„I believe we are here on the planet Earth to live, grow up and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom.“

—  Rosa Parks
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—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
Context: We do not have to think that human nature is perfect for us to still believe that the human condition can be perfected. We do not have to live in an idealized world to still reach for those ideals that will make it a better place. The non-violence practiced by men like Gandhi and King may not have been practical or possible in every circumstance, but the love that they preached — their fundamental faith in human progress — that must always be the North Star that guides us on our journey. For if we lose that faith — if we dismiss it as silly or naïve; if we divorce it from the decisions that we make on issues of war and peace — then we lose what's best about humanity. We lose our sense of possibility. We lose our moral compass. Like generations have before us, we must reject that future. As Dr. King said at this occasion so many years ago, "I refuse to accept despair as the final response to the ambiguities of history. I refuse to accept the idea that the 'isness' of man's present condition makes him morally incapable of reaching up for the eternal 'oughtness' that forever confronts him." Let us reach for the world that ought to be — that spark of the divine that still stirs within each of our souls.

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„If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth.“

—  Ronald Reagan American politician, 40th president of the United States (in office from 1981 to 1989) 1911 - 2004
Context: If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth. And this idea that government is beholden to the people, that it has no other source of power except to sovereign people, is still the newest and most unique idea in all the long history of man's relation to man. This is the issue of this election. Whether we believe in our capacity for self-government or whether we abandon the American revolution and confess that a little intellectual elite in a far-distant capital can plan our lives for us better than we can plan them ourselves.

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—  Prakash Javadekar Indian politician 1951
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„What is the use of living, if it be not to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?“

—  Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965
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—  Teresa Heinz Kerry Portuguese–American businesswoman, widow of Sen. H. John Heinz III and wife of Secretary of State John Kerry 1938
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