What will happen if…?


Duane Michals vs. Duane Michals

“Trust that little voice in your head that says ‘Wouldn’t it be interesting if…’; And then do it.”

Duane Michals, American photographer (1932-)

All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

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A visionary mind

Napoleon Bonaparte. Portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte 1769-1821 at the battle. Detail of a painting by Joseph Chabord 1786-1848. Museo Napoleonico, Rome Italy

“Imagination rules the world [of Abalone].”

(quoted by Las Cases in Mémorial de Sainte-Hélène *, January 7, 1816 **)

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

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If you’re an inventive player, you create more opportunities to destabilize your opponent. They will need more time to think and will become more likely to make mistakes. This will give you the upper hand in the game.

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The power of imagination

“L’imagination prend le pouvoir.”*

(Slogan de mai 68, rue de Seine, Paris, 3 mai 1968)

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* Imagination takes power.

(Parisian May 68 slogan, rue de Seine, Paris, France, May 3, 1968)

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A powerful opening for Black, played by MLA (IA) – max

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Do what you can with what you have.

April 15, 2018


Stephen Hawking

“However difficult life [or your situation] may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up.”

(Stephen Hawking at an Oxford University Union speech, 2016)

Stephen Hawking, English theoretical physicist (1942-2018)

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White is in a challenging position.

You play white. It’s your turn to move. You can’t win, but you can reach a 6-5 score (:

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A success story

January 28, 2018


French master chef Paul Bocuse, who died on 20 January 2018.

“The two secrets of a success: quality and creativity.”

Paul Bocuse, great French chef and restaurateur (1926-2018)

All quotes in the Dictionnary of quotes.

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Aba-Pro notation of this fictional game:

Belgian daisy
1.a1b2 b4c5c4 2.c2c3 a4b5 3.b2c3 b6c6 4.i8h7 i6h6 5.h7g7 g4g5 6.g8f7 g5g6 7.g9f8 b5c5 8.f8e7 h4h5 9.e7e6 h5h6 10.i9h9 g6g7 11.d4e5 i5h5 12.e6f6 d7d6 13.f5g5 e4d4 14.g5g6 c6c5 15.h9g8 c5c4 16.b3b4 c3c2 17.g8f7 d4c4 18.e5f6 c4b4 19.a2b2 c1c2 20.h8g7 a5a4 21.b5c5 a3b3 22.g7f6 d3c2 23.g6f6 b1c1 24.f7e6 b4b3 25.e6d5 c3d3 26.d6d5 d2d1 27.f6e5 d1c1 28.c5c4 c1b1

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Turbot au champagne et pommes soufflées.

Turbot in Champagne: the recipe