In 1986 the science fiction magazine Analog published a variant that included an antelope instead of a gazelle. In addition, the introduction of a human character shifted the focus of the proverb [RCLA]:
A lion wakes up each morning thinking, “All I’ve got to do today is run faster than the slowest antelope.”
An antelope wakes up thinking, “All I’ve got to do today is run faster than the fastest lion.”
A human wakes up thinking, “To hell with who’s fastest, I’ll outlast the bastards.”
Doc Childre and Bruce Cryer, From Chaos to Coherence
I think rock & roll has prepared me for a lot of flexibility.
― Terry Pratchett, Moving Pictures
Be studious in your profession, and you will be learned. Be industrious and frugal, and you will be rich. Be sober and temperate, and you will be healthy. Be in general virtuous, and you will be happy. At least you will, by such conduct, stand the best chance for such consequences.
“In Panama, I found a spider that eats its own limbs during lean times. I am told they grow back. But though the distinction is razor-thin, desperation is not the same thing as determination. Nevertheless, auto-cannibalism is one the most intriguing phenomenon I have ever heard of.”
― Taona Dumisani Chiveneko, The Hangman’s Replacement: Sprout of Disruption
― Michael J. Sullivan, Percepliquis
“Having a Vision is not enough. It must be combined with imagination, determination, faith, hope and passion. It is not enough to just stare up at the stars…we must become the stars that the stars shine down on.”
― Victoria June