quotations about survival
Whatever gets you through the night.
It's alright. It's alright.
JOHN LENNON, Whatever Gets You Through the Night
We are survival machines -- robot vehicles blindly programmed to preserve the selfish molecules known as genes.
RICHARD DAWKINS, The Selfish Gene
Survival is the ability to swim in strange water.
FRANK HERBERT, Dune
On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero.
CHUCK PALAHNIUK, Fight Club
Survival often feels like an indignity.
GUILLERMO DEL TORO & CHUCK HOGAN, The Fall
Spending practically every minute of your day on pure survival is an absolutely boring life.
SAMUEL R. DELANY, Neverÿon
One observes the survivors and learns from them.
BRIAN HERBERT & KEVIN J. ANDERSON, Dune: House Atreides
There are as many ways to survive as there are survivors.
AMANDA ROBB, Good Housekeeping, April 2009
Live on, survive, for the earth gives forth wonders. It may swallow your heart, but the wonders keep on coming. You stand before them bareheaded, shriven. What is expected of you is attention.
SALMAN RUSHDIE, The Ground Beneath Her Feet
The duty of the survivor is to bear testimony to what happened ... You have to warn people that these things can happen, that evil can be unleashed. Race hatred, violence, idolatries--they still flourish.
ELIE WIESEL, "Will Hatred Ever End?", The Watchtower, June 15, 1995
Survivors can't always choose their methods.
PATRICIA BRIGGS, Dragon Blood
In the greater part of humankind there resides an instinct for survival. It is this which can clutch at straws and effect a rescue from them. It is this which can, now and then, outwit fate.
TANITH LEE, "A House on Fire", Haunts: Reliquaries of the Dead
There's more to life than just surviving ... but ... sometimes just surviving is all you get.
CHARLES DE LINT, The Onion Girl
Survival ... is an infinite capacity for suspicion.
JOHN LE CARRÉ, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy
Survival is a dying art.
BARRY DAVIES, Survival Is a Dying Art
Preparation is what we have left when the plan falls apart. Acquiring the skills necessary for survival is a part of this preparation. However, it takes much more than the knowledge and skills to build shelters, find food, make fires and travel without the aid of standard navigational devices to live successfully through a survival or evasion situation. Some people with little or no survival training have managed to survive life-threatening circumstances. Some people with survival training have not used their skills and have died. A key ingredient in any survival situation is the mental attitude of the people involved. Having survival skills and proper preparation are important. Having the will to survive is essential.
U. S. ARMY CORPS, NAVY, AND AIR FORCE, U.S. Military Pocket Survival Guide: Plus Evasion & Recovery
How much blood will you shed to stay alive?
DARREN LYNN BOUSMAN & LEIGH WHANNELL, Saw II
"We'll never survive!" "Nonsense. You're only saying that because no one ever has."
WILLIAM GOLDMAN, The Princess Bride
There walked a lonely man, silent, mute, the only man
Not knowing how, not knowing why was he the sole survivor
Why should he be alive, breathing still while others died
And the only question, why was he the sole survivor?
BLUE OYSTER CULT, "Sole Survivor", Fire of Unknown Origin
Who wants to die? Everything struggles to live. Look at that tree growing up there out of that grating. It gets no sun, and water only when it rains. It's growing out of sour earth. And it's strong because its hard struggle to live is making it strong. My children will be strong that way.
BETTY SMITH, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn