„To abandon your shield is the basest of crimes“
Scutum reliquisse praecipuum flagitium, nec aut sacris adesse aut concilium inire ignominioso fas; multique superstites bellorum infamiam laqueo finierunt.
„[An attorney] can find it consistent with his dignity to turn wrong into right, and right into wrong, to abet a lie, nay to create, disseminate, and with all the play of his wit, give strength to the basest of lies, on behalf of the basest of scoundrels.“
— Anthony Trollope English novelist (1815-1882) 1815 - 1882
The New Zealander (1965), p. 63; written 1855-6, published posthumously 1965
— As-Saffah First Abbasid caliph 722 - 754
— William Faulkner American writer 1897 - 1962
„During bombing raids in Iraq, the media liked to say that Saddam Hussein used people as human shields. That's not accurate. Although it's true they were used as shields, the fact is they were humans already. So if these humans were used as shields, they were human shields. They weren't being used as human shields. Got that?“
— George Carlin American stand-up comedian 1937 - 2008
„You can fire your secretary, divorce your spouse, abandon your children. But they remain your co-authors forever.“
— Ellen Goodman American journalist and writer 1941
„If you go down a road that satisfies your personal predilections and relationships and sacrifices the common good of the country, including the elementary institution by which its civilization is sustained, then you're not only derelict in your public duty, you are abandoning your obligation as a human being. And frankly, people throw around words like "crime against humanity", I think that kind of disregard for the God-endowed natural rights of human being is the archetype of all crimes against humanity, and I think we have an entire elite faction that is now committed to committing such a crime against the American people.“
— Alan Keyes American politician 1950
2013-04-02 The Talk to Solomon Show Live, quoted in * 2013-04-02 Keyes: Marriage Equality is the 'Archetype of all Crimes Against Humanity' Brian Tashman Right Wing Watch http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/keyes-marriage-equality-archetype-all-crimes-against-humanity regarding Senator Rob Portman's support of same-sex marriage after learning that his son is gay.
„Locking spear by spear, shield against shield at the base, so buckler
leaned on buckler, helmet on helmet, man against man.“
— Homér Ancient Greek epic poet, author of the Iliad and the Odyssey 750
Φράξαντες δόρυ δουρί, σάκος σάκεϊ προθελύμνῳ· ἀσπὶς ἄρ' ἀσπίδ' ἔρειδε, κόρυς κόρυν, ἀνέρα δ' ἀνήρ. XIII, 130–131 (tr. R. Lattimore).
— Eugéne Ionesco Romanian playwright 1909 - 1994
Jacques from Jacques or the Submission (1955)
„The kind of relatedness to the world may be noble or trivial, but even being related to the basest kind of pattern is immensely preferable to being alone.“
— Erich Fromm German social psychologist and psychoanalyst 1900 - 1980
„Since God has revealed himself as a Father, we would be guilty of the basest ingratitude if we did not behave as his children.“
— John Calvin French Protestant reformer 1509 - 1564