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Happiness is an accident of nature, a beautiful and flawless aberration Pat Conroy, author
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I never did anything worth doing by accident, nor did any of my inventions come by accident; they came by work. Plato, philosopher
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More things in politics happen by accident or exhaustion than happen by conspiracy. Jeff Greenfield, journalist
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Since you cannot do good to all, you are to pay special attention to those who, by the accidents of time, or place, or circumstances, are brought into closer connection with you. Augustine of Hippo, philosopher
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The fear of death is the most unjustified of all fears, for there's no risk of accident for someone who's dead. Albert Einstein, physicist
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The theater is so endlessly fascinating because it's so accidental. It's so much like life. Arthur Miller, playwright
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What you are, you are by accident of birth; what I am, I am by myself. There are and will be a thousand princes; there is only one Beethoven. Ludwig van Beethoven, composer
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A weak man is just by accident. A strong but non-violent man is unjust by accident. Mahatma Gandhi, leader
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You don't just accidentally show up in the World Series. Derek Jeter, athlete
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I am an American, not by accident of birth but by choice. I voted with my feet and became an American because I love this country and think it is exceptional. Fareed Zakaria, journalist
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A beautiful lady is an accident of nature. A beautiful old lady is a work of art. Louis Nizer, lawyer
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I am First Lady by accident. I was not elected by the people but here I am. Imelda Marcos, celebrity
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Man never legislates, but destinies and accidents, happening in all sorts of ways, legislate in all sorts of ways. Plato, philosopher
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Michael Jackson is the ultimate traffic accident. People can't take their eyes off him. Jeff Zucker, businessman
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There is no city in America that has reduced crime as much as we have in the last three years. This is not the product of accident. This is the product of design. Rudy Giuliani, politician
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We cannot have peace if we are only concerned with peace. War is not an accident. It is the logical outcome of a certain way of life. If we want to attack war, we have to attack that way of life. A. J. Muste, activist
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I can't sprinkle sprinkles on. I lose control when I have sprinkles. I'm shaky. I still remember the great sprinkle accident of 1982. Ryan Stiles, actor
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Canadians can easily 'pass for American' as long as we don't accidentally use metric measurements or apologize when hit by a car. Doug Coupland, author
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I want to be remembered for the work that I've done, rather than the car accidents that I've gotten into, the men that I've not dated - or the man that I have. Lindsay Lohan, actress
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A relationship is sent by God and accident. Fiona Shaw, actress
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That's absolutely correct and in addition to that life just isn't an accident of the laws of physics. There's a long list of experiments that suggest just the opposite. Robert Lanza, scientist
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I might act like it's an accident but the opposite is true. I'm incredibly calculated when it comes to my career. Eva Mendes, actress
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But I've never felt objectified. Nothing you see me do is an accident. Eva Mendes, actress
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I really feel that if it wasn't for the accident, I'd still be fighting. I would have handled some of these fighters. I would have made sure that the doctors would have declared me physically sound; and after that, I would have trained. Roberto Duran, athlete
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I think one game we played the Oakland Raiders and Jack Tatum and I had an accident on the one-yard line. The only thing that Jack Tatum didn't do was wrap me up so I backed into the endzone backwards. Earl Campbell, athlete
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The next time someone uses denial of citizenship as a weapon or brandishes the special status conferred upon him by the accident of birth, ask him this: What have you done lately to earn it? Eric Liu, writer
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I want to help others 'think first' before diving into a pool or lake to prevent these types of life-changing accidents. I know I'm in a very fortunate minority and hope my story inspires both adults and children to be more careful. Brooke Burns, actress
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If I have a drink in my hand, sometimes it accidentally falls in the direction of the person. Jorja Fox, actress
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Um, accidents happen. Especially if there's a co-star that you're not that fond of - you might 'accidentally' deck him. But no, I'm a professional. I'm just saying that can happen. Timothy Olyphant, actor
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I used to stay up at night and sneak into the TV room, past my parents, who were asleep, to watch Saturday Night's 'Main Event.' That's how I started watching SNL. On accident. Andy Samberg, comedian
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My sporting hero was Drazen Petrovic, the NBA basketball player, who was killed in a car accident in 1993. He was a good friend, an unbelievable player, and I dedicated my Wimbledon win to him. Goran Ivanisevic, athlete
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Gravity is a contributing factor in nearly 73 percent of all accidents involving falling objects. Dave Barry, journalist
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Love is much nicer to be in than an automobile accident, a tight girdle, a higher tax bracket or a holding pattern over Philadelphia. Judith Viorst, author
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Name the greatest of all inventors. Accident. Mark Twain, author
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I like mathematics because it is not human and has nothing particular to do with this planet or with the whole accidental universe - because, like Spinoza's God, it won't love us in return. Bertrand Russell, philosopher
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I don't like to hurt people, I really don't like it at all. But in order to get a red light at the intersection, you sometimes have to have an accident. Jack Anderson, journalist
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I've had a tough time learning how to act like a congressman. Today I accidentally spent some of my own money. Joseph P. Kennedy, diplomat
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Dad, I'm in some trouble. There's been an accident and you're going to hear all sorts of things about me from now on. Terrible things. Edward Kennedy, politician
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It's no accident many accuse me of conducting public affairs with my heart instead of my head. Well, what if I do? Those who don't know how to weep with their whole heart don't know how to laugh either. Golda Meir, leader
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Accidents, try to change them - it's impossible. The accidental reveals man. J. B. Priestley, writer
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The greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth and have it found out by accident. Charles Lamb, critic
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The buffalo isn't as dangerous as everyone makes him out to be. Statistics prove that in the United States more Americans are killed in automobile accidents than are killed by buffalo. Art Buchwald, journalist
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Quality is never an accident. It is always the result of intelligent effort. John Ruskin, writer
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Life is a gamble. You can get hurt, but people die in plane crashes, lose their arms and legs in car accidents; people die every day. Same with fighters: some die, some get hurt, some go on. You just don't let yourself believe it will happen to you. Muhammad Ali, boxer
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Members of the U.S. House and the U.S. Senate are not there by accident. Each managed to get there for some reason. Learn what it was and you will know something important about them, about our country and about the American people. Donald Rumsfeld, politician
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Spike Lee is obviously more stupid than anyone can be by accident. Dick Armey, politician
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Never insult anyone by accident. Robert A. Heinlein, writer
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Be Prepared... the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise. Robert Baden-Powell, soldier
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We are drawn to our television sets each April the way we are drawn to the scene of an accident. Vincent Canby, critic
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We are glorious accidents of an unpredictable process with no drive to complexity, not the expected results of evolutionary principles that yearn to produce a creature capable of understanding the mode of its own necessary construction. Stephen Jay Gould, scientist
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The weather here is gorgeous. It's mild and feels like it's in the eighties. The hot dog vendors got confused because of the weather and thought it was spring, so they accidentally changed the hot dog water in their carts. David Letterman, comedian
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Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, and riches take wings. Only one thing endures and that is character. Horace Greeley, editor
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I didn't get to the Senate by accident. John Edwards, politician
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Nothing is accidental in the universe - this is one of my Laws of Physics - except the entire universe itself, which is Pure Accident, pure divinity. Joyce Carol Oates, novelist
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All great work is preparing yourself for the accident to happen. Sidney Lumet, director
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In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way. Franklin D. Roosevelt, president
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The Act of God designation on all insurance policies; which means, roughly, that you cannot be insured for the accidents that are most likely to happen to you. Alan Coren, writer
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If I hurt someone, if I were to accidentally poke someone's eye out, I would laugh. And then I'd say, 'I'm sorry, I really do feel bad,' but then I'm on the floor rolling. Rachel McAdams, actress
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To cement a new friendship, especially between foreigners or persons of a different social world, a spark with which both were secretly charged must fly from person to person, and cut across the accidents of place and time. Cornelia Otis Skinner, actress
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I started playing guitar kind of by accident. Ryan Cabrera, musician
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Change should be a friend. It should happen by plan, not by accident. Phil Crosby, businessman
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Nine years after I had my own accident, I find that in trying to go back to doing those things that I used to do just doesn't fit. Everything seems to just fall apart. I don't know why but I think it is because I am this new creature. Ben Vereen, actor
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I wish, naturally to prevent the possibility that someone may write an accidental, superficial, incomplete and perhaps untrue picture of me. Conrad Veidt, actor
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If we get in an accident that's strong enough to break bones, it's going to break bones. What makes me a little bit higher risk is that if I break my right ankle again, I've got a bunch of screws and plates in there, and that would not be good. Al Unser, athlete
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Noble bold is an accident of fortune; noble actions characterize the great. Carlo Goldoni, playwright
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I'm simply an accident. Why take it all so seriously? Emile M. Cioran, philosopher
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It will no longer be war that is the continuation of politics by other means, it will be what I have dubbed 'the integral accident' that is the continuation of politics by other means. Paul Virilio, writer
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I tended to faint when I saw accident victims in the emergency ward, during surgery, or while drawing blood. Michael Crichton, author
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The whole thing about making films in an organic film on location is that it's not all about characters, relationships and themes, it's also about place and the poetry of place. It's about the spirit of what you find, the accidents of what you stumble across. Mike Leigh, director
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Art doesn't just happen by accident. It is about pulling out new tricks and trying new things. Nicholas Meyer, writer
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I don't want to die in a car accident. When I die it'll be a glorious day. It'll probably be a waterfall. River Phoenix, actor
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There are hundreds of millions of gun owners in this country, and not one of them will have an accident today. The only misuse of guns comes in environments where there are drugs, alcohol, bad parents, and undisciplined children. Period. Ted Nugent, musician
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Since my accident I am a little more mindful of the suffering of other people. George C. Wallace, politician
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When there is an accident involving fire, in most cases death is caused by the inhalation of the toxic smoke. What we need is air to go to a driver for 45 seconds. I'm surprised that this is not done, and I would make it compulsory. Jackie Stewart, athlete
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I was an accidental actor. I was never formally trained. David Soul, actor
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ER was one of my favourites. I played a car accident victim who has leukemia. I got to wear a neck brace and nose tubes for the two days I worked. Dakota Fanning, actress
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I believe that before anybody makes the journey to the other side, we have to know on a soul level that we are leaving, whether it's an accident or illness, and we prepare ourselves to a certain degree that we won't be there in the future. John Edward, entertainer
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The concept of reason itself appears as an artificial attempt to separate intellectual powers from the frustrations, emotions, and accidents which cause events; the concept of reason is viewed as facade to prevent change. Edward Levi, public servant
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Besides alligators, the only animals to be feared are the poisonous serpents. These are certainly common enough in the forest, but no fatal accident happened during the whole time of my residence. Henry Walter Bates, environmentalist
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It's going to be a season with lots of accidents, and I'll risk saying that we'll be lucky if something really serious doesn't happen. Ayrton Senna, celebrity
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The invention of basketball was not an accident. It was developed to meet a need. Those boys simply would not play 'Drop the Handkerchief.' James Naismith, inventor
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But I have always - ever since The Accidental Woman - written novels about individuals attempting to make choices in the context of situations over which they have no control. Jonathan Coe, novelist
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In real life, one of my friends was killed in a car accident during our sophomore year. Beverley Mitchell, actress
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Even though things happen by accident, you also unconsciously choose things that help you. Nastassja Kinski, actress
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Fortuitous circumstances constitute the moulds that shape the majority of human lives, and the hasty impress of an accident is too often regarded as the relentless decree of all ordaining fate. Olympia Brown, activist
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A true history of human events would show that a far larger proportion of our acts are the result of sudden impulse and accident than of that reason of which we so much boast. Peter Cooper, inventor
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And more importantly, I wouldn't be the person I am today, I wouldn't be where I am now and I may not even have been here if it wasn't for the accident. Rick Allen, drummer
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Yes, of course that's true but you know, the irony of all that is that before the accident, I'd pretty much lost interest in playing drums. Rick Allen, drummer
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Before my accident I was a little too... selfish and self-absorbed and for me, to now be at the place where I can kinda give back and inspire people. I'm blessed. I'm really blessed. Rick Allen, drummer
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A healthy human environment is one in which we try to make sense of our limits, of the accidents that can always befall us and the passage of time which inexorably changes us. Rowan Williams, theologian
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Without history we are the prisoners of the accident of where and when we were born. Donald Kagan, historian
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The last three books are much more a case of a moment of history, what happened almost by accident or coincidence, like being in the same elevator or lifeboat. Michael Ondaatje, author
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New developments in weapon systems during the 1950s and early 1960s created a situation that was most dangerous, and even conducive to accidental war. Herman Kahn, scientist
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It is no accident that I made Cartoon Town a simple little village - in many ways it mirrored my home town. And, yes, many of my puppet characters took on some of the more eccentric characteristics of people I knew there. William Jackson,
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So be it. God created profoundly fallible creatures on this earth, and human history is mostly the story of error and accident. Michael Ledeen, writer
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Illinois then had no legislation providing compensation for accident or disease caused by occupation. Alice Hamilton, scientist
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Now it is established in the sciences that no knowledge is acquired save through the study of its causes and beginnings, if it has had causes and beginnings; nor completed except by knowledge of its accidents and accompanying essentials. Avicenna, philosopher
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I personally do not write highbrow music. If I do, it's by accident. Gordon Getty, businessman
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Well, it was kind of an accident, because plastic is not what I meant to invent. I had just sold photograph paper to Eastman Kodak for 1 million dollars. Leo Baekeland, inventor
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I don't think it's by accident that I was first attracted to translating two French women poets. Marilyn Hacker, poet
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Since the Columbia accident, the Russian space agency, or the Russian space program, has been literally carrying the load bringing us all the supplies we need on the Progress vehicle, smaller amounts on the Soyuz vehicles. John L. Phillips, astronaut
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Sometimes movie-making happens like clockwork; other times, like a car accident. Eric Roberts, actor
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Normally, the same strange impulse which brings a crowd to an accident is present in the reaction to a concert in which something goes wrong. Lara St. John, musician
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However, the thought hit me that this was a pretty pathetic way to kick the bucket - being accidentally poisoned during a photo shoot, of all things - and I started weeping at the idiocy of it all. Lara St. John, musician
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So that is how I ended up with those two titles, I like Accidentally on Purpose better - it is how we work in our trade - is it really an accident, or is there a thread of destiny in there? That was the intention, I am not sure I found out. Michael York, actor
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I have deposited some of my journals here for fear of accidents. William John Wills, scientist
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My parents certainly didn't have anything to do with the theater. I'm some kind of accident. Alan Rickman, actor
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Talent is an accident of genes - and a responsibility. Alan Rickman, actor
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There are certain things people always bring up with me. The accident. The drugs. And how tight my pants were. Leif Garrett, musician
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The Communist regime didn't consider this to be a shining moment in history and assigned no heroism to it. They classified it as merely an accident. Kathryn Bigelow, director
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No, I think most astronauts recognize that the space shuttle program is very high-risk, and are prepared for accidents. Sally Ride, astronaut
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After the Challenger accident, NASA put in a lot of time to improve the safety of the space shuttle to fix the things that had gone wrong. Sally Ride, astronaut
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The space shuttle is a better and safer rocket than it was before the Challenger accident. Sally Ride, astronaut
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In fact, I heard Bird first, and had got well into listening to him. You know, it's the kind of accidental thing that awareness of a player is: what's available, what somebody happens to play for you. Gerry Mulligan, musician
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Well, we all are what we are, I guess you might say by an accident of birth. Wilford Brimley, actor
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Also, if you have an accident, you can't start to dance again at the top, you're too weak; you start with the easy things - the way you did them when you were young, and come up up up, the way you did then. Ninette de Valois, dancer
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None of the modes by which a magistrate is appointed, popular election, the accident of the lot, or the accident of birth, affords, as far as we can perceive, much security for his being wiser than any of his neighbours. Thomas Babington Macaulay, poet
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When motherhood becomes the fruit of a deep yearning, not the result of ignorance or accident, its children will become the foundation of a new race. Margaret Sanger, activist
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Why is it that men who can go through severe accidents, air raids, and any other major crisis always seems to think that they are at death's door when they have a simple head cold? Shirley Booth, actress
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They were very generous with me. Everybody was willing to talk about their particular accident, what they had to deal with and how they got back in touch with their competitors' spirit. Gregory Hines, actor
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It is not accidental that all phenomena of human life are dominated by the search for daily bread - the oldest link connecting all living things, man included, with the surrounding nature. Ivan Pavlov, psychologist
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After the accident Black Sheep was pretty much at an end. Lou Gramm, musician
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I would not wish to imply that most industrial accidents are due to intemperance. But, certainly, temperance has never failed to reduce their number. William Lyon Mackenzie King, politician
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My first acting job happened by accident when I was really young. I was in fifth grade and my teacher saw an ad in the paper and took me to the audition after school and I got the part. Ajay Naidu, actor
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The recent history of Ukraine is replete with dead journalists, beaten journalists, news agencies being shut down, and politicians being injured or killed. Most are killed in mysterious auto accidents. Bob Schaffer, politician
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You have to know how to use the accident, how to recognise it, how to control it, and ways to eliminate it so that the whole surface looks felt and born all at once. Helen Frankenthaler, artist
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Every job I've ever gotten has been an accident. All the jobs I actually go after, I don't get. Moon Unit Zappa, musician
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It's no accident that Tony Hopkins is a wonderful film actor. Shirley Knight, actress
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As a footballer I can't imagine life without the use of one of my legs... Sadly this is exactly what happens to thousands of children every year when they accidentally step on a landmine. Ryan Giggs, athlete
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Success is not a lucky break. It is not a divine right. It is not an accident. Success is a choice. Rick Pitino,
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