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Best Survivor Quotes

William E. Demming-(1900-1993)  Demming was a jack of all trades and master of all. He is known for engineering, professor, statistician, author, and also a  corporate consultant. Demming is perhaps best known for after WWIII helping Japan recover and become an economic superpower. In his 80’s Demming worked with Ford Motor Company and transformed their business culture.

Author’s Note-Demming’s quote emphasizes that the ability to adapt or evolve is a survival mechanism. So, if you want to survive, you must change with the times.

Viktor Emil Frankl-(1905 to 1997) Frankl was a neurologist, psychologist, and also a survivor of the Holocaust.  He was best known for the book Man’s Search For Meaning, a book written in 1946.  The main gist of  Man’s Search For Meaning was that if prisoners or others facing adverse situations have a positive outlook that the future will be better, and that you have something to live for you will have a better chance of survival.

 Author’s Note: What preppers should learn from Frankl is that positivity and belief that it will eventually get better will significantly help increase your chance of survival.  

Stephen Hawking-(1942-2018) Hawking was a physicist, cosmologist and is perhaps best known for the book a Brief History of Time.  Arguably, and unfortunately, Hawking is perhaps best known because of him being able to achieve success despite having ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, and also Hawking’s artificial voice.  Hawking was diagnosed with ALS in 1963 at the age of 21 and was given two years to live.  But, despite his disability, he lived and contributed greatly to astrophysics.

Author’s Note:  Hawking’s quote emphasizes that a positive mindset is key to survival.  Hawking could’ve given up when he was diagnosed with ALS when he was 21, and no one would’ve blamed him.  But, he didn’t feel sorry for himself and he persevered and contributed greatly to astrophysics and also popularizing science.

Jack London-(1876-1916) was an accomplished author who was born in San Francisco. He was said to be among the first writers to earn riches through his craft. London’s most famous works involve Alaska during the Klondike goldRush. His most renowned fiction included the themes of man vs. nature and man’s quest for survival.

Author’s Note:  London’s quote emphasizes that life is not fair and that you must deal with the situation that you are currently facing.  Feeling sorry for yourself won’t help you survive and if left unchecked it can kill you.

Joseph Heller-(1923-1999)-Was an American author, and WW II veteran, best known for the classic, WWII book, Catch 22. During WW II, at the age of 19, Heller enlisted in the Army Air Corps as a bombardier in the US Army Air Corps, where he flew over 60 missions. Catch-22 was biting satire and has bee rated as the 7th best book of the 20th century by the library awards. 

Author’s Note: Heller saw the horrors of war first hand in the Army Air Corps as a bomber during WW II.  Also, he knew just how dangerous any bureaucracy can be.  In my opinion, his quote emphasizes that, for survival, you need to be suspicious of everyone who can cause harm to you by either negligence or intentional harm.    This make sense because you are just as dead if a car runs over you when someone isn’t paying attention vs. an individual intentionally running into you.

Carl Sagan-(1934-1996) Sagan was a renowned astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, and astrobiologist. He is best known for hosting the PBS television series Cosmos, which covered vast areas like the life’s origin and the universe.

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