„Conscience is better served by a myth“

—  John Kenneth Galbraith, Context: Conscience is better served by a myth. Chapter 4, p. 111
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„It has served us well, this myth of Christ.“

—  Pope Leo X Pope from 1513 to 1521 1475 - 1521
Widely attributed to Leo X, the earliest known source of this statement is actually a polemical work by the Protestant John Bale, the anti-Catholic Acta Romanorum Pontificum, which was first translated from Latin into English as The Pageant of the Popes in 1574: "For on a time when a cardinall Bembus did move a question out of the Gospell, the Pope gave him a very contemptuous answer saying: All ages can testifie enough how profitable that fable of Christe hath ben to us and our companie." The Pope in this case being Leo X. Later accounts of it exist, as recorded by Vatican Librarian, Cardinal Baronius in the Annales Ecclesiastici (1597) a 12-volume history of the Church. In a more modern polemic, "The Criminal History of the Papacy" by Tony Bushby, in Nexus Magazine Volume 14, Number 3 (April - May 2007) http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/vatican/esp_vatican30c.htm, it is stated that "The pope's pronouncement is recorded in the diaries and records of both Pietro Cardinal Bembo (Letters and Comments on Pope Leo X, 1842 reprint) and Paolo Cardinal Giovio (De Vita Leonis Decimi..., op. cit.), two associates who were witnesses to it."

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„Each individual possesses a conscience which to a greater or lesser degree serves to restrain the unimpeded flow of impulses destructive to others.“

—  Stanley Milgram Social psychologist 1933 - 1984
Context: Each individual possesses a conscience which to a greater or lesser degree serves to restrain the unimpeded flow of impulses destructive to others. But when he merges his person into an organizational structure, a new creature replaces autonomous man, unhindered by the limitations of individual morality, freed of humane inhibition, mindful only of the sanctions of authority. p. 188

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„I sincerely believe that I have served a criminal. I led my soldiers in good conscience… but for a criminal government.“

—  Walter Model German field marshal 1891 - 1945
To Colonel Theodor Pilling, Lieutenant Colonel Roger Michael, Major Winrich Behr in the evening of April 20, 1945. They tuned in the Wehrmacht receiver, and listened Joseph Goebbels's speech marking the Hitler's Birthday. Quoted in "Battle for the Ruhr" - Page 378 - by Derek S. Zumbro - 2006

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„Dream is personalized myth, myth is depersonalized dream; both myth and dream are symbolic“

—  Joseph Campbell American mythologist, writer and lecturer 1904 - 1987
Context: Dream is personalized myth, myth is depersonalized dream; both myth and dream are symbolic in the same general way of the dynamics of the psyche. But in the dream the forms are quirked by the peculiar troubles of the dreamer, whereas in myth the problem and solutions shown are directly valid for all mankind. Chapter 1

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„Enter to grow in wisdom. / Depart to serve better thy country and thy kind.“

—  Charles William Eliot President of Harvard 1834 - 1926
Over entrance (“Enter”) and exit (“Depart”) of Dexter gate (gift of Class of 1890) to Harvard Yard, erected 1901. Alternatives Eliot considered included “Enter daily to grow in wisdom,” and “Depart to serve better thy country and mankind.” Widely paraphrased as: Enter to learn; go forth to serve. Used by schools including Brigham Young University, Delaware State University, Tennessee State University, Keene State College, and Oakland City College. Sometimes credited (in abbreviated form) to Margaret Sanger. Sometimes parodied as: “Enter to learn; go forth to earn.”

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