„"It is more than a crime; it is a political fault," —words which I record, because they have been repeated and attributed to others.“

Memoirs of Fouché. Commonly quoted, "It is worse than a crime,—it is a blunder", and attributed to Talleyrand; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

Letzte Aktualisierung 22. Mai 2020. Geschichte
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Joseph Fouché1
französischer Polizeiminister vor und nach der Revolution, … 1759 - 1820

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„I hope that I will be the last victim in China's long record of treating words as crimes.“

—  Liu Xiaobo Chinese literary critic, writer, professor, and human rights activist 1955 - 2017

NPR http://www.npr.org/2012/02/16/146988012/liu-xiaobo-no-enemies-no-hatred-only-courage - "Liu Xiaobo: 'No Enemies, No Hatred,' Only Courage" 16 Feb. 2012
Kontext: I hope that I will be the last victim in China's long record of treating words as crimes. Free expression is the base of human rights, the root of human nature and the mother of truth. To kill free speech is to insult human rights, to stifle human nature and to suppress truth.

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„The central assertion of this view, I repeat, is that each new stage of words literally created new perceptions and attentions, and such new perceptions and attentions resulted in important cultural changes which are reflected in the archaeological record.“

—  Julian Jaynes, buch The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind

Book I, Chapter 6, p. 132 (Italics as per text...)
The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown of the Bicameral Mind (1976)

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„I know more than I can express in words, and the little I can express would not have been expressed, had I not known more.“

—  Vladimir Nabokov, buch Strong Opinions

Quelle: Strong Opinions (1973), p. 45
Kontext: To be quite candid — and what I am going to say now is something I have never said before, and I hope that it provokes a salutary chill — I know more than I can express in words, and the little I can express would not have been expressed, had I not known more.

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„Hâjî Abdû has been known to me for more years than I care to record.“

—  Richard Francis Burton British explorer, geographer, translator, writer, soldier, orientalist, cartographer, ethnologist, spy, linguist, poet,… 1821 - 1890

The Kasîdah of Hâjî Abdû El-Yezdî (1870), Note I : Hâjî Abdû, The Man
Kontext: Hâjî Abdû has been known to me for more years than I care to record. A native, it is believed, of Dârabghird in the Yezd Province, he always preferred to style himself El-Hichmakani, a facetious "lackab" or surname, meaning "Of No-hall, Nowhere." He had travelled far and wide with his eyes open; as appears by his "couplets."

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„If moderation is a fault, then indifference is a crime.“

—  Jack Kerouac American writer 1922 - 1969

Not a Kerouac quote, but by Georg Christoph Lichtenberg (1742-1799), the German scientist, satirist, and Anglophile: http://www.quotes.net/quote/58450
Misattributed

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„I was, however, more interested in steam engines than in electric ones. In other words, I was more romantic than technical.“

—  Tomas Tranströmer Swedish poet, psychologist and translator 1931 - 2015

29.
För levande och döda (For the Living and the Dead) 1996

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„I have just repeated word for word the oath taken by George Washington 200 years ago, and the Bible on which I placed my hand is the Bible on which he placed his.“

—  George H. W. Bush American politician, 41st President of the United States 1924 - 2018

Inaugural Address (1989)
Kontext: I have just repeated word for word the oath taken by George Washington 200 years ago, and the Bible on which I placed my hand is the Bible on which he placed his. It is right that the memory of Washington be with us today, not only because this is our Bicentennial Inauguration, but because Washington remains the Father of our Country. And he would, I think, be gladdened by this day; for today is the concrete expression of a stunning fact: our continuity these 200 years since our government began.
We meet on democracy's front porch, a good place to talk as neighbors and as friends. For this is a day when our nation is made whole, when our differences, for a moment, are suspended.

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