„There are certain types of people who are political out of a kind of religious reason […] I think it's fairly common among socialists: They are, in fact, God-seekers, looking for the kingdom of God on earth. A lot of religious reformers have been like that, too. It's the same psychological set, trying to abolish the present in favor of some better future — always taking it for granted that there is a better future. If you don't believe in heaven, then you believe in socialism. When I was in my real Communist phase, I and the people around me really believed — but, of course, this makes us certifiable — that something like 10 years after World War II, the world would be Communist and perfect.“
— Doris Lessing British novelist, poet, playwright, librettist, biographer and short story writer 1919 - 2013
quoted in "Doris Lessing on Feminism, Communism and Space Fiction" http://www.nytimes.com/books/99/01/10/specials/lessing-space.html (25 July 1982), Lesley Hazelton, New York Times Book Review
„The way to get on in the world is to be neither more nor less wise, neither better nor worse than your neighbours.“
— William Hazlitt English writer 1778 - 1830
"On Knowledge of the World"
„I believe that dreams — day dreams, you know, with your eyes wide open and your brain machinery whizzing — are likely to lead to the betterment of the world.“
— L. Frank Baum Children's writer, editor, journalist, screenwriter 1856 - 1919
Context: Some of my youthful readers are developing wonderful imaginations. This pleases me. Imagination has brought mankind through the Dark Ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity. Imagination has given us the steam engine, the telephone, the talking-machine, and the automobile, for these things had to be dreamed of before they became realities. So I believe that dreams — day dreams, you know, with your eyes wide open and your brain machinery whizzing — are likely to lead to the betterment of the world. The imaginative child will become the imaginative man or woman most apt to create, to invent, and therefore to foster civilization. A prominent educator tells me that fairy tales are of untold value in developing imagination in the young. I believe it. Introduction to The Lost Princess of Oz (1917)
„I believe that the world is a safer and a better place when the United States is the strongest military power in the world.“
— Marco Rubio U.S. Senator from state of Florida, United States; politician 1971
As quoted in Marco Rubio and Rand Paul Clash http://insider.foxnews.com/2015/11/10/marco-rubio-and-rand-paul-clash-national-security-fox-business-gop-debate (10 November 2015), by FoxNews Insider. Said during 2016 Republican Debate, Milwaukee.
— Giacomo Casanova Italian adventurer and author from the Republic of Venice 1725 - 1798