Best Quotes About Lightning

The creative act lasts but a brief moment, a lightning instant of give-and-take, just long enough for you to level the camera and to trap the fleeting prey in your little box. -Henri Cartier-Bresson

Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work. -Mark Twain

Human life is as evanescent as the morning dew or a flash of lightning. -Samuel Butler

The affections are like lightning: you cannot tell where they will strike till they have fallen. -Lee Iacocca

Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment; cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity. -Joseph Addison

If you are caught on a golf course during a storm and are afraid of lightning, hold up a 1-iron. Not even God can hit a 1-iron. -Lee Trevino

How can they beat me? I've been struck by lightning, had two back operations, and been divorced twice. -Lee Trevino

Television news is like a lightning flash. It makes a loud noise, lights up everything around it, leaves everything else in darkness and then is suddenly gone. -Hodding Carter

He must be lightning slow. -Ron Atkinson

Electricity is really just organized lightning. -George Carlin

They say marriages are made in Heaven. But so is thunder and lightning. -Clint Eastwood

Bring in the bottled lightning, a clean tumbler, and a corkscrew. -Charles Dickens

Nothing is so beautiful as spring – when weeds, in wheels, shoot long and lovely and lush; Thrush's eggs look little low heavens, and thrush through the echoing timber does so rinse and wring the ear, it strikes like lightning to hear him sing. -Gerard Manley Hopkins

The trouble ain't that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right. -Mark Twain

The lofty pine is oftenest shaken by the winds; High towers fall with a heavier crash; And the lightning strikes the highest mountain. -Horace

I am a being of Heaven and Earth, of thunder and lightning, of rain and wind, of the galaxies. -Eden Ahbez

And so, I was not a military test pilot, but as soon as NASA expressed an interest in flying scientists and people who were not military test pilots, that was an epiphany that just came like a stroke of lightning. -Story Musgrave

And when I breathed, my breath was lightning. -Black Elk

Many injuries and deaths can be prevented through an understanding of the dangers of power lines, electrical appliances, extension cords, and lightning. -Richard Neal

My dear sister, I hope, when God Almighty in his righteous providence shall take me out of time into eternity, that it will be by a flash of lightning. -James Otis

I do believe there are leaders who are like lightning and they come along and they lead. The Lincolns of the world, the Alexander the Greats, they do exist. They have existed. -Oliver Stone

Even in a less exaggerated description, any verbal account of a person is bound to find itself employing an assortment of waterfalls, lightning rods, landscapes, birds, etc. -Sergei Eisenstein

I loved being outside. We'd hold lightning bugs in our fingers and pretend they were diamond rings. -Loretta Lynn

Quick as lightning Wild Bill pulled his revolver. The stranger fell dead, shot through the brain. -Buffalo Bill

The other guys just caught lightning in a bottle with a great game. -Rick Pitino

A poet is someone who stands outside in the rain hoping to be struck by lightning. -James Dickey

I seem to be some sort of lightning rod. I just really irritate people, you know? I really do. -Howard Stern

I'm not scared of very much. I've been hit by lightning and been in the Marine Corps for four years. -Lee Trevino

I'd rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph. -Ken Kesey

The mills of God work like lightning compared with the law. -Mary Stewart

The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter – 'tis the difference between the lightning-bug and the lightning. -Mark Twain

A poet is a man who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times. -Randall Jarrell

There are only three things that can kill a farmer: lightning, rolling over in a tractor, and old age. -Bill Bryson

Genius unrefined resembles a flash of lightning, but wisdom is like the sun. -Franz Grillparzer

It is like writing history with lightning and my only regret is that it is all so terribly true. -Woodrow Wilson

You might sooner get lightning out of incense smoke than true action or passion out of your modern English religion. -John Ruskin

Nothing good bursts forth all at once. The lightning may dart out of a black cloud; but the day sends his bright heralds before him, to prepare the world for his coming. -Augustus Hare

Poetry is a sword of lightning, ever unsheathed, which consumes the scabbard that would contain it. -Percy Bysshe Shelley

Because of my political views, I've been targeted as a lightning rod, someone who's too far out there. -John Turner

We always expect tremendous criticism. It is my role to be the lightning rod … to attract the attacks against the organization for our work, and that is a difficult role. On the other hand, I get undue credit. -Julian Assange

The tension I feel is the moment they say, 'Action!' Movies are like lightning in a bottle, and you always want to find when you possibly can catch a surprising moment. -Annette Bening

The directors that I end up having a really good time with are the ones that understand the fluidity of the medium and are interested in catching lightning in a bottle. -Oliver Platt

A brain hemorrhage puts it all in a deeper perspective. I'm one of those guys hit by lightning. I see the big picture. Everything is in perspective now. Let's just say I'm the kind of guy who knows how to enjoy the moment. -Bret Michaels

When you think about rock at its origin, and you think of the Beatles and millions of kids screaming as loud as they can and running as fast as they can towards the Beatles, there's no one who is that kind of lightning rod, who commands that kind of power and has that kind of creative magma. -Jack Black

For years, I've had a hankering for the portrait of Benjamin Franklin by Joseph Duplessis. Franklin is credited with so many inventions: the postal system, lightning rods, the constitution. He was a rock star before there was such a thing. -Jon Bon Jovi

I have never made fun of religion. Religion is something I don't even want to mess with, because I am really afraid of the clouds opening up and my being struck by lightning. -Alice Cooper

If we are just specks of dust hit by lightning, if we have no spark of God in us, why not just take whatever we can and devil take the hindmost? I mean, we are fools not to do that if there is no right or wrong. -Ben Stein

The uniformity of the earth's life, more astonishing than its diversity, is accountable by the high probability that we derived, originally, from some single cell, fertilized in a bolt of lightning as the earth cooled. -Lewis Thomas

My favorite parts of work as an actor and a director are those unplanned mistakes that do happen, because it's like catching lightning in a bottle. It's the best part of what we do. -David Duchovny

I always wanted to tell the story of how Pearl Jam is the story of lightning striking twice. As well as being the flipside of the classic rock tale where great promise ends in tragedy. This is where tragedy begins great promise. -Cameron Crowe

I spend a lot of time in L.A., and when it rains there you get the entire rainfall for the year in two days, raindrops the size of mangoes. And in Barcelona, the Mediterranean storms come up from the sea, thunder and lightning; it's like the end of the world. -Carlos Ruiz Zafon

You can't just count on becoming a syndicated cartoonist. I actually tried to calculate the odds once, and the best I could come up with is a 1-in-36,000 chance. And the odds of getting hit by lightning are 1 in 7,900 – which kind of shows how long those odds are. -Stephan Pastis

I think good artists know when they're on a roll, and they recognize when lightning is striking. It's a very fortunate thing to have that inspiration and not to overanalyze it or mess with it; you just follow it if you love what you do. -Johnny Marr

Today we all are enjoying the fruits of the digital era. Millions of sources of information coming at us at lightning fast speed. That technology has also democratized the gathering and dissemination of news, allowing for 'citizen journalists' to make their mark, even usurping the role of mainstream news organizations at times. -Lester Holt

Having kids is something you can't always do. Kids are like lightning. You grab that lightning when you can get it. -John Travolta

Before 'Moonrise,' I never thought I would be in a movie where I would be struck by lightning. -Jared Gilman

I paint on the ground. I paint with sticks, with big paint cans, and whatever else falls in it. Basically, what I'm doing is capturing unbridled emotion and putting it on canvas. It's like capturing lightning in a bottle. -Richard Grieco

I think that if Shakespeare had had access to CGI, he would have used it. Imagine Lear conjuring the storm and the lightning. -Julie White

'The Karate Kid' was just lightning in a bottle. The second movie is a very worthy sequel, because you got to explore the Okinawan culture and learned about Miyagi's life. The third, as is always the case, was made because the second one made a lot of money. -Martin Kove

Today's action hero, his skills are through technology. He can fly, he can throw a bolt of lightning, he can freeze people. -Sylvester Stallone

Doing a play, you have a little bit more time, obviously. You rehearse for a month before you get up in front of people. It's a totally different energy. With film, TV, you want to try to capture lightning-in-a-bottle moments. I don't try to rehearse as much with that stuff, because you want those sparks of something to come out, if they do. -Christopher Abbott

Some calamities – the 1929 stock market crash, Pearl Harbor, 9/11 – have come like summer lightning, as bolts from the blue. The looming crisis of America's Ponzi entitlement structure is different. Driven by the demographics of an aging population, its causes, timing and scope are known. -George Will

Unfortunately, if you've ever been in southern Georgia on the beaches in a lightning storm, if you're out there, you're in great, great danger, and you can be killed very, very quickly. -Norman Schwarzkopf

Mark Twain said, 'The right word is to the nearly right word as lightning is to the lightning bug.' Fill your book with lightning. -Robert Littell

Generally, there are no lightning bolts or magical signs that tell you when it is time to get divorced. When the bad starts outweighing the good on a consistent basis, you may feel that taking the next step is appropriate. It is a very personal decision and most likely should be arrived upon with the help of some kind of counseling or support. -Laura Wasser

We're on Twitter with one side of our personality, and Facebook with another, and LinkedIn with another side of our personality, and we're toggling between them. That's just a version of what an impostor does: shifting from one side of their personality to another with lightning speed. -Walter Kirn

Both the 'Gregor' series and 'The Hunger Games' are what I call lightning-bolt ideas. There was a moment where the idea came to me. With 'The Hunger Games,' the lightning bolt sort of hit at a moment when I was channel surfing between reality TV and the coverage of the Iraq war. -Suzanne Collins

My great-grandmother grew up in a sod house in Nebraska. When she was a tiny girl – in other words, only four human generations ago – there were still enough wild bison on the Plains that she was afraid lightning storms would spook them and they would trample her home. -Derrick Jensen

I done wrestled with an alligator, I done tussled with a whale; handcuffed lightning, thrown thunder in jail; only last week, I murdered a rock, injured a stone, hospitalised a brick; I'm so mean I make medicine sick. -Muhammad Ali

The creative process is not like a situation where you get struck by a single lightning bolt. You have ongoing discoveries, and there's ongoing creative revelations. Yes, it's really helpful to be marching toward a specific destination, but, along the way, you must allow yourself room for your ideas to blossom, take root, and grow. -Carlton Cuse

Nobody sells books like J.K. Rowling. We have a rule in publishing: Never compare anything to 'Harry Potter' because it's like lightning in a bottle. -Cassandra Clare

Kindle Singles is publishing on skates. It prints like lightning; our book meets readers in hours. I've spent so many years waiting for publishers to consider whether they wanted to print a book of mine, making contracts, taking months to fit it into the Fall list or the Spring list, fitting it into an advertising plan. -Richard Bach

You are twice as likely to be struck by lightning as you around to be affected by a terrorist event in the United States. -Joe Biden

Early impressions are like glimpses seen through the window by night when lightning is about. -E. F. Benson

Poetry for me is very easy. It's like a lightning bolt. I feel this calling, and the first line of the poem comes into my head, and I just have to go to the page, to the typewriter, to the computer or whatever and write it. -Gioconda Belli

I was raised as a Catholic, but I got up to go to church because I thought I'd be hit by a bolt of lightning if I didn't. -Chuck Feeney

Mozart makes us care about people in flashes of lightning. -Simon McBurney

Global warming is the foreboding thunder in the distance. Ocean acidification is the lightning strike in our front yard, right here, right now. -David Horsey

You've probably never thought about it before unless you happen to write for a living, but professional writers are doomed to spend most of their waking hours sitting by themselves at a desk, staring at a blank computer screen and waiting for lightning to strike. -Terry Teachout

I spent the night on a sliver of rock high up on the east face of Long's Peak, climbing with Tom Frost, and slept at the icy feet of the Dru, listening to the lightning crack above me and the thunder roll down. I only did it to write about it. I would never go up on the Grotto Wall for fun. -James Salter

The severity of punishments ought to be relative to the state of the nation itself. Stronger and more easily felt impressions have to be made on a people only just out of the savage state. A lightning strike is needed to stop a fierce lion who is provoked by a gunshot. -Cesare Beccaria

The technocracy of professional sport has managed to impose a soccer of lightning speed and brute strength: a soccer that negates joy, kills fantasy and outlaws daring. -Eduardo Galeano

A good film to me is like lightning in a bottle. -Don Scardino

You might get run over; you might get hit by lightning. I mean, who knows? Each day, there is a chance you might die. And there's nothing wrong with that. Every living being on Earth is facing that same existential rift. -Alex Honnold

The script for what would eventually become my first graphic novel, 'Cairo,' sort of came to me in kind of a bolt of lightning within 24 hours of having moved to that city. Just a jumble of characters and narratives and interesting things that I was seeing and experiencing for the first time. -G. Willow Wilson

Fame and fortune are as hard to find as a lightning strike. -P. N. Elrod

Success is like a lightning bolt. It'll strike you when you least expect it, and you just have to keep the momentum going. You have to strike when the iron is hot. So for me, I just kept striking and striking to polish out the sword that I was making. -Michelle Phan

I'm a visual writer, so it's fitting that my first brush with 'Red Queen' was an image. I had the idea of a teenage girl in an arena, a bit like 'Gladiator,' and she's about to be executed. But instead of being killed, she kills her executioner with lightning. -Victoria Aveyard

I constantly have a devil on my shoulder telling me that what I'm doing is really horrible, and then somehow the lightning strike happens, and everything comes together. -Karen Elson

In thinking back to when we had our big glitch, I remember seeing it get light outside the window. We were in the clouds; I'm pretty sure we got hit by lightning. -Pete Conrad

Our family business was operating batting cages. The pitching machine spit out the balls at lightning speed. Don Drysdale, Sandy Koufax. Whitey Ford. 50 cents for 12 pitches. Of course, my mother ran the place, and I was her slave: selling candy, hosing down the street, and the most dreaded of all jobs, feeding the pitching machine with balls. -Taylor Negron

'Human Giant' was a kind of lightning in a bottle. A rare opportunity for us to write and create our own sort of thing, with very few restrictions. -Rob Huebel

Conan O'Brien's the best. I'm glad he's in L.A. because I want to move in with him. I was a guest on that show one time to promote 'Human Giant,' and he was the coolest, funniest guy. I was really impressed. He's also eight feet tall and can shoot lightning from his fingertips. -Rob Huebel

Bruce Lee was just so lightning-fast. People try to emulate him in whatever way they can, but to try and do what he was doing… you're just inspired by it; you're not trying to say, 'Look, I can do that.' No one can do what he did. -Jason Statham

With luck, you have other things to do than wait for lightning to strike. -Paul Lauterbur

I remember Ella Fitzgerald sort of coming into my life like a bolt of lightning – like, what is that? It was one of the purest examples of God in art that I'd ever seen. -Leslie Odom, Jr.

I am extremely concerned that Syrian and ISIS recruiters can use the Internet at lightning speeds to recruit followers in the United States with thousands of followers in the United States and then activate them to do whatever they want to do. -Michael McCaul

I'm 5 o'clock lightning, for sure. -Drew Pomeranz

The input of Idle No More has been a lightning rod for people who were already thinking this way. We are reaching clarities on bigger issues like fracking and GMOs and climate change. -Buffy Sainte-Marie

If a natural disaster like a flock of birds or a bolt of lightning causes a plane's engines to fail, you know what should be expected? That the pilot will keep his or her wits about them and do their best to save each and every soul on board. That's precisely what Captain 'Sully' Sullenberger and the rest of his crew did. -Mike Gallagher

One of the things about dealing with an artist is that their art is essentially – if they're successful, it's kind of lightning in a bottle. There is no formula for it. -Johnny Colt

If being the lightning rod that started the Tea Party is what's written on my tombstone, I'll be very happy. -Rick Santelli

I don't think you can catch lightning in a bottle twice. -Mark Frost

I can do lightning mathematics quicker than somebody can do them on a calculator. -Keith Barry

I think Uber is just very different; there's no model to copy. It may be the reason why we've been a lightning rod in so many ways, because we don't do anything conventional… And then I think also, as an entrepreneur, I'm a bit of a lone wolf. -Travis Kalanick

Lady Gaga is phenomenal. From the first day I met her, she was lightning in a bottle. -Troy Carter

I can't ever remember being struck by lightning when making a big decision. It's always about taking in more and more data points and making tack adjustments as you figure it out. I call customers, suppliers, industry analysts and try to get as much information as possible. -Michael Dell

When we announced that we were going to support Bitcoin companies, we became a great lightning rod for activity and fun. -Adam Draper

Innovation, like creativity, is an amorphous concept. It's the holy grail of business, but achieving it – even merely explaining it – is lightning-in-a-bottle difficult. -Adam Lashinsky

You're more likely to see someone fatally struck by lightning than witness a case of in-person voter fraud. -Tom Perez

As a pop musician, as someone who makes songs, the best ideas are the simplest. They come, and that's the lightning bolt moment. -Bryce Dessner

The fact is, I view part of what I do is, if necessary, on difficult issues, be the lightning rod. -Gary Bettman

I loved watching the base of those thunderstorms, the billowing tops of the cumulonimbus, the lightning that effortlessly lit up the lake and the sky. It was gorgeous, so energetic. I was in love. -Ginger Zee

We want to be able to fly. We want to be able to sear somebody with lightning from across the room. Those are primal desires, to shoot somebody with energy. -Bill Irwin

I've managed to catch lightning in a bottle a couple times. I'm very lucky. But I want to do this forever. I enjoy it so much. One of the challenges as an actor is to stay relevant. -Ian Ziering

Americans are struck by lightning with greater frequency than they commit voter impersonation fraud, and that's the only kind of fraud that photo ID requirements could have any hope of preventing. -Jason Kander

If you create a visual that actually captures the imagination, that's not real. It will look real, and that will spread at such lightning speed that by the time it's found out, it has already done its damage. It's a very, very scary time that we're living in. I say it's an age of absurdity. -Barry Levinson

Once you let go of the idea of waiting for a magical lightning bolt of genius to hit, you can really get to work. -Mary Pilon

I got rid of Warlock's lightning bolt because… it was a real pain to draw. -Jim Starlin

I was nearly struck by lightning on an excavation in Turkey. -Mary Beard

My momma was slick as greased lightning. She knew how to get anybody and everybody to do whatever she wanted 'em to do. -James Meredith

It's quite possible there's as much lightning on Venus as on Earth. -David Grinspoon

When I first heard Nina Simone, her naked truth shocked me. Whenever she sang, it felt like lightning bolts in my soul. Every song was like a movie, a unique and very different vignette. -Dianne Reeves

Information is lightning-quick. It crosses cities, states, and national borders in the twinkle of an eye. It passes through many kinds of devices, flowing from phone to phone and computer to computer, rather than being sealed away in those silent marble temples we used to call banks. -Sarah Jeong

A song is an emotional lightning bolt – a good one, anyway. -Mary Gauthier

Why is the sky blue? Why is the grass green? Why is metal a conductor of electricity, and wood is not, but you're more likely to be struck by lightning when standing under a tree? These are questions that require science to answer. -Gza

There were so many years that were going by at a lightning speed that it was so hard to kinda put our heads around what was happening to us. -Jay DeMarcus

Often, in books, I find female power to be cartoonish – power is a process, an evolution – it has responsibilities. It's not as simple as picking up your lightning bolt and throwing it at someone. -Deborah Harkness

I really got struck by lightning when it came to my decision to leave WWE. If I literally think about that day and who I was then, it's drastic. It almost happened overnight for me. -Cody Rhodes

Mick Jagger was a lightning bolt of strange talent sent from above. -Ryan Eggold

Johnny Blaze was my character at OVW. I had all these fancy fire catchphrases: 'Call the fire department,' 'Get your fire extinguishers out, ladies.' 'By the time you hear the thunder, it's going to be too late because the lightning will have already struck.' That was all my thing. -John Morrison

If you were to watch any of the British Bulldogs' matches against the Hart Foundation, it was lightning in a bottle, with incredible tag team competition that was ahead of its time. -Natalya Neidhart

The thing about being a striker is you need to be lightning-fast. -Peter Schmeichel

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