— Kōki Hirota Japanese politician executed 1878 - 1948
Quoted in "The Rising Sun: The Decline and Fall of the Japanese Empire" - Page 49 - by John Toland - History - 2003.
„Herodotus says, "Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all. The conscientious historian will correct these defects."“
— Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910
Acknowledgements Twain does not quote Herodotus here, he only sums up what he believes to have been Herodotus' approach to the writing of history. Nevertheless, this apocryphal statement is now often quoted as being the very words of Herodotus.
„Very few things happen at the right time, and the rest do not happen at all. The conscientious historian will correct these defects.“
— Herodotus ancient Greek historian, often considered as the first historian -484 - -425 avant J.-C.
This statement is not to be found in the works of Herodotus. It appears in the acknowledgements to Mark Twain's A Horse's Tale (1907) preceded by the words "Herodotus says", but Twain was simply summarizing what he took to be Herodotus' attitude to historiography.
„Over short periods, the relation between growth in money and growth in nominal income is often hard to see, partly because the relation is less close for short than for long periods, but mostly because it takes time for changes in monetary growth to affect income. And how long a time is itself variable. Today's income growth is not closely related to today's monetary growth; it depends on what has been happening to money in the past. What happens to money today affects what is going to happen to income in the future“
— Milton Friedman American economist, statistician, and writer 1912 - 2006
Ch. 2 The Mystery of Money
„When you have an idea, hang on to it. It's the most valuable thing in the world. Nurture it. Test it. And remember: you can grow a toadstool overnight, but it takes time to grow an oak.“
— William A. Patterson President of United Airlines from 1934 until 1966 1899 - 1980
„Each time you look at a tangerine, you can see deeply into it. You can see everything in the universe in one tangerine. When you peel it and smell it, it’s wonderful. You can take your time eating a tangerine and be very happy.“
— Thich Nhat Hanh, Peace Is Every Step: The Path of Mindfulness in Everyday Life
— Michael Pollan American author, journalist, activist, and professor of journalism 1955
Context: We forget how much time it can take simply to avoid cooking: all that time spent driving to restaurants or waiting for our orders, none of which gets counted as 'food preparation'. And much of the half-hour saved by not cooking is spent watching screens.
„"I wish life was not so short," he thought. "Languages take such a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about."“
— John Ronald Reuel Tolkien British philologist and author, creator of classic fantasy works 1892 - 1973
"Alboin Errol", in The Lost Road (1987). Compare this with "The lyf so short, the craft so longe to lerne" by Geoffrey Chaucer
— John Lennon English singer and songwriter 1940 - 1980