„Business is much less transparent than a win in a Grand Prix; in a race you drive over the finishing line first and you have won. In business it is different.“
— Niki Lauda Austrian former Formula 1 racing driver 1949 - 2019
„The race is long. It is better to drive within oneself and finish the race behind the other than it is to drive too hard and crash.“
— Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain
Zdroj: The Art of Racing in the Rain
„It isn't important who is ahead at one time or another in either an election or horse race. It's the horse that comes in first at the finish line that counts.“
— Harry Truman American politician, 33rd president of the United States (in office from 1945 to 1953) 1884 - 1972
As quoted in Bush's Brain : How Karl Rove Made George W. Bush Presidential (2003) by Wayne Slater and James Moore, p. 173
„All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.“
— John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963
1961, Inaugural Address
Kontext: If a beachhead of cooperation may push back the jungle of suspicion, let both sides join in creating a new endeavor, not a new balance of power, but a new world of law, where the strong are just and the weak secure and the peace preserved.
All this will not be finished in the first one hundred days. Nor will it be finished in the first one thousand days, nor in the life of this Administration, nor even perhaps in our lifetime on this planet. But let us begin.
„This is my driver,’ Nico said. ‘Jules-Albert finished first in the Paris–Rouen motorcar race back in 1895, but he wasn’t awarded the prize because his steam car used a stoker.“
— Rick Riordan, kniha The Blood of Olympus
Zdroj: The Blood of Olympus
— Kristin Hannah American writer 1960
Zdroj: Firefly Lane
— Richard Nixon 37th President of the United States of America 1913 - 1994
1969 note to self, as quoted in Nixon (1987) by Stephen E. Ambrose, p. 284
Varianta: A man is not finished when he is defeated. He is finished when he quits.
— Carl Levin American politician 1934
In an appearance on CNN (December 16, 2001)
— Colin Wilson, kniha The Outsider
Zdroj: The Outsider (1956), Chapter Nine, Breaking the Circuit, final sentence
„He is a driver with talent, ability and maturity, he manages to finish all his races. My record is going to be in good hands.“
— Fernando Alonso Spanish racing driver 1981
Emerson Fittipaldi, after Alonso took his record as Formula One's youngest champion. http://www.theage.com.au/news/motorsport/former-recordholder-hails-alonso/2005/09/26/1127586768600.html
„"But he doesn't finish his sentences," (he said). And they don't finish their thoughts. — To finish their thoughts. — To finish one's thought! It is a long process, it is rare. It gives intense pleasure. Because every finished thought easily enters the mind. They don't have the same need to be beautiful in order to please. It is enough for them to be finished. The situation of the soul that has had such thoughts communicates itself to other souls and transfers its repose to them.“
— Joseph Joubert French moralist and essayist 1754 - 1824
— David Lloyd George Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1863 - 1945
Interview with Roy Howard of the United Press of America (28 September 1916), quoted in The Times (29 September 1916), p. 7
Secretary of State for War
Kontext: The British soldier is a good sportsman. He enlisted in this war in a sporting spirit—in the best sense of that term. He went in to see fair play to a small nation trampled upon by a bully. He is fighting for fair play. He has fought as a good sportsman. By the thousands he has died a good sportsman. He has never asked anything more than a sporting chance. He has not always had that. When he couldn't get it, he didn’t quit. He played the game. He didn’t squeal, and he has certainly never asked anyone to squeal for him. Under the circumstances the British, now that the fortunes of the game have turned a bit, are not disposed to stop because of the squealing done by Germans or done for Germans by probably well-meaning but misguided sympathizers and humanitarians... During these months when it seemed the finish of the British Army might come quickly, Germany elected to make this a fight to a finish with England. The British soldier was ridiculed and held in contempt. Now we intend to see that Germany has her way. The fight must be to a finish—to a knock-out.
„First time's a fluke; second time's a coincidence," said Velius.
"Third time's tradition," finished Erik.“
— Alethea Kontis American writer 1976
„First, I charge a retainer; then I charge a reminder; next I charge a refresher; and then I charge a finisher.“
— Judah P. Benjamin American politician and lawyer 1811 - 1884
Response when asked how he was able to maintain his substantial income. Reported in Simon I. Neiman, Judah Benjamin (1963) p. 207.
— Malcolm Forbes American publisher 1919 - 1990
"How to Write a Business Letter" —an advertisement for International Paper Company (1979)
Kontext: Be Nice. Contrary to the cliché, genuinely nice guys most often finish first or very near it. I admit it's not easy when you've got a gripe. To be agreeable while disagreeing — that's an art.
Be natural — write the way you talk.
— Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun
Zdroj: A Raisin in the Sun
„Christ Himself was the first true Mystic. "My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me and to finish His work."“
— Florence Nightingale English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing 1820 - 1910
Notes from Devotional Authors of the Middle Ages (1873-1874)
Kontext: That Religion is not devotion, but work and suffering for the love of God; this is the true doctrine of Mystics — as is more particularly set forth in a definition of the 16th century: "True religion is to have no other will but God's." Compare this with the definition of Religion in Johnson's Dictionary: "Virtue founded upon reverence of God and expectation of future rewards and punishments"; in other words on respect and self-interest, not love. Imagine the religion which inspired the life of Christ "founded" on the motives given by Dr. Johnson!
Christ Himself was the first true Mystic. "My meat is to do the will of Him that sent me and to finish His work." What is this but putting in fervent and the most striking words the foundation of all real Mystical Religion? — which is that for all our actions, all our words, all our thoughts, the food upon which they are to live and have their being is to be the indwelling presence of God, the union with God; that is, with the Spirit of Goodness and Wisdom.