Quotes: Let no Crisis Go to Waste

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

Superman: You'd risk worlwide nuclear war for your own personal financial gain.
Lex: Nobody wants war. I just want to keep the threat alive.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

Well, if you listen to Beck's show, you'll first hear about how unseen forces are ready to cause the utter collapse of society, and then at the commercial break you'll be informed that he's selling emergency food kits for when the nukes inevitably start landing on American soil (just $9,500 and you can keep your family alive on freeze-dried rations all through the coming war! You love your family, right?). The other big advertiser is gold sellers, because that's what you're going to be using for currency once the government collapses (just don't ask why the sellers want to unload their gold in exchange for your soon-to-be useless American dollars).