(Martina Navratilova (b. 1957), U.S. tennis player; born in Czechoslovakia. As quoted in USA Today, p. 3C (June 29, 1994).
On advancing to the women's singles semifinal round at Wimbledon, the world's oldest and most prestigious major international tennis tournament. Navratilova had won the Wimbledon singles title a record nine times, but at this point, she had slipped from top ranking, and she was clearly in the twilight of her career. She had already announced that she would retire at the end of the year. She went on to win the semifinal round and lose in the final, performing far better than most people had expected.)
The American Dream, the idea of the happy ending, is an avoidance of responsibility and commitment.
(Jill Robinson (b. 1936), U.S. novelist. As quoted in American Dreams, book 1 part 1, by Studs Terkel (1980).
The daughter of movie producer Dore Schary, Robinson had grown up in Hollywood and was referring obliquely to the movie industry's preference for happy endings.)
Every dream is a prophecy: every jest is an earnest in the womb of Time.
(George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (First produced 1904). Father Keegan, in John Bull's Other Island, act 4, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 2, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1971).)