„Civilization will not attain perfection until the last stone from the last church falls on the last priest.“

—  Emile Zola

Cited as attributed to Zola in The Heretic's Handbook of Quotations : Cutting Comments on Burning Issues (1992) by Charles Bufe, p. 183, but no earlier citation has yet been located, and this appears to be very similar to remarks often attributed to Denis Diderot: "Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest" and "Let us strangle the last king with the guts of the last priest" — these are loosely derived from a statement Diderot actually did make: "his hands would plait the priest's entrails, for want of a rope, to strangle kings."
This quote appeared in soviet popular-scientific work "Satellite atheist" (Sputnik ateista) http://books.google.ru/books/about/%D0%A1%D0%BF%D1%83%D1%82%D0%BD%D0%B8%D0%BA_%D0%B0%D1%82%D0%B5%D0%B8%D1%81%D1%82%D0%B0.html?id=Lq9AAAAAIAAJ&redir_esc=y (1959), p. 491.
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französischer Schriftsteller und Journalist des 19. Jahrhun… 1840 - 1902

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—  Yasser Arafat former Palestinian President, and Nobel Peace Prize recipient 1929 - 2004

In a speech given on 6 August 1995, at a party to celebrate the birth of his daughter, reported in Haaretz (6 September 1995) and in The Jerusalem Post (7 September 1995).
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—  Markus Zusak, buch Die Bücherdiebin

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„Keep fighting until the last buzzer sounds.“

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„This time, at last, it is the real, the unmistakable thing, simple — passionate — perfect — '“

—  Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows

Quelle: The Wind in the Willows (1908), Ch. 7
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—  Norman Mailer American novelist, journalist, essayist, playwright, film maker, actor and political candidate 1923 - 2007

Introducing our Argument
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—  Robert F. Kennedy American politician and brother of John F. Kennedy 1925 - 1968

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