„We Americans are idealists. We are willing to follow the truth solely because it is the truth. We put our main emphasis on the things which are spiritual. While we possess an unsurpassed skill in marshaling and using the material resources of the world, still the nation has not sought for wealth and power as an end but as a means to a higher life.“

—  Calvin Coolidge, 1920s, Authority and Religious Liberty (1924)
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„We have not put our trust in Kings; let us not put it in natural resources, but grasp the truth that exhaustless wealth lies in the latent and as yet undeveloped capacities of individuals, of corporations, of States.“

—  Harrington Emerson American efficiency engineer and business theorist 1853 - 1931
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„Nature is one. There is only one truth in life. We have a single universe, which has a sole creator.“

—  Amitabh Bachchan Indian actor 1942
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„We must not think, "Well, we have all the truth, we understand the main pillars of our faith, and we may rest on this knowledge." The truth is an advancing truth, and we must walk in the increasing light.“

—  Ellen G. White American author and founder/leader of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church 1827 - 1915
The Review and Herald (27 March 1890); also in Counsels for Writers and Editors http://books.google.de/books?id=UEM4uBD04asC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Counsels+to+writers+and+editors&cd=1#v=onepage&q&f=false (1946), p. 33; also in Evangelism http://books.google.de/books?id=gsy20ga71LEC&printsec=frontcover&dq=Ellen+Gould+Harmon+White+Evangelism&cd=1#v=onepage&q&f=false (1946), p. 296; also in 1888 - The Ellen G. White 1888 Materials (1987), Ch. 64, p. 547.

„If we judge by wealth and power, our times are the best of times; if the times have made us willing to judge by wealth and power, they are the worst of times.“

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„All the truths taken together make only one truth. I had had to wait until that day to learn this simple thing. It was this truth of truths which I needed.
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—  Henri Barbusse French novelist 1873 - 1935
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„Let us remember that we can do these things not just because of wealth or power, but because of who we are: one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.“

—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
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„The frontier of the higher life is everywhere contiguous to the common life, and we can cross the border at any moment. The higher life is as real as the grosser things in which we put our trust. But our eyes must be anointed so that we may see it.“

—  Felix Adler German American professor of political and social ethics, rationalist, and lecturer 1851 - 1933
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„In practical life we are compelled to follow what is most probable ; in speculative thought we are compelled to follow truth.“

—  Baruch Spinoza, The Letters
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