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The wise man does not expose himself needlessly to danger, since there are few things for which he cares sufficiently; but he is willing, in great crises, to give even his life -- knowing that under certain conditions it is not worthwhile to live.

Author: Aristotle

Profession: Greek Philosopher

Crises refine life. In them you discover what you are.

Author: Allan K. Chalmers


Sooner or later comes a crisis in our affairs, and how we meet it determines our future happiness and success. Since the beginning of time, every form of life has been called upon to meet such crisis.

Author: Robert Collier

Profession: American Writer, Publisher

Man is not imprisoned by habit. Great changes in him can be wrought by crisis -- once that crisis can be recognized and understood.

Author: Norman Cousins (1915-1990)

Profession: American Editor, Humanitarian, Author

I think it's only in a crisis that Americans see other people. It has to be an American crisis, of course. If two countries fight that do not supply the Americans with some precious commodity, then the education of the public does not take place. But when the dictator falls, when the oil is threatened, then you turn on the television and they tell you where the country is, what the language is, how to pronounce the names of the leaders, what the religion is all about, and maybe you can cut out recipes in the newspaper of Persian dishes.

Author: Don Delillo (1926)

Profession: American Author

A crisis is a close encounter of the third kind.

Author: Guy Finley


I believe that in the history of art and of thought there has always been at every living moment of culture a ''will to renewal.'' This is not the prerogative of the last decade only. All history is nothing but a succession of ''crises'' -- of rupture, repudiation and resistance. When there is no ''crisis,'' there is stagnation, petrifaction and death. All thought, all art is aggressive.

Author: Eugene Ionesco (1912)

Profession: Romanian-born French Playwright

When is a crisis reached? When questions arise that can't be answered.

Author: Ryszard Kapuscinski (1932)

Profession: Polish Report and Foreign Correspondent

When written in Chinese, the word ''crisis'' is composed of two characters -- one represents danger, and the other represents opportunity.

Author: John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)

Profession: Thirty-fifth President of the USA

There can't be a crisis next week. My schedule is already full.

Author: Henry Kissinger (1923-)

Profession: American Republican Politician, Secretary of State

I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money-power of the country will endeavor to prolong it's reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.

Author: Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)

Profession: Sixteenth President of the USA

I am walking over hot coals suspended over a deep pit at the bottom of which are a large number of vipers baring their fangs.

Author: John Major

Profession: British Prime Minister

Every crisis offers you extra desired power.

Author: William Moulton Marston


Crises and deadlocks when they occur have at least this advantage, that they force us to think.

Author: Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964)

Profession: Indian Nationalist, Statesman

Every little thing counts in a crisis.

Author: Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964)

Profession: Indian Nationalist, Statesman