Accident Quotes

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Alice Sebold
“Our only kiss was like an accident- a beautiful gasoline rainbow.”
Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones

Jane Austen
“We do not suffer by accident.”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Andrew  Davidson
“Accidents ambush the unsuspecting, often violently, just like love.”
Andrew Davidson, The Gargoyle

Sherwood Anderson
“Love is like a wind stirring the grass beneath trees on a black night,' he had said. 'You must not try to make love definite. It is the divine accident of life. If you try to be definite and sure about it and to live beneath the trees, where soft night winds blow, the long hot day of disappointment comes swiftly and the gritty dust from passing wagons gathers upon lips inflamed and made tender by kisses.”
Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio

L.M. Montgomery
“Don't be very frightened, Marilla. I was walking the ridge-pole and I fell off. I suspect I have sprained my ankle. But, Marilla, I might have broken my neck. Let us look on the bright side of things.”
L.M. Montgomery, Anne of Green Gables

Alexander Hamilton
“It has been frequently remarked, that it seems to have been reserved to the people of this country to decide, by their conduct and example, the important question, whether societies of men are really capable or not, of establishing good government from reflection and choice, or whether they are forever destined to depend, for their political constitutions, on accident and force.”
Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist Papers

Charlie Fletcher
“The ugliest thing in the world is a beautiful woman without the brains or courage to know that [beauty] is nothing more than an accident.”
Charlie Fletcher, Silvertongue

Shannon L. Alder
The Voyager

We are all lonely voyagers sailing on life's ebb tide,
To a far off place were all stripling warriors have died,
Sometime at eve when the tide is low,
The voices call us back to the rippling water's flow,
Even though our boat sailed with love in our hearts,
Neither our dreams or plans would keep heaven far apart,
We drift through the hush of God's twilight pale,
With no response to our friendly hail,
We raise our sails and search for majestic light,
While finding company on this journey to the brighten our night,
Then suddenly he pulls us through the reef's cutting sea,
Back to the place that he asked us to be,
Friendly barges that were anchored so sweetly near,
In silent sorrow they drop their salted tears,
Shall our soul be a feast of kelp and brine,
The wasted tales of wishful time,
Are we a fish on a line lured with bait,
Is life the grind, a heartless fate,
Suddenly, "HUSH", said the wind from afar,
Have you not looked to the heavens and seen the new star,
It danced on the abyss of the evening sky,
The sparkle of heaven shining on high,
Its whisper echoed on the ocean's spray,
From the bow to the mast they heard him say,
"Hope is above, not found in the deep,
I am alive in your memories and dreams when you sleep,
I will greet you at sunset and with the moon's evening smile,
I will light your path home.. every last lonely mile,
My friends, have no fear, my work was done well,
In this life I broke the waves and rode the swell,
I found faith in those that I called my crew,
My love will be the compass that will see you through,
So don't look for me on the ocean's floor to find,
I've never left the weathered docks of your loving mind,
For I am in the moon, the wind and the whale's evening song,
I am the sailor of eternity whose voyage is not gone.”
Shannon L. Alder

Mary Roach
“Here is the secret to surviving one of these [airplane] crashes: Be male. In a 1970 Civil Aeromedical institute study of three crashes involving emergency evacuations, the most prominent factor influencing survival was gender (followed closely by proximity to exit). Adult males were by far the most likely to get out alive. Why? Presumably because they pushed everyone else out of the way.”
Mary Roach, Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers

“Oogway: There are no accidents.
Shifu: [sighs] Yes, I know. You've already said that twice.
Oogway: That was no accident either.
Shifu: Thrice.”
Kung Fu Panda

Derek Landy
“Aurora sagged. "Why is it," she asked, "that every time I'm with you two we end up stealing something big?"
"We always return it," Donegan said, a little defensively. "Maybe not always in one piece or necessarily to the right person but return it we do, and so it is not stealing, it is merely borrowing."
Gracious looked at him. "It's a little bit stealing."
"Anyone who leaves a private jet just lying around deserves to have it stolen."
"It wasn't lying around," said Gracious. "It was locked up tight. It took us an hour to dismantle the security system and get inside."
Donegan looked at him. "You're not helping.”
Derek Landy, The Maleficent Seven

Graham Greene
“He opened the book at random, or so he believed, but a book is like a sandy path which keeps the indent of footsteps.”
Graham Greene, The Human Factor

Vladimir Nabokov
“Coordinating there
Events and objects with remote events
And vanished objects. Making ornaments
Of accidents and possibilities.”
Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire

“The beauty of the sea is that it never shows any weakness and never tires of the countless souls that unleash their broken voices into its secret depths.”
Zeina Kassem, Crossing

Rodney Barnes
“My Miracle, living through a Traumatic brain Injury”
Rodney Barnes

Katherine McIntyre
“Rare stories traveled of those who rose too high, the ships who sailed like Icarus towards the sun.

And like him, they crashed and burned for their arrogance.”
Katherine McIntyre, The Airship Also Rises

Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
“When things go well for days on end, it is an hilarious accident.”
Kurt Vonnegut, Letters

Dejan Stojanovic
“Get out, but don't cause unneeded accidents.”
Dejan Stojanovic

“For that half-hour in the hospital delivery room I was intimate with immensity, for that half-minute before birth I held her hands and for that duration we three were undivided, I felt the blood of her pulse as we gripped hands, felt her blood beat in the rhythm that reached into the baby as she slipped into the doctor's hands, and for a few days we touched that immensity, we saw through her eyes to an immense intimacy, saw through to where she had come from, I felt important being next to her, and the feeling lasted when we entered our car for the drive home, thinking to myself that we weren't to be trusted with our baby, the feeling lasting while I measured us against the landscape, the February rain, the pewter sky, and then the rain freezing to the roadway, the warmth of the interior of the car with its unbreakable transparent sky dome and doors, until the car spun on the ice in the lane and twirled so that I could take an hour to describe how I threw up my hands in anguish as the baby slipped from her arms and whipped into the face of her mother reflected in the glass door, and she caught the baby back into her arms as the car glided to a stop in its usual place at the end of the drive, and nothing but silence and a few drops of blood at a nostril suggested that we would now be intimate with the immensities of death ("Interim")”
William S. Wilson, Why I Don't Write Like Franz Kafka

Mokokoma Mokhonoana
“We each unwittingly contribute, each and every day, to the preventions and to the causes of millions of accidents.”
Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Willa Cather
“But now that the vivid consciousness of an earlier state had come back to him, the Professor felt that life with this Kansas boy, little as there had been of it, was the realest of his lives, and that all the years between had been accidental and ordered from the outside. His career, his wife, his family, were not his life at all, but the chain of events which had happened to him. All these things had nothing to do with the person he was in the beginning.”
Willa Cather, The Professor's House

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Harm is beyond the reach of souls that see things before they happen.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, The Oneironaut’s Diary

Steven Magee
“The accident rate in professional astronomy summit workers seems unusually high.”
Steven Magee

Rao Umar Javed
“Human beings have an annoying habit of recognizing patterns in everything. We all find comfort in ways as we fear everything spontaneous. Yet, everything we do is experimental with null results, or every other innovation in life is merely an accident.”
Rao Umar Javed, Distorted Denouement

Ljupka Cvetanova
“I got married. I could happen to anyone.”
Ljupka Cvetanova, Yet Another New Land

Laurent Gaudé
“La journée telle qu’elle s’était passée, la journée telle qu’elle aurait pu se passer, les infimes et microscopiques changements qui auraient pu faire qu’elle ne se passe pas comme elle s’était passée.”
Laurent Gaudé, La Porte des Enfers

Jayne Tuttle
“God, I hope my head is not off. I hope nobody has to find my head. I hope my family doesn't have to live with that image for the rest of their lives.”
Jayne Tuttle, My Sweet Guillotine

Nickolas Butler
“How can it all be random, chance, a beautiful cosmic accident? How?”
Nickolas Butler, Little Faith

Geoffrey Blainey
“No wars are unintended or 'accidental'. What is often unintended is the length and bloodiness of the war.”
Geoffrey Blainey, The Causes of War

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