„All we can see is only a speck. You've got to remember that this morning there's three thousand kilometers of equal evils, or nearly equal, or worse.“

—  Henri Barbusse, buch Das Feuer

Under Fire (1916), Ch. 24 - The Dawn
Kontext: Paradis, possessed by his notion, waved his hand towards the wide unspeakable landscape. and looking steadily on it repeated his sentence, 'War is that. It is that everywhere. What are we, we chaps, and what's all this here? Nothing at all. All we can see is only a speck. You've got to remember that this morning there's three thousand kilometers of equal evils, or nearly equal, or worse."
"And then," said the comrade at our side, whom we could not recognize even by his voice, "to-morrow it begins again. It began again the day before yesterday, and all the days before that!"

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französischer Politiker und Schriftsteller 1873 - 1935
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—  Pierre Corneille French tragedian 1606 - 1684

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„[I]f you look at Europe and see a continent adrift, with no identity and no strong values beyond economic equality and possessing little capacity to identify evil, let alone a will to fight it, then you need to start fighting.“

—  Dennis Prager American writer, speaker, radio and TV commentator, theologian 1948

Dennis Prager. "America Founded To Be Free, Not Secular" https://www.creators.com/read/dennis-prager/01/07/america-founded-to-be-free-not-secular at creators.com, 3 January 2007.
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„In every political society, parties are unavoidable. A difference of interests, real or supposed, is the most natural and fruitful source of them. The great object should be to combat the evil: 1. By establishing a political equality among all.“

—  James Madison 4th president of the United States (1809 to 1817) 1751 - 1836

"On Parties" (23 January 1792), Papers of James Madison Vol. XIV, pp. 197-8 http://press-pubs.uchicago.edu/founders/documents/v1ch15s50.html
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—  Andrew Jackson American general and politician, 7th president of the United States 1767 - 1845

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—  Max Weber German sociologist, philosopher, and political economist 1864 - 1920

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„But remember, "don't be overcome with evil — overcome evil with good."“

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