Quotes about speed

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Hermann Göring photo

„The British, who can afford aluminium better than we can, knock together a beautiful wooden aircraft that every piano factory over there is building, and they give it a speed which they have now increased yet again. What do you make of that? There is nothing the British do not have. They have the geniuses and we have the nincompoops.“

—  Hermann Göring German politician and military leader 1893 - 1946

This statement was attributed to Goering in at least one book on World War II, but it was removed from the English Wikipedia page on him on grounds that it was not actually verified that Goering had ever said it.
Disputed
Context: In 1940 I could at least fly as far as Glasgow in most of my aircraft, but not now! It makes me furious when I see the Mosquito. I turn green and yellow with envy. The British, who can afford aluminium better than we can, knock together a beautiful wooden aircraft that every piano factory over there is building, and they give it a speed which they have now increased yet again. What do you make of that? There is nothing the British do not have. They have the geniuses and we have the nincompoops. After the war is over I'm going to buy a British radio set – then at least I'll own something that has always worked.

Isaac Asimov photo

„I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander.“

—  Isaac Asimov American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, known for his works of science fiction and popular … 1920 - 1992

Jacque Fresco photo
Banksy photo

„You're mind is working at its best when you're being paranoid.
You explore every avenue and possibility of your situation
at high speed with total clarity.“

—  Banksy pseudonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist, and painter

Source: Banging Your Head Against a Brick Wall

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Conor McGregor photo

„Timing beats speed…precision beats power.“

—  Conor McGregor Irish mixed martial artist and boxer 1988

UFC 194 post-fight press conference https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLwsbBqbw4LprA5DYSMWVLeeLNdwYhWRRK&v=YdKawskqoRo (December 2015) Ultimate Fighting Championship, Zuffa, LLC
2010s, 2015

Camille Paglia photo

„My point is that you cannot force social change at a speed that it cannot go. Social change is evolutionary, not revolutionary. Deep social change takes time.“

—  Camille Paglia American writer 1947

Playboy interview (May 1995)
Context: My point is that you cannot force social change at a speed that it cannot go. Social change is evolutionary, not revolutionary. Deep social change takes time. And slowly the culture is changing. The MTV generation is far more tolerant, and that tolerance is growing.

John Lennon photo
Herodotus photo

„It is said that as many days as there are in the whole journey, so many are the men and horses that stand along the road, each horse and man at the interval of a day’s journey; and these are stayed neither by snow nor rain nor heat nor darkness from accomplishing their appointed course with all speed.“

—  Herodotus, book Histories

Book 8, Ch. 98
variant: Not snow, no, nor rain, nor heat, nor night keeps them from accomplishing their appointed courses with all speed. (Book 8, Ch. 98)
Paraphrase: "Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds" ”
Appears carved over entrance to Central Post Office building in New York City.
The Histories

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Miyamoto Musashi photo

„Speed is not part of the true Way of strategy.“

—  Miyamoto Musashi Japanese martial artist, writer, artist 1584 - 1645

Go Rin No Sho (1645), The Wind Book
Context: Speed is not part of the true Way of strategy. Speed implies that things seem fast or slow, according to whether or not they are in rhythm. Whatever the Way, the master of strategy does not appear fast.

Douglas Adams photo

„Nothing travels faster than the speed of light, with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws.“

—  Douglas Adams, book Mostly Harmless

Variant: Nothing travels faster than the speed of light with the possible exception of bad news, which obeys its own special laws.
Source: Mostly Harmless

Galileo Galilei photo

„This bounded terminal speed will be called the maximum that such a heavy body can naturally attain through the air“

—  Galileo Galilei Italian mathematician, physicist, philosopher and astronomer 1564 - 1642

Salviati, Day Four, 278-279 Stillman Drake translation (1974)
Dialogues and Mathematical Demonstrations Concerning Two New Sciences (1638)
Context: The speed of the ball—thanks to opposition from the air—will not go on increasing forever. Rather, what will happen is seen in bodies of very little weight falling through no great distance; I mean, a reduction to equable motion, which will occur also in a lead or iron ball after the descent of some thousands of braccia. This bounded terminal speed will be called the maximum that such a heavy body can naturally attain through the air...

David Attenborough photo
Citát „Speed has never killed anyone. Suddenly becoming stationary, that's what gets you.“
Jeremy Clarkson photo

„Speed has never killed anyone. Suddenly becoming stationary, that's what gets you.“

—  Jeremy Clarkson English broadcaster, journalist and writer 1960

Variant: Speed has never killed anyone, suddenly becoming stationary… that’s what gets you.

Wassily Kandinsky photo
Maya Angelou photo
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William Kingdon Clifford photo

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