„…I've had a bad week."
Nothing's happened. I've had a bad week in my head, is all.“
Source: High Fidelity
or: There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.
Always without citation but supposedly describing the Russian Revolution; earliest quotes online dating ~2005-2006 "Exposing the Big Lie: Interview with George Galloway by Eric Ruder" http://www.thirdworldtraveler.com/Europe/ExposingBigLie_GGalloway.html
"Johann Hari: Why won't Israel just exchange prisoners? This is such a wacky, left-wing ideal that it was pursued by Ariel Sharon two years ago" http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/commentators/johann-hari/johann-hari-why-wont-israel-just-exchange-prisoners-6094888.html, 19 July 2006; popularized describing the Arab Spring. May be loosely based on a similar phrasing by Karl Marx:
How soon the English workers will throw off what seems to be a bourgeois contagion remains to be seen. So far as the main theses in your book [Condition of the Working Class in England] are concerned, by the by, they have been corroborated down to the very last detail by developments subsequent to 1844. For I have again been comparing the book with the notes I made on the ensuing period. Only your small-minded German philistine who measures world history by the ell and by what he happens to think are ‘interesting news items’, could regard 20 years as more than a day where major developments of this kind are concerned, though these may be again succeeded by days into which 20 years are compressed.
Letter, Marx to Engels, 9 April 1863 in Marx and Engels, Selected Correspondence 1965, 140 http://marxists.catbull.com/archive/marx/works/1863/letters/63_04_09.htm
Source: High Fidelity
— Bob Black American anarchist 1951
The Libertarian as Conservative (1984)
Context: Without even entering into the question of the world economy’s ultimate dictation within narrow limits of everybody’s productive activity, it’s apparent that the source of the greatest direct duress experienced by the ordinary adult is not the state but rather the business that employs him. Your foreman or supervisor gives you more or-else orders in a week than the police do in a decade.
— Michelle Obama lawyer, writer, wife of Barack Obama and former First Lady of the United States 1964
2010s, Commencement speech for Oberlin College Prep graduates (2015)
— Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965
Newspaper interview (1902), when asked what qualities a politician required, Halle, Kay, Irrepressible Churchill. Cleveland: World, 1966. cited in Churchill by Himself (2008), ed. Langworth, PublicAffairs, p. 489 ISBN 1586486381
Early career years (1898–1929)
— Sara Zarr American children's writer 1970
Source: How to Save a Life
— Jalal Talabani Iraqi politician 1933 - 2017
Kuwait Times staff (March 20, 2008) " War ended era of torture, tyranny: Iraqi president", Kuwait Times.
— Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910
Source: 381 https://cdm15999.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/ItalTravLit/id/22790
Ref: en.wikiquote.org - Mark Twain / Quotes / Mark Twain's Notebook (1935)
— Jenny Han American writer 1980
Source: The Summer I Turned Pretty
— Pope Benedict XVI 265th Pope of the Catholic Church 1927
from "Ratzinger denies Christianity 'superior' to Islam," Zenit.org via Catholic News, March 6, 2002
— Robertson Davies Canadian journalist, playwright, professor, critic, and novelist 1913 - 1995
Context: The first week of this month was International Cat Week, and as the cat is, above all animals, the writer's pet, I suppose I should have written something about it. But I do not care about "weeks", and every week is a cat week with me.
— Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
Campaign speech http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/08/08/remarks-president-campaign-event, Grand Junction High School, Colorado, , quoted in
Furthermore compare what Obama said in 2009
Context: Now, when we came together, we knew restoring that bargain — that deal, that compact — was not going to be easy. We knew it would take more than one year or one term or maybe even one President, because we had seen what had happened in the previous decade. Jobs had moved overseas. Folks were working harder and harder, but their wages or incomes, they were staying flat, sometimes even going down. The cost of everything from health care to college was going up. And then, it all culminated in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression — a crisis that robbed too many of our friends and our neighbors of jobs, the value of their homes, their savings. And all that pushed the American Dream even further out of reach for too many working people.
— Jesse Ventura American politician and former professional wrestler 1951
I Ain't Got Time To Bleed (1999)
— Daniel Radcliffe English actor 1989
— Moshe Safdie Israeli-Canadian architect 1938
CBC television interview, used for many years in CBC Montreal's sign-on montage
— Karl Pilkington English television personality, social commentator, actor, author and former radio producer 1972
Xfm 18 January 2003
Variant: I was born when you kissed me. I died when you left me. I lived a few weeks while you loved me.
Source: In a Lonely Place
— Nam June Paik American video art pioneer 1932 - 2006
Nam June Paik (1965), as cited in: David Dunn, " A History of Electronic Music Pioneers http://vasulka.org/Kitchen/PDF_Eigenwelt/pdf/021-062.pdf." ders.(Hrsg.), Eigenwelt der Apparate-Welt.(Katalog), Linz (1992): 21-62.