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"

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

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"

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

[Hideiki] Tojo and his cartel led Japan into dishonor, war and disaster via censorship, lies and induced panic, gross human rights abuses, propaganda and mind manipulation in a totalitarian manner. It lead Japan into WW2. Look at the 00s decade, do you see a parallel? What have we learned, Charlie Brown?

It’s one thing to take a stand and speak for 20+ hours in order to fight for something you believe in: civil rights, an oil pipeline, prevention of an air strike, etc. But Cruz is different because he’s fighting for nothing. He’s taking a stand against taking stands. He’s the guy at your office who pooh-poohs the group takeout order and then offers no alternative joint to order from. Cruz is part of an aggressively nihilistic group of politicians whose sole aim is to not do anything and to prevent anyone else from doing anything. They are governmental malware.
Drew Magary on Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Make It Stop

In any case, don’t cry for Andy Wakefield, antivaccinationists. He appears to be doing just fine. At today’s currency conversion rate, he’s making close to $280,000 a year selling woo to desperate parents and managing to garner creampuff “investigations” on national TV here in the U.S. Even if the GMC ultimately decides that Wakefield has committed professional misconduct (which, from its ruling, it seems to me that he has), none of that will change. In fact, as I’ve speculated before, he will likely become even more credible to the anti-vaccine movement, because it will see him as a martyred prophet, having suffered for the faith–having suffered “for autistic children.” Mark my words, the GMC is about to do Andrew Wakefield one of the biggest favors possible... In the meantime, while Third World countries clamor for life-saving vaccines and Bill Gates pledges $10 billion to bring vaccines to the world, here in the developed world we have men like Andrew Wakefield feeding an irrational fear of vaccines that threatens to reverse all the progress of the last few decades.
Orac, "The Martyrdom of St. Andy"