„Jobs took over. He simply came in and said, "I'm taking over Macintosh hardware; you can have software and publications." … And then a few months later Jobs said, "I'm taking over software; you can have publications." So I said, "You can have publications too," and left. That was in May of 1982. He and Markkula said, "Please don't leave. Give us another month and we'll make you an offer you can't refuse."“
— Jef Raskin American computer scientist 1943 - 2005
Programmers At Work (1986), So I gave Apple a month; they made me an offer, and I refused.
„[When asked if he is going to go to his high school reunion] "Yeah, I can't wait. I'm going to show up in a helicopter."“
— Jonathan Davis Heavy metal singer, frontman for Korn 1971
— George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950
Misattributed, Lin Yutang, The Importance of Living (1937), p. 17
„Did you know that Dimitar Berbatov learned how to speak english through the Godfather films…it was a offer he couldn't refuse“
— Simon Hill Australian television presenter 1967
Quotes from His time at Foxsports, from a "In the know" section on Manchester United
„If you ask me to continue as the Chairman of Rajya Sabha, I am not so weak as to refuse this challenge…If you ask me to go to the Rashtrapathi Bhavan, I am not so strong as to refuse this offer.“
— Zakir Hussain (politician) 3rd President of India 1897 - 1969
Quest for Truth (1999), When I. K. Gujral came to meet him at the behest of Indira Gandhi to know his mind for contesting to the post of President of India, In p. 328.
„If something just plain didn’t make sense to Alvin, he didn’t believe it, and no amount of quoting from the Bible would convince him. Now Taleswapper was telling him that he was right to refuse to believe things that made no sense.“
— Orson Scott Card American science fiction novelist 1951
The Tales of Alvin Maker, Seventh Son (1987), Chapter 10.
„God doesn't make mistakes. So if I'm supposed to die, there's a very good reason for it. I'm not going to question him. I'm just going to enjoy all these beautiful things that God created.“
— Ben Carson 17th and current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; American neurosurgeon 1951
Take The Risk (2008), p. 168
„O deary, deary me," moaned the dragon; "this is too awful. I won't see him, and that's flat. I don't want to know the fellow at all. I'm sure he's not nice. You must tell him to go away at once, please. Say he can write if he likes, but I can't give him an interview. I'm not seeing anybody at present.“
— Kenneth Grahame British novelist 1859 - 1932
Dream Days (1898), The Reluctant Dragon, The dragon to the Boy.
„If a man is offered a fact which goes against his instincts, he will scrutinize it closely, and unless the evidence is overwhelming, he will refuse to believe it. If, on the other hand, he is offered something which affords a reason for acting in accordance with his instincts, he will accept it even on the slenderest evidence. The origin of myths is explained in this way.“
— Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
1910s, Proposed Roads To Freedom (1918), Ch. VI: International relations, p. 97