„If we sold our lands to the Government, this is the way they were bought.“

Arguing against the right of the US Government to force his people to leave their lands (1876)
Kontext: In the treaty councils the commissioners have claimed that our country had been sold to the Government. Suppose a white man should come to me and say, "Joseph, I like your horses, and I want to buy them." I say to him, "No, my horses suit me, I will not sell them." Then he goes to my neighbor, and says to him: "Joseph has some good horses. I want to buy them, but he refuses to sell." My neighbor answers, "Pay me the money, and I will sell you Joseph's horses." The white man returns to me and says, "Joseph, I have bought your horses, and you must let me have them." If we sold our lands to the Government, this is the way they were bought.

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Nez Percé-Indianer 1840 - 1904

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„We preferred our own way of living. We were no expense to the government. All we wanted was peace and to be left alone.“

—  Crazy Horse Oglala Sioux chief 1840 - 1877

As quoted in Literature of the American Indian (1973) by Thomas Edward Sanders and Walter W. Peek, p. 294
Kontext: My friend, I do not blame you for this. Had I listened to you this trouble would not have happened to me. I was not hostile to the white men. Sometimes my young men would attack the Indians who were their enemies and took their ponies. They did it in return. We had buffalo for food, and their hides for clothing and for our tepees. We preferred hunting to a life of idleness on the reservation, where we were driven against our will. At times we did not get enough to eat and we were not allowed to leave the reservation to hunt. We preferred our own way of living. We were no expense to the government. All we wanted was peace and to be left alone. Soldiers were sent out in the winter, they destroyed our villages. The "Long Hair" [Custer] came in the same way. They say we massacred him, but he would have done the same thing to us had we not defended ourselves and fought to the last. Our first impulse was to escape with our squaws and papooses, but we were so hemmed in that we had to fight. After that I went up on the Tongue River with a few of my people and lived in peace. But the government would not let me alone. Finally, I came back to the Red Cloud Agency. Yet, I was not allowed to remain quiet. I was tired of fighting. I went to the Spotted Tail Agency and asked that chief and his agent to let me live there in peace. I came here with the agent [Lee] to talk with the Big White Chief but was not given a chance. They tried to confine me. I tried to escape, and a soldier ran his bayonet into me. I have spoken.

Julius Malema Foto

„Zuma … stands in the way towards acquiring land for our people. That is why we will continue attacking him, … We are at war with whites who took our land and we now want it back. We want our land and we want our wealth; if you stand in our way we will crush you, …“

—  Julius Malema South African political activist 1981

To about 800 supporters at the Edendale Lay Ecumenical Centre hall on 29 May 2016, Zuma will be forgiven for Nkandla if he acts on land issue: Malema https://www.enca.com/south-africa/zuma-will-be-forgiven-over-nkandla-if-he-acts-on-land-issue-malema (30 May 2016)

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„Zuma is standing between us and our enemy. Move out of the way. Zuma must pave the way because they [whites] are the one who stole our land. … White people are going to return our land the same way Zuma will return our money. White people must never think we have abandoned the land question. We will never abandon it. We are the land, our identity is our land. We are nothing without our land. … What we do with it is none of your business. Solomon Mahlangu died for this land.“

—  Julius Malema South African political activist 1981

On 16 April 2016, addressing a large gathering at the University of Pretoria’s Mamelodi Campus, where the EFF had a memorial lecture on the life of Solomon Mahlangu, ‘White people must stop being cry-babies’: Malema http://businesstech.co.za/news/general/120579/white-people-must-stop-being-cry-babies-malema/ (16 April 2016)

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Zita Johann Foto

„The moguls created stars and sold them to the public, the way a grocer sold a 39-cent can of tomatoes to his shoppers.“

—  Zita Johann actress 1904 - 1993

Zita Johann obituary http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/obituary-zita-johann-1509144.html

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„We are a nation that has a government — not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth. Our Government has no power except that granted it by the people.“

—  Ronald Reagan American politician, 40th president of the United States (in office from 1981 to 1989) 1911 - 2004

1980s, First term of office (1981–1985), First Inaugural address (1981)
Kontext: We are a nation that has a government — not the other way around. And this makes us special among the nations of the Earth. Our Government has no power except that granted it by the people. It is time to check and reverse the growth of government which shows signs of having grown beyond the consent of the governed.
It is my intention to curb the size and influence of the Federal establishment and to demand recognition of the distinction between the powers granted to the Federal Government and those reserved to the States or to the people. All of us need to be reminded that the Federal Government did not create the States; the States created the Federal Government.
Now, so there will be no misunderstanding, it is not my intention to do away with government. It is, rather, to make it work-work with us, not over us; to stand by our side, not ride on our back. Government can and must provide opportunity, not smother it; foster productivity, not stifle it.

Paul Keating Foto

„Your way leads you to lands of rain and wind—
mine takes me back to our old room, our bed.“

—  Đặng Trần Côn writer 1710 - 1745

Original: (vi) Chàng thì đi cõi xa mưa gió,
Thiếp thì về buồng cũ gối chăn.
Quelle: Chinh phụ ngâm, Lines 53–54

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Lindsey Graham Foto

„Our government has a responsibility to defend our borders, but we must do so in a way that makes us safer and upholds all that is decent and exceptional about our nation.“

—  Lindsey Graham United States Senator from South Carolina 1955

Statement by Senators McCain & Graham on Executive Order on Immigration (27 January 2017) from the Office of Senator John McCain http://www.mccain.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/2017/1/statement-by-senators-mccain-graham-on-executive-order-on-immigration regarding [Donald J. Trump]'s Executive Order 13769 entitled "Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States", as quoted by Jacob Sallum from Reason magazine in Here Is What Republican Critics of Trump's Immigration Order Are Saying on January 31, 2017 http://reason.com/blog/2017/01/31/here-is-what-republican-critics-of-trump
2010s

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Aung San Suu Kyi Foto

„If suffering were an unavoidable part of our existence, we should try to alleviate it as far as possible in practical, earthly ways.“

—  Aung San Suu Kyi State Counsellor of Myanmar and Leader of the National League for Democracy 1945

Nobel Peace Prize Acceptance Speech (2012)

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John D. Barrow Foto

„While we have no reason to expect that our position in the universe is special in every way, we would be equally misled were we to assume that it could not be special in any way.“

—  John D. Barrow British scientist 1952

The Book of Universes: Exploring the Limits of the Cosmos (2011)
Kontext: While we have no reason to expect that our position in the universe is special in every way, we would be equally misled were we to assume that it could not be special in any way.<!--ch. 2, p. 22

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“