„Too many for the fruit cut down the tree,
And find their gain in world-wide misery.“

Troppi taglian la pianta per i frutti,
E traggono lor pro dal mal di tutti.
Stornelli Politici, "Gaetano Semenza", II.
Translation reported in Harbottle's Dictionary of quotations French and Italian (1904), p. 428.

Original

Troppi taglian la pianta per i frutti, E traggono lor pro dal mal di tutti.

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„Besides, it is written that the tree shall be known by its fruits. The Church has borne too many evil fruits for there not to have been some mistake at the beginning.“

—  Simone Weil, Letter to a Priest

Section 9
Letter to a Priest (1951)
Kontext: Besides, it is written that the tree shall be known by its fruits. The Church has borne too many evil fruits for there not to have been some mistake at the beginning. Europe has been spiritually uprooted, cut off from that antiquity in which all the elements of our civilization have their origin; and she has gone about uprooting the other continents from the sixteenth century onwards. Missionary zeal has not Christianized Africa, Asia and Oceania, but has brought these territories under the cold, cruel and destructive domination of the white race, which has trodden down everything. It would be strange, indeed, that the word of Christ should have produced such results if it had been properly understood.

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„We smile at the ignorance of the savage who cuts down the tree in order to reach its fruit; but the same blunder is made by every person who is overeager and impatient in the pursuit of pleasure.“

—  William Ellery Channing United States Unitarian clergyman 1780 - 1842

Philip Nicholas Shuttleworth (1782–1842) http://openlibrary.org/a/OL4475476A/Philip-Nicholas-Shuttleworth, bishop of Chichester, in an address "Christ's Yoke Easy and Burden Light", published in The Sunday Library; or, The Protestant's Manual for the Sabbath-day (1831) http://books.google.com/books?id=sd0EAAAAQAAJ by Thomas Frognall Dibdin; this seems to have become misattributed to Channing in A Dictionary of Thoughts (1908) by Tryon Edwards
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„Nixon is the kind of politician who would cut down a redwood tree, then mount the stump for a speech on conservation.“

—  Adlai Stevenson mid-20th-century Governor of Illinois and Ambassador to the UN 1900 - 1965

Quoted in The Fine Art of Political Wit by Leon Harris (1964)

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„While bringing about reforms and improving institutions, we have to be cautious that while shaking the tree to remove the bad fruit, we do not bring down the tree itself.“

—  Pratibha Patil 12th President of India 1934

Quoted in BBC News, "India President Pratibha Patil cautions on reform" http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-16724191, January 25, 2012.

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„A political country is like an American forest; you have only to cut down the old trees, and immediately new trees come up to replace them.“

—  Walter Bagehot, buch The English Constitution

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„Learn to eat of the tree of Knowledge, and of the tree of Life enjoy the fruit.“

—  Theodor Reuss German singer 1855 - 1923

IV. Defense and Support : Building blocks for the O.T.O. Temple
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Kontext: Closing Word
Learn to eat of the tree of Knowledge, and of the tree of Life enjoy the fruit. Seek both within yourself, and so you recognize them and know their place, you are come to the highest rung of the 12 step ladder.
Through this will the Divine-Love be awoken that does not have a place in the twisted minds of men, but dwells in his heart, from which the salvational current will be born which gives us the vision of the eternal light and annihilates all falsity.
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„Southern trees bear a strange fruit
Blood on the leaf and blood at the root
Black bodies swingin’ in the southern breeze
Strange fruit hangin’ in the poplar trees.“

—  Billie Holiday American jazz singer and songwriter 1915 - 1959

"Strange Fruit" (1939). Though Holiday's renditions made this anti-lynching song famous, it was written by Abel Meeropol (using his pseudonym "Lewis Allen").
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„Grace will ever speak for itself and be fruitful in well-doing; the sanctified cross is a fruitful tree.“

—  Samuel Rutherford Scottish Reformed theologian 1600 - 1661

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„The first of men did no more than take the fruit of the tree, and that, we are told, was sin. Modern humanity "tortures the tree in order the sooner to obtain its fruit."“

—  Charles Baudouin French-Swiss psychoanalyst 1893 - 1963

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„Saddam was the creation of outsiders. He was created, strengthened, and kept by international force. He is like a man on a tree and the tree will be cut: he will fall down. The formation of a new front will inspire the Iraqi people to intensify the struggle, to give heart to people who before were faced with the whole world supporting Saddam.“

—  Jalal Talabani Iraqi politician 1933 - 2017

Statement made as the then-General Secretary of the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan (PKU), on Iraqi opposition leaders — reported in George D. Moffett III (September 20, 1990) "Iraqi Exiles Make a Try at Unity - Saddam's isolation spurs varied opponents to shelve differences and plot his overthrow", Christian Science Monitor, p. 4.

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„Just as a tree cut down, that fell
To north, or southward, there it lies:
So man departs to heaven or hell,
Fix'd in the state wherein he dies.“

—  Isaac Watts English hymnwriter, theologian and logician 1674 - 1748

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„If trees could scream, would we be so cavalier about cutting them down? We might, if they screamed all the time, for no good reason.“

—  Jack Handey American comedian 1949

Deep Thoughts: Inspiration for the Uninspired (1992), Berkley Books, ISBN 0-425-13365-6

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—  Sören Kierkegaard Danish philosopher and theologian, founder of Existentialism 1813 - 1855

1840s, The Journals of Søren Kierkegaard, 1840s
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