„Between the wish and the thing the world lies waiting.“

Source: All the Pretty Horses

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American novelist, playwright, and screenwriter 1933

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„Society waits unformed and is between things ended and things begun.“

—  Walt Whitman American poet, essayist and journalist 1819 - 1892

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„My last wish is that Germany realize its entity and that an understanding be reached between East and West. I wish peace to the world.“

—  Joachim von Ribbentrop German general 1893 - 1946

Last words, 10/16/46. Quoted in "The Mammoth Book of Eyewitness World War II" - Page 562 - by Jon E. Lewis - History - 2002

„Up to a point a man’s life is shaped by environment, heredity, and movements and changes in the world about him; then there comes a time when it lies within his grasp to shape the clay of his life into the sort of thing he wishes to be.“

—  Louis L'Amour, book The Walking Drum

The Walking Drum (1984)
Context: Up to a point a man’s life is shaped by environment, heredity, and movements and changes in the world about him; then there comes a time when it lies within his grasp to shape the clay of his life into the sort of thing he wishes to be. Only the weak blame parents, their race, their times, lack of good fortune, or the quirks of fate. Everyone has it within his power to say, this I am today, that I shall be tomorrow. The wish, however, must be implemented by deeds.

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„Wit lies in recognizing the resemblance among things which differ and the difference between things which are alike.“

—  Anne Louise Germaine de Staël Swiss author 1766 - 1817

L'esprit consiste à connaître la ressemblance des choses diverses et la différence des choses semblables.
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„If you can wait and not be tired of waiting, or being lied about, don't deal in lies. Or being hated, don't give way to hating, and yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise.“

—  Rudyard Kipling, book The Second Jungle Book

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The Second Jungle Book (1895), If— (1896)
Source: If: A Father's Advice to His Son
Context: If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise.

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„He who is prudent and lies in wait for an enemy who is not, will be victorious.“

—  Sun Tzu ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher from the Zhou Dynasty -543 - -495 BC

Original: (zh_Hant) 以虞待不虞者胜。
Source: The Art of War, Chapter III · Strategic Attack

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„Being able to do what you wish is the best thing in the world!“

—  Shiro Amano Japanese manga artist 1976

Source: Kingdom Hearts, Vol. 1

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„at the heart of every frustration lies a basic structure: the collision of a wish with an unyielding reality.“

—  Alain de Botton, book The Consolations of Philosophy

Source: The Consolations of Philosophy (2000), Chapter III, Consolation For Frustration, p. 80.
Context: Though the terrain of frustration may be vast — from a stubbed toe to an untimely death — at the heart of every frustration lies a basic structure: the collision of a wish with an unyielding reality.

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„Music is everywhere. It’s in the air between us, waiting to be sung.“

—  David Levithan American author and editor 1972

Source: How They Met, and Other Stories

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„Wandering between two worlds, one dead,
The other powerless to be born,
With nowhere yet to rest my head,
Like these, on earth I wait forlorn.“

—  Matthew Arnold English poet and cultural critic who worked as an inspector of schools 1822 - 1888

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„As if Ceausescu and company are to bring down imperialism!! If the world waits for the Ceausescus to do such a thing, imperialism will live for tens of thousands of years…“

—  Nicolae Ceaușescu General Secretary of the Romanian Communist Party 1918 - 1989

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