Crisis Quotes


The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger--but recognize the opportunity.

The Edge... There is no honest way to explain it because the only people who really know where it is are the ones who have gone over.

Hell's Angels

Hunter S. Thompson

Hell's Angels

You are an explorer, and you represent our species, and the greatest good you can do is to bring back a new idea, because our world is endangered by the absence of good ideas. Our world is in crisis because of the absence of consciousness.

One of the first signs of the beginning of understanding is the wish to die. This life appears unbearable, another unattainable. One is no longer ashamed of wanting to die; one asks to be moved from the old cell, which one hates, to a new one, which one willl only in time come to hate. In this there is also a residue of belief that during the move the master will chance to come along the corridor, look at the prisoner and say: "This man is not to be locked up again, He is to come with me.

Belief    Cell    Crisis    Death    Prison    Revelation    Stuck in a rut    Suicide

Insanity is everyone expecting you not to fall apart when you find out everything you believed in was a lie.

Sometimes you need a little crisis to get your adrenaline flowing and help you realize your potential.

The Glass Castle

Jeannette Walls

The Glass Castle
Advice    Crisis    Life    Thriving

I finally figured out that not every crisis can be managed. As much as we want to keep ourselves safe, we can't protect ourselves from everything. If we want to embrace life, we also have to embrace chaos.

Breathing Room

Susan Elizabeth Phillips

Breathing Room
Chaos    Crisis    Life    Protection    Safety

When faced with a radical crisis, when the old way of being in the world, of interacting with each other and with the realm of nature doesn't work anymore, when survival is threatened by seemingly insurmountable problems, an individual life-form -- or a species -- will either die or become extinct or rise above the limitations of its condition through an evolutionary leap.

Every test successfully met is rewarded by some growth in intuitive knowledge, strengthening of character, or initiation into a higher consciousness.

After a great blow, or crisis, after the first shock and then after the nerves have stopped screaming and twitching, you settle down to the new condition of things and feel that all possibility of change has been used up. You adjust yourself, and are sure that the new equilibrium is for eternity. . . But if anything is certain it is that no story is ever over, for the story which we think is over is only a chapter in a story which will not be over, and it isn't the game that is over, it is just an inning, and that game has a lot more than nine innings. When the game stops it will be called on account of darkness. But it is a long day.

All the King's Men

Robert Penn Warren

All the King's Men

Feelings are your guide. Trust your feelings and learn to express them, and do not blame anyone for how you feel. Be yourself, observe yourself. Look to understand any crisis you have been in or will be in.

But there was a special kind of gift that came with embracing the chaos, even if I cursed most of the way. I'm convinced that, when everything is wiped blank, it's life 's way of forcing you to become acquainted with and aware of who you are now, who you can become. What is the fulfillment of your soul?

When the times are a crucible, when the air is full of crisis, those who are the most themselves are the victims.

...we're told by TV and Reader's Digest that a crisis will trigger massive personal change--and that those big changes will make the pain worthwhile. But from what he could see, big change almost never happens. People simply feel lost. They have no idea what to say or do or feel or think. they become messes and tend to remain messes.

The Gum Thief

Douglas Coupland

The Gum Thief
Change    Crisis    Life    Philosophy

Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of production and trade...

America    Atheism    Capitalism    Causality    Commerce    Constitution    Crisis    Drugs    Economics    Economy    Force    Freedom    Government    Individual rights    Jobs    Law    Liberty    Life    Love    Objective law    Philosophy    Political philosophy    Pursuit of happiness    Reason    Regulation    Rock and roll    Sex    Slavery    Society    Trade    Tyranny    Usa    Volition    Wealth

Even I don’t know myself... In fact, I don’t know if I really have a self at all, as I’m constantly playing different roles and pretending – not so much on stage as in real life...

Acting    Actor    Aware    Awareness    Crisis    Different    Even    Fact    Goth    Gothic    Gothic romance    Hidden    Hide    Identity    Know    Know myself    Know yourself    Knowledge    Life    Live    Living    Love    Mask    Masks    Play    Playing    Postmodern    Postmodernism    Real life    Reality    Relationship    Relationships    Role    Roles    Romance    Romantic    Self    Self awareness    Self identity crisis    Self image    Suspense    Understand    Understanding    Young adult    Young adult gothic romance

If outer events bring him to a position where he can bear them no longer and force him to cry out to the higher power in helplessness for relief, or if inner feelings bring humiliation and recognition of his dependence on that power, this crushing of the ego may open the door to grace.

Crisis    Ego    Grace    Prayer    Trials

I was starting to see that what looks like garbage from one angle might be art from another. Maybe it did take a crisis to get to know yourself; maybe you needed to get whacked hard by life before you understood what you wanted out of it.

Handle with Care

Jodi Picoult

Handle with Care
Art    Crisis    Garbage    Life    Truth    Understanding    Yourself

No culture on earth is as heavily narcotized as the industrial West in terms of being inured to the consequences of maladaptive behavior. We pursue a business-as-usual attitude in a surreal atmosphere of mounting crises and irreconcilable contradictions.

Through each crisis in my life, with acceptance and hope, in a single defining moment, I finally gained the courage to do things differently.

Towards the end of your life you have something like a pain schedule to fill out—a long schedule like a federal document, only it's your pain schedule. Endless categories. First, physical causes—like arthritis, gallstones, menstrual cramps. New category, injured vanity, betrayal, swindle, injustice. But the hardest items of all have to do with love. The question then is: So why does everybody persist? If love cuts them up so much....

The power we discover inside ourselves as we survive a life-threatening experience can be utilized equally well outside of crisis, too. I am, in every moment, capable of mustering the strength to survive again—or of tapping that strength in other good, productive, healthy ways.

Stigma's power lies in silence. The silence that persists when discussion and action should be taking place. The silence one imposes on another for speaking up on a taboo subject, branding them with a label until they are rendered mute or preferably unheard.

Bulgaria, I reflected as I walked back to the hotel, isn’t a country; it’s a near-death experience.

1990    1990s    Adventure    Bulgaria    City centre    Country    Crisis    Death    Eastern europe    Europe    European    Europeans    Night club    Nightlife    Post communist    Sofia    Travel

Bijli fails in the dead of night / Won’t help to call I need a light / You’re in Karachi now / Oh, oh you’re in Karachi now. / Night is falling and you just cant see / Is this illusion or KESC / You’re in Karachi now

Kartography

Kamila Shamsie

Kartography
Candles    Crisis    Electricity    Failure    Humour    Karachi    Kesc    Light    Night    Pakistan    Power

Trust that whatever you are dealing with, whatever doorway to crisis you experience, it is leading you to a greater lesson in liwing where ideally the power of love is what you learn. Forgive, and broadcast your excitement to be alive.

Crisis    Living    Love

Take them off! I told him, grabbing the front of his jeans. Take everything off!
I’m trying!
Try harder!

When written in Chinese, the word "crisis" is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.

If only one person were perfectly informed there could never be a general crisis. But the only perfectly informed person is God, and he does not play the stock market.

Had history been democratic in its ways, there would have been no farming and no industrial revolution. Both leaps into the future were occasioned by unbearably painful crises that made most people wish they could recoil into the past.

The only way to cry your eyes out and laugh your ass off at the same time is to have your mom or girlfriends present. Without them, the laughing part wouldn't be nearly as fun.

Crisis    Despair    Girlfriends    Humor    Laughing    Moms    Tough times

There are no atheists in foxholes or ideologues in a financial crisis. Ben Bernanke

Then the shit hit the fan.

A Life in Our Times

John Kenneth Galbraith

A Life in Our Times

Business crises energize me. Personal crises devastate me. The doctors call it an avoidance tendency. (Mirena to Eve)

Engineers do engineering, i.e. they build bridges. So engineering needs engineers. The economy does NOT need economists. Economists do not make economy, but they try it and that is why we have so much problems with some financial models.

Crisis    Economy    Money

... in moments of crisis our thoughts do not run consecutively but rather sweep over us in waves or intuition and experience ...

In any love-story there are usually two stages or phases. There is the initial stage, where love is expressed by the giving of gifts, especially the gift of self. Then there comes a time when it is no longer enough to give gifts to the beloved, but one has to be ready to suffer for her or for him. Only then can it be seen whether the love is real. In the story of a vocation to consecrated virginity there are also usually two stages. There is the initial stage of the vocation, when, spurred on by grace and attracted by the ideal, one joyfully and enthusiastically says, "Yes, Lord, here I am!" Then comes the time of solitude of heart, of weariness, of crisis, when, in order to maintain that "Yes," one has to die

Nuclear weapons and TV have simply intensified the consequences of our tendencies.

Nuclear weapons and TV have simply intensified the consequences of our tendencies.

Scraps of memory: this is not how a climax should be written. A climax should surge towards its Himalayan peak; but I am left with shreds, and must jerk towards my crisis like a puppet with broken strings. This is not what I had planned; but perhaps the story you finish is never the one you begin.

Climax    Crisis    Peak    Plan

To exploit living labour, capital must destroy dead labour which is still useful. Loving to suck warm young blood, it kills corpses.

I felt held hostage by her illness and by the backward mental health system that once again was incapable of helping our family in crisis.

I don't want to be the person who gasps in fear whenever she hears the sound of a doorbell or a phone. I just want to lose myself in these hills, in the river winding west to the city of bridges.

Crisis    Family    Fear    Loss    Mental illness    Safety

Theology starts with a crisis, the very crisis of reality itself. The crisis is the fact that you live, that you have a life to live. … The crisis is the very mystery of our existence and the yearning for there to be some kind of meaning to it.

Frosh (2002) has suggested that therapeutic spaces provide children and adults with the rare opportunity to articulate experiences that are otherwise excluded from the dominant symbolic order. However, since the 1990s, post-modern and post-structural theory has often been deployed in ways that attempt to ‘manage’ from; afar the perturbing disclosures of abuse and trauma that arise in therapeutic spaces (Frosh 2002). Nowhere is this clearer than in relation to organised abuse, where the testimony of girls and women has been deconstructed as symptoms of cultural hysteria (Showalter 1997) and the colonisation of women’s minds by therapeutic discourse (Hacking 1995). However, behind words and discourse, ‘a real world and real lives do exist, howsoever we interpret, construct and recycle accounts of these by a variety of symbolic means’ (Stanley 1993: 214).
Summit (1994: 5) once described organised abuse as a ‘subject of smoke and mirrors’, observing the ways in which it has persistently defied conceptualisation or explanation.
Explanations for serious or sadistic child sex offending have typically rested on psychiatric concepts of ‘paedophilia’ or particular psychological categories that have limited utility for the study of the cultures of sexual abuse that emerge in the families or institutions in which organised abuse takes pace. For those clinicians and researchers who take organised abuse seriously, their reliance upon individualistic rather than sociological explanations for child sexual abuse has left them unable to explain the emergence of coordinated, and often sadistic, multi—perpetrator sexual abuse in a range of contexts around the world.

All our lives we measure ourselves based on our height, but during a crisis we should measure ourselves in-depth.

Inner strength of character cannot be measured by any means but performance in the time of need.

Character    Crisis    Drive    Need    Strength    Test    Truth

For with any recovery from morbidity there must go a certain healthy humiliation. There comes a certain point in such conditions when only three things are possible: first a perpetuation of Satanic pride, secondly tears, and third laughter.

Though the urge to hurry was beginning to beat through my brain, I knew that was the one thing I couldn't do. Not of I wanted to save lives.

Crisis    Emergency    Hurry    Urgency

My criticism of
Hegel
procedure is that when in his discussion he arrives at a contradiction, he construes it as a crisis in the universe.

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