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Quotes: Let no Crisis Go to Waste

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"If you wanna make a friend, solve a problem for them. No problem to solve? Create one."
Burn Notice, "Breaking and Entering"

These are unstable times for the republic, Anakin. Some see instability as an opportunity.
- Palpatine, from a deleted scene from Star Wars : Revenge of the Sith

Hurricane Katrina has just hit New Orleans, what do you do? If you said "privatize public schools", you might just be a conservative.
- from The Shock Doctrine: The Rise of Disaster Capitalism by Naomi Klein

One thing Harry had taught me was that, when you had multiple problems, you might also have multiple solutions.
Molly Carpenter in the short story Bombshells

"Ladies and gentlemen, this is not my doing! These robots are Dr. Light's creations. This proves he's had evil designs on the world all this time! I, Dr. Wily, have created my own robots to stop Dr. Light. But only your donations can help me complete them."
Dr. Wily, Mega Man 9

Chaos isn't a pit. Chaos is a ladder.
Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish, Game of Thrones

Tattletale: Funny.
Skitter: What?
Tattletale: Aside from Grue and maybe Faultline, everyone’s already plotting how they can use this situation to their advantage, or fuck over the others.
Tattletale and Skitter discuss this trope, Worm, Hive 5.1

Lisa: Look on the bright side, Dad. Did you know that the Chinese use the same word for "crisis" as they do for "opportunity"?
Homer: Yes! Cris-atunity.

    real life 
“Collective fear stimulates herd instinct, and tends to produce ferocity toward those who are not regarded as members of the herd.
Bertrand Russell, Unpopular Essays

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

"If you can convince the lowest white man he's better than the best colored man, he won't notice you're picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he'll empty his pockets for you."

“It has a disastrous effect on social cohesion and a tremendous effect on inequality. Well-being has fallen all across Europe. One symptom is the rise of extremist political parties.
Jean-Paul Fitoussi on the Eurozone crisis

"It's kind of a running joke on the show that every time they run across a seemingly stable/peaceful community, it always turns out to be a nightmarish hellhole behind the scenes...You know why ISIS rose to power? Because they swept into regions with no strong central government and quickly organized one — ISIS will establish a police force, pay municipal workers, and even direct traffic. They're filling a vacuum."
Cracked, "Four Reasons The Walking Dead Hates Humans More Than Zombies"

"Suppose somebody were to write a book about German history and say, 'Well, look, Hitler and his advisors certainly perceived their position as defensive'—which is absolutely true: Germany was under 'attack' by the Jews, remember. Go back and look at the Nazi literature, they had to defend themselves from the virus; this bacillus that was eating away at the core of modern civilization—and you've got to defend yourself, after all. And they were under 'attack' by the Czechs, and by the Poles, and by European encirclement...I'm sure that if we had records from Genghis Khan we would find that what he was doing was 'defensive', too."
Noam Chomsky, Understanding Power

To be attacked by the enemy is not a bad Thing, but a good thing.
— The Selected Works of Mao Tse-tung

It's now a very good day to get out anything we want to bury.
Jo Moore, UK PR agent, Sept. 11, 2001

Richard Clarke, National Coordinator for Security, Infrastructure Protection, and Counter-terrorism, Sept 12, 2001
Never let a crisis go to waste. They are opportunities to do big things.
Rahm Emanuel, Chief of Staff to U.S. President Obama