A crisis is a close encounter of the third kind.

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

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

Every crisis offers you extra desired power.

Every little thing counts in a crisis.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

The easiest period in a crisis situation is actually the battle itself. The most difficult is the period of indecision — whether to fight or run away. And the most dangerous period is the aftermath. It is then, with all his resources spent and his guard down, that an individual must watch out for dulled reactions and faulty judgment.

The time is out of joint. O cursed spite that ever I was born to set it right!

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.

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

These are the times that try men's souls.

Watch out for emergencies. They are your big chance.

We all live in a house on fire, no fire department to call; no way out, just the upstairs window to look out of while the fire burns the house down with us trapped, locked in it.

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

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

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