„Somehow, something always happens just before things get to the very worst. It is as if Magic did it. If I could only just remember that always. The worse thing never quite comes.“
„I've always figured the only way I could finish a book and get a plot was just to keep making it longer and longer until something happens – you know, until it finds its own plot – because you can't outline and then fit the thing into it. I suppose it's a slow way of working.“
— Nelson Algren American novelist, short story writer 1909 - 1981
„Life wouldn't be worth living if I worried over the future as well as the present. When things are at their worst I find something always happens.“
— W. Somerset Maugham British playwright, novelist, short story writer 1874 - 1965
— David H. Levy Canadian astronomer 1954
„Always ask for what you want, because the worst thing that can happen is embarrassment but the best thing that can happen is nudity.“
— Cassandra Clare, Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale
„People who had, in the past, suffered from technophobia suffered even more. Others took other positions. Things were not so bad. Things could be worse. Worse things could be imagined. Worse things had been endured and triumphed over, in the past. This was not the worst. The worst was yet to come.“
— Donald Barthelme American writer, editor, and professor 1931 - 1989
“A Nation of Wheels”, p. 131.
— Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910
— Sallustius Roman philosopher and writer
Context: Now these things never happened, but always are. And mind sees all things at once, but reason (or speech) expresses some first and others after. Thus, as the myth is in accord with the cosmos, we for that reason keep a festival imitating the cosmos, for how could we attain higher order? IV. That the species of myth are five, with examples of each. A number of sources paraphrase the first sentence (referring to the myth of Attis) as "Myths are things which never happened, but always are." (see for example the introduction to Carl Sagan's The Dragons of Eden).