleph
„Never stop. Never stop fighting. Never stop dreaming. And don’t be afraid of wearing your heart on your sleeve - in declaring the films that you love, the films that you want to make, the life that you’ve had, and the lives you can help reflect in cinema. For myself, for a long time… maybe I felt inauthentic or something, I felt like my voice wasn’t worth hearing, and I think everyone’s voice is worth hearing. So if you’ve got something to say, say it from the rooftops.“
— Tom Hiddleston English actor, producer and musical performer 1981
„Some people spend the whole of their lives sitting waiting for one train, only to find that they never even made it to the station.“
— Joanne Harris, libro Peaches for Monsieur le Curé
Origine: Peaches for Monsieur le Curé
„Opinion is like a pendulum and obeys the same law. If it goes past the centre of gravity on one side, it must go a like distance on the other; and it is only after a certain time that it finds the true point at which it can remain at rest.“
— Arthur Schopenhauer, libro Parerga e paralipomena
Vol. 2 "Further Psychological Observations" as translated in Essays and Aphorisms (1970), as translated by R. J. Hollingdale
Parerga and Paralipomena (1851), Counsels and Maxims