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  • Like a flash of lightning and in an instant the truth was revealed. I drew with a stick on the sand the diagrams of my motor. A thousand secrets of nature which I might have stumbled upon accidentally I would have given for that one which I had wrestled from her against all odds and at the peril of my existence.

    Odds   Secret   Lightning  
  • My favourite film-maker west of the English Channel is not English - but to me doesn't seem American either - David Lynch - a curious American-European film-maker. He has - against odds - achieved what we want to achieve here. He takes great risks with a strong personal voice and adequate funds and space to exercise it. I thought Blue Velvet was a masterpiece.

    Strong   Exercise   Odds  
    "Biography/ Personal Quotes".
  • It's funny: I always imagined when I was a kid that adults had some kind of inner toolbox full of shiny tools: the saw of discernment, the hammer of wisdom, the sandpaper of patience. But then when I grew up I found that life handed you these rusty bent old tools - friendships, prayer, conscience, honesty - and said 'do the best you can with these, they will have to do'. And mostly, against all odds, they do.

    Prayer   Honesty   Kids  
    Anne Lamott (2000). “Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith”, p.92, Anchor
  • When you choose to be an actor, you are going against the odds.

  • Think of success as a game of chance in which you have control over the odds. As you begin to master concepts in personal achievement, you are increasing your odds of achieving success.

  • It is impossible not to recognise the Long March as one of the great triumphs of men against odds and men against nature. While the Red Army was unquestionably in forced retreat, its toughened veterans reached their planned objective with moral and political will as strong as ever... Their conviction had helped turn what might have been a terrible defeat into an arrival in triumph.

    Strong   Army   Men  
  • The things a man has to have are hope and confidence in himself against odds, and sometimes he needs somebody, his pal or his mother or his wife or God, to give him that confidence.

    Biography/Personal Quotes,
  • It's never the differences between people that suprise us. It's the things that, against all odds, we have in common.

    Jodi Picoult (2012). “The Jodi Picoult Collection #4: Change of Heart, Handle with Care, and House Rules”, p.1191, Simon and Schuster
  • At different stages in our lives, the signs of love may vary: dependence, attraction, contentment, worry, loyalty, grief, but at heart the source is always the same. Human beings have the rare capacity to connect with each other, against all odds

    Love   Loyalty   Grief  
  • He wanted that again, that feeling of standing with her against all odds and succeeding. He wanted it so bad, he was going to risk destroying everything he and his father had worked for.

    Father   Odds   Feelings  
  • I have not survived against all odds. I have not lived to tell. I have not witnessed the extraordinary. This is my story.

    Amy Krouse Rosenthal (2007). “Encyclopedia of an Ordinary Life”, p.6, Broadway Books
  • It often occurs to me that if, against all odds, there is a judgmental God and heaven, it will come to pass that when the pearly gates open, those who had the valor to think for themselves will be escorted to the head of the line, garlanded, and given their own personal audience.

    Thinking   Odds   Heaven  
  • If you fall behind, run faster. Never give up, never surrender, and rise up against the odds.

    "Q&A: The Rev Jesse Jackson". Interview with Rosanna Greenstreet, April 13, 2012.
  • I like to be against the odds. I'm not afraid to be lonely at the top. With me, it's just the satisfaction of the game. Just performance.

    Lonely   Odds   Games  
  • All of the major accomplishments that I have made in my career have been in many instances against the odds.

    "Historic!!! Republican Presidential Hopeful, Herman Cain, Currently Leading in Polls, Speaks With Chris Yandek and Jay Bildstein of CYInterview: Agrees With Getting Washington to Lead By Example, Having the President, Vice President and Congress Take a Substantial Pay Cut, Much More". Interview with Chris Yandek, October 8, 2011.
  • Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear and no concept of the odds against them.

    "At theNAT, building a family". Interview with Lisa Deaderick, June 4, 2016.
  • I like to be against the odds.

    Odds   Ties   Succeed  
    "Biography/Personal Quotes".
  • There's just this for consolation: an hour here or there when our lives seem, against all odds and expectations, to burst open and give us everything we've ever imagined.

    Michael Cunningham (1998). “The Hours: A Novel”, p.225, Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
  • Leadership is about taking charge and influencing others to follow your vision. It's about going against the odds and accepting responsibility for the outcomes along the way

  • Hope and optimism are different. Optimism tends to be based on the notion that there's enough evidence out there to believe things are gonna be better, much more rational, deeply secular, whereas hope looks at the evidence and says, "It doesn't look good at all. Doesn't look good at all. Gonna go beyond the evidence to create new possibilities based on visions that become contagious to allow people to engage in heroic actions always against the odds, no guarantee whatsoever." That's hope. I'm a prisoner of hope, though. Gonna die a prisoner of hope.

    Believe   Odds   People  
  • Sure, I always chose rebels to identify with - I still do - but to me a rebel isn't so much someone who breaks the law as someone who goes against the odds.

    Odds   Law   Rebel  
  • At the center of the Universe is a loving heart that continues to beat and that wants the best for every person. Anything that we can do to help foster the intellect and spirit and emotional growth of our fellow human beings, that is our job. Those of us who have this particular vision must continue against all odds. Life is for service.

    Jobs   Heart   Emotional  
  • The things a man has to have are hope and confidence in himself against odds, and sometimes he needs somebody, his pal or his mother or his wife or God, to give him that confidence. He's got to have some inner standards worth fighting for or there won't be any way to bring him into conflict. And he must be ready to choose death before dishonor without making too much song and dance about it. That's all there is to it.

    Mother   Song   Fighting  
    Biography/Personal Quotes,
  • The odds against there being a bomb on a plane are a million to one, and against two bombs a million times a million to one. Next time you fly, cut the odds and take a bomb.

    "Biography/ Personal Quotes".
  • And yet, in each human coupling, a thousand million sperm vie for a single egg. Multiply those odds by countless generations, against the odds of your ancestors being alive; meeting; siring this precise son; that exact daughter... Until your mother loves a man she has every reason to hate, and of that union, of the thousand million children competing for fertilization, it was you, only you, that emerged. To distill so specific a form from that chaos of improbability, like turning air to gold... that is the crowning unlikelihood. The thermodynamic miracle.

    "Watchmen". Comic book limited series by Alan Moore, September 1986 – October 1987.
  • Let us keep before us the fact that, almost without exception, every race or nation that has ever got upon its feet has done so through struggle and trial and persecution; and that out of this very resistance to wrong, out of the struggle against odds, they have gained strength, self-confidence, and experience which they could not have gained in any other way.

    Booker T. Washington, Louis R. Harlan (1977). “The Booker T. Washington Papers: 1903-4”, p.188, University of Illinois Press
  • I get more inspired by seeing everyday people succeed against the odds than anything else in life.

    Odds   People   Everyday  
  • I never felt that I didn't have a chance to win.

  • Life is a gamble, at terrible odds - if it was a bet you wouldn't take it.

    Life   Gambling   Odds  
    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead act 3 (1967)
  • Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor.

    Suzanne Collins (2009). “The Hunger Games”, p.21, Scholastic Inc.
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