„Five minutes are enough to dream a whole life, that is how relative time is.“

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Mario Benedetti4
Uruguayan journalist, novelist, and poet 1920 - 2009

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„Time is everything; five minutes make the difference between victory and defeat.“

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„My first time was all about who is the top and who is the bottom. That took five minutes.“

—  Miss Foozie drag queen 1960

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„What is life? A madness. What is life? An illusion, a shadow, a story. And the greatest good is little enough: for all life is a dream, and dreams themselves are only dreams.“

—  Pedro Calderón de la Barca, Life is a Dream

¿Qué es la vida? Un frenesí.
¿Qué es la vida? Una ilusión,
una sombra, una ficción,
y el mayor bien es pequeño;
que toda la vida es sueño,
y los sueños, sueños son.
What is this life? A frenzy, an illusion,
A shadow, a delirium, a fiction.
The greatest good's but little, and this life
Is but a dream, and dreams are only dreams.
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„If I had only one hour to save the world, I would spend fifty-five minutes defining the problem, and only five minutes finding the solution.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

There is no indication that Einstein said this. According to Quote Investigator, the earliest publication of a quote similar was in a collection of articles about manufacturing in 1966, when an employee of the Stainless Processing Company wrote a piece titled "The Manufacturing Manager's Skills." The article attributed the quote to an unnamed professor at Yale, by saying, "If I had only one hour to solve a problem, I would spend up to two-thirds of that hour in attempting to define what the problem is." (See, 1966, The Manufacturing Man and His Job by Robert E. Finley and Henry R. Ziobro, "The Manufacturing Manager's Skills" by William H. Markle (Vice President, Stainless Processing Company, Chicago, Illinois), Start Page 15, Quote Page 18, Published by American Management Association, Inc., New York. Verified on paper). https://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/05/22/solve/
Variant: If I had an hour to solve a problem I'd spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.

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„… and within five minutes I'd lost interest.“

—  Peter Greenaway British film director 1942

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„My whole life has been dreams.“

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„This is your life, and it's ending one minute at a time.“

—  Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

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„No matter how much pressure you feel at work, if you could find ways to relax for at least five minutes every hour, you'd be more productive.“

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„In the media age, everybody was famous for 15 minutes. In the Wikipedia age, everybody can be an expert in five minutes.“

—  Stephen Colbert American political satirist, writer, comedian, television host, and actor 1964

Wired Magazine article http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/14.08/colbert.html (14 August 2006)
Context: Get your own entry in an encyclopedia... In the media age, everybody was famous for 15 minutes. In the Wikipedia age, everybody can be an expert in five minutes. Special bonus: You can edit your own entry to make yourself seem even smarter.

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