I can calculate the motion of heavenly bodies, but not the madness of people.
Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat.
Unknown (disputed attribution)
When campaigning, be swift as the wind.
Sun Tzu’s The Art of War
A poem is a protest, a protest is a poem.
Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers†
† This is the way I like to remember it. Online sources note the dialogue as: “A petition is a poem, a poem is a petition.”, which in this case is provably not as memorable.
The future is known. It’s the past that keeps changing.
Famous Soviet Proverb
But the law of loving others could not be discovered by reason, because it is unreasonable.
Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina
Not everyone hits on America, who for India sets sail.
The people die fast when the money is slow.
Variant of a Song Lyric
The best way to realize the pleasure of feeling rich is to live in a smaller house than your means would entitle you to have.
A fight does not start with a referee asking if you’re ready.†
† This statement can be generalized to all of man’s struggles, not just physical altercations.
Expect the unexpected.