„Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.“

Variant: Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, and others make it happen.

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American retired professional basketball player and busines… 1963

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„It would not be better if things happened to people just as they wish.“

—  Heraclitus pre-Socratic Greek philosopher -535

Fragment 110
Variant translation: It would not be better if things happened to men just as they wish.
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Original: (el) ἀνθρώποις γίνεσθαι ὁκόσα θέλουσιν οὐκ ἄμεινον

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„…for there is some virtue or other to be exercised, whatever happens…“

—  Jeremy Taylor English clergyman 1613 - 1667

"Holy Living" (1650) ch. 2, section 6. "Of Contentedness in all Estates".

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„We are connected with some people and never meet others, but it could easily have happened otherwise.“

—  Roger Ebert American film critic, author, journalist, and TV presenter 1942 - 2013

Review http://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/red-1994 of Three Colors: Red (2 December 1994)
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Context: We are connected with some people and never meet others, but it could easily have happened otherwise. Looking back over a lifetime, we describe what happened as if it had a plan. To fully understand how accidental and random life is — how vast the odds are against any single event taking place — would be humbling. … This is the kind of film that makes you feel intensely alive while you're watching it, and sends you out into the streets afterwards eager to talk deeply and urgently, to the person you are with. Whoever that happens to be.

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„What you make happen for others, God makes happen for you.“

—  T. B. Joshua Nigerian Christian leader 1963

On the importance of helping others - "Prophet TB Joshua Gives Nigerian Student N26m Sponsorship To Study PhD At Oxford University" http://dailypost.ng/2012/11/19/prophet-t-b-joshua-gives-nigerian-student-n26m-sponsorship-phd-oxford-university/ Daily Post, Nigeria (November 19 2012)

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„Some stories are true that never happened.“

—  Elie Wiesel writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor 1928 - 2016

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„Death is resurrection. We're talking not about some resurrection that will happen but about one that is happening right now.“

—  Anthony de Mello Indian writer 1931 - 1987

"The Death of Me", p. 150
Awareness (1992)
Context: One of your American authors put it so well. He said awakening is the death of your belief in injustice and tragedy. The end of the world for a caterpillar is a butterfly for the master. Death is resurrection. We're talking not about some resurrection that will happen but about one that is happening right now. If you would die to the past, if you would die to every minute, you would be the person who is fully alive, because a fully alive person is one who is full of death. We're always dying to things. We're always shedding everything in order to be fully alive and resurrected at every moment. The mystics, saints, and others make great efforts to wake people up. If they don't wake up, they're always going to have these other minor ills like hunger, wars, and violence. The greatest evil is sleeping people, ignorant people.

„It is a realization that what happens is the young become more connected to God given social media. What happens is they are touched by whatever happens and they want to promote it to others.“

—  Mylo Hubert Vergara Filipino bishop of the Catholic Church (born 1962) 1962

Source: Bishop Vergara: Social media a key part of IEC 2016 http://www.archivioradiovaticana.va/storico/2016/01/29/bishop_vergara_social_media_a_key_part_of_iec_2016/en-1204631 (29 January 2016)

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„All stories are true. But some of them never happened.“

—  James A. Owen, The Search for the Red Dragon

Source: The Search for the Red Dragon

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„People are accustomed to look at the heavens and to wonder what happens there. It would be better if they would look within themselves, to see what happens there.“

—  Menachem Mendel of Kotzk Polish rabbi 1787 - 1859

As quoted in The Big Little Book of Jewish Wit & Wisdom‎ (2000) by Sally Ann Berk, p. 73

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„Comedy is tragedy that happens to other people.“

—  Angela Carter, book Wise Children

Source: Wise Children (1991), ch. 5 (p.213).

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