„I am not ashamed of my grandparents for having been slaves. I am only ashamed of myself for having at one time been ashamed.“

—  Ralph Ellison, buch Invisible Man

Quelle: Invisible Man (1952), Chapter 1.

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Ralph Ellison
amerikanischer Autor 1914 - 1994

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„For the first time, I am ashamed to be a German.“

—  Wilhelm II, German Emperor German Emperor and King of Prussia 1859 - 1941

In regard to Adolf Hitler's Kristallnacht (November 1938); as quoted in Our German Cousins: Anglo-German Relations in the 19th and 20th Centuries (1974) by John Mander, p. 219

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„I learn by doing, but each time I don’t understand, I will ask… If I don’t understand, I don’t feel ashamed to ask questions.“

—  Sukanto Tanoto Indonesian businessman 1949

Keynote speech, Wharton Global Modular Course, May 25, 2015. http://www.inside-rge.com/Sukanto-Tanoto-Entrepreneur-Journey-1

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„I would like to state at this time that I am not now and have never been… a member of the Boy Scouts of America.“

—  Tom Lehrer American singer-songwriter and mathematician 1928

Introduction to "Be Prepared"
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„I have been accused of a habit of changing my opinions … I am not myself in any degree ashamed of having changed my opinions. What physicist who was already active in 1900 would dream of boasting that his opinions had not changed during the last half century? In science men change their opinions when new knowledge becomes available; but philosophy in the minds of many is assimilated rather to theology than to science. … The kind of philosophy that I value and have endeavoured to pursue is scientific, in the sense that there is some definite knowledge to be obtained and that new discoveries can make the admission of former error inevitable to any candid mind. For what I have said, whether early or late, I do not claim the kind of truth which theologians claim for their creeds. I claim only, at best, that the opinion expressed was a sensible one to hold at the time when it was expressed. I should be much surprised if subsequent research did not show that it needed to be modified. I hope, therefore, that whoever uses this dictionary will not suppose the remarks which it quotes to be intended as pontifical pronouncements, but only as the best I could do at the time towards the promotion of clear and accurate thinking. Clarity, above all, has been my aim.“

—  Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970

Preface to The Bertrand Russell Dictionary of Mind, Matter and Morals (1952) edited by Lester E. Denonn

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