„The 20th century was perhaps the deadliest in human history, devastated by innumerable conflicts, untold suffering, and unimaginable crimes.“

—  Kofi Annan

Nobel lecture (2001)
Kontext: The 20th century was perhaps the deadliest in human history, devastated by innumerable conflicts, untold suffering, and unimaginable crimes. Time after time, a group or a nation inflicted extreme violence on another, often driven by irrational hatred and suspicion, or unbounded arrogance and thirst for power and resources. In response to these cataclysms, the leaders of the world came together at mid-century to unite the nations as never before.
A forum was created — the United Nations — where all nations could join forces to affirm the dignity and worth of every person, and to secure peace and development for all peoples. Here States could unite to strengthen the rule of law, recognize and address the needs of the poor, restrain man’s brutality and greed, conserve the resources and beauty of nature, sustain the equal rights of men and women, and provide for the safety of future generations.

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ghanaischer Diplomat und ehemaliger UN-Generalsekretär 1938 - 2018

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„We’ve been devastated by the severest and deadliest drought in history – that of our profound awareness of the futility of all effort and the vanity of all plans.“

—  Fernando Pessoa, buch The Education Of the Stoic

The Education of the Stoic: The Only Manuscript of the Baron of Teive, Exact Change, Cambridge, 2005, p. 5
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„The idea that there is one people in possession of the truth, one answer to the world’s ills, or one solution to humanity’s needs, has done untold harm throughout history — especially in the last century.“

—  Kofi Annan 7th Secretary-General of the United Nations 1938 - 2018

Nobel lecture (2001)
Kontext: The idea that there is one people in possession of the truth, one answer to the world’s ills, or one solution to humanity’s needs, has done untold harm throughout history — especially in the last century. Today, however, even amidst continuing ethnic conflict around the world, there is a growing understanding that human diversity is both the reality that makes dialogue necessary, and the very basis for that dialogue.
We understand, as never before, that each of us is fully worthy of the respect and dignity essential to our common humanity. We recognize that we are the products of many cultures, traditions and memories; that mutual respect allows us to study and learn from other cultures; and that we gain strength by combining the foreign with the familiar.

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„The 20th century peatlands ditching in Finland was the worst human environmental destruction action in Europe.“

—  Pentti Linkola Finnish ecologist 1932

Can Life Prevail? Pentti Linkola Voisiko elämä voittaa - ja millä ehdoilla tammi 2004 page 23 (Suomen soitten ojitusta on sanottu Euroopan suurimmaksi luonnon tuhotoimeksi 1900-luvulla.)

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„A great man" […] "and the greatest and most representative of the Spanish people of the 20th century" […] "one of the great leaders we have had in our history.“

—  Manuel Fraga Iribarne Spanish politician 1922 - 2012

The day Francisco Franco, the dictator, died. Frases que reflejan el recorrido de Manuel Fraga, 16th January 2012, Gara, 16th January 2012, castellà http://www.gara.net/azkenak/01/315809/es/Frases-que-reflejan-recorrido-Manuel-Fraga,
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„India is the Saudi Arabia of human resources for the 21st century. The power that we used to get from oil in 20th century, we will get it from people like you in 21st century.“

—  Rahul Gandhi Indian politician 1970

Rahul Gandhi: India is going to be 21st century Saudi Arabia, Rahul Gandhi http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YOZOM0lROs

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„I believe that in the 20th century, humanity has learned from many, many experiences. Some positive, and many negative.“

—  Tenzin Gyatso spiritual leader of Tibet 1935

Interview in The New York Times (28 November 1993).
Kontext: I believe that in the 20th century, humanity has learned from many, many experiences. Some positive, and many negative. What misery, what destruction! The greatest number of human beings were killed in the two world wars of this century. But human nature is such that when we face a tremendous critical situation, the human mind can wake up and find some other alternative. That is a human capacity.

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„One of the greatest writers of [the 20th] century.“

—  Lord Dunsany Irish writer and dramatist 1878 - 1957

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„History is the essence of innumerable biographies.“

—  Thomas Carlyle Scottish philosopher, satirical writer, essayist, historian and teacher 1795 - 1881

On History.
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Gustav Metzger Foto

„Atomic physics, was the worst thing that happened in the 20th century.“

—  Gustav Metzger Artist and political activist 1926 - 2017

Gustav Metzger: 'Destroy, and you create', 2012

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„The signing of the Union Treaty is not just sad. This is the crime of the century. This, of course, is the genocide of the Belarusian nation. This is the end of Belarusian history.“

—  Vasil Bykaŭ Belarusian writer 1924 - 2003

“Ён Прыехаў, Сам Памёр, Усё Спакойна…” Апошнія Тыдні Васіля Быкава https://www.svaboda.org/amp/24853764.html // svaboda.org
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„Keynes was no revolutionary, but his ideas revolutionized 20th-century economics.“

—  Samuel Bowles American economist 1939

Quelle: Understanding Capitalism: Competition, Command, and Change, 2005, p.82

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„In reality, the Khojali tragedy is one of the greatest human atrocities of the 20th century. Every effort must be made to seek the world community's unbiased and resolute position regarding this genocide.“

—  Heydar Aliyev Soviet and Azerbaijani politician 1923 - 2003

Azerbaijan International (7.1) Spring 1999 http://www.azer.com/aiweb/categories/topics/Quotes/quote_aliyev.heydar.html

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„Much of human history has consisted of unequal conflicts between the haves and the have-nots.“

—  Jared Diamond, buch Guns, Germs, and Steel

Quelle: Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies

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