„It’s against the rules of humanity to believe there is nothing we can do.“

—  Melina Marchetta, Finnikin of the Rock

Quelle: Finnikin of the Rock

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Australian teen writer 1965

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„If you want a golden rule that will fit everybody, this is it: Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.“

—  William Morris author, designer, and craftsman 1834 - 1896

"The Beauty of Life," a lecture before the Birmingham Society of Arts and School of Design (19 February 1880), later published in Hopes and Fears for Art: Five Lectures Delivered in Birmingham, London, and Nottingham, 1878 - 1881 (1882).

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„I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing.“

—  Ronald Reagan American politician, 40th president of the United States (in office from 1981 to 1989) 1911 - 2004

The third and fourth sentences are a paraphrase of a sentence by G. K. Chesterton: "I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act." Generally Speaking, "On Holland' (1928).
1980s, First term of office (1981–1985), First Inaugural address (1981)
Kontext: It is time for us to realize that we're too great a nation to limit ourselves to small dreams. We're not, as some would have us believe, doomed to an inevitable decline. I do not believe in a fate that will fall on us no matter what we do. I do believe in a fate that will fall on us if we do nothing. So, with all the creative energy at our command, let us begin an era of national renewal. Let us renew our determination, our courage, and our strength. And let us renew our faith and our hope. We have every right to dream heroic dreams. Those who say that we're in a time when there are no heroes, they just don't know where to look.

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„I do not believe that any democrat can successfully ride that tiger. But I do believe in the necessity of great powers working together to preserve the human race, or otherwise we can be destroyed.“

—  John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963

1963, Address at the Free University of Berlin
Kontext: As I said this morning, I am not impressed by the opportunities open to popular fronts throughout the world. I do not believe that any democrat can successfully ride that tiger. But I do believe in the necessity of great powers working together to preserve the human race, or otherwise we can be destroyed.

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„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.“

—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961

2009, Nobel Prize acceptance speech (December 2009)
Kontext: 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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„Of the gods we believe, and of men we know, that by a necessary law of their nature they rule wherever they can.“

—  Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War

Book V, 5.105-[2]
History of the Peloponnesian War, Book V

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„No amount of money given in charity, nothing but the abandonment of this hateful trade, can atone for this great sin against God, Israel and Humanity.“

—  Hermann Adler Chief Rabbi of the British Empire from 1891 to 1911 1839 - 1911

Condemning usury. p. 849
Quoted in Joseph H. Hertz, The Pentateuch and Haftorahs (One-volume edition)

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„All we can know is that we know nothing. And that's the height of human wisdom.“

—  Leo Tolstoy, buch Krieg und Frieden

Variante: The only thing that we know is that we know nothing — and that is the highest flight of human wisdom.
Quelle: War and Peace (1865–1867; 1869), Ch. I

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„Only a complete moral idiot can believe for an instant that we are fighting against the wretched of the earth. We are fighting, as I said before, against the scum of the earth“

—  Christopher Hitchens British American author and journalist 1949 - 2011

"A View from the Patriotic Left" http://www.frontpagemag.com/Articles/Read.aspx?GUID=F01E41CB-A584-4597-B9BE-86BBD9B3F7A1, Boston Globe (2002-09-09)]: On the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan
2000s, 2002

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„Nothing can be lasting when reason does not rule.“

—  Quintus Curtius Rufus Roman historian

IV, 14, 19.
Historiarum Alexandri Magni Macedonis Libri Qui Supersunt, Book IV
Original: (la) Nihil potest esse diuturnum cui non subest ratio.

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„Look, if he’s alive, there’s nothing we have to do about it. If he’s dead, there’s nothing we can do.“

—  Samuel R. Delany, buch Tales of Nevèrÿon

Section 4 (p. 192)
Tales of Nevèrÿon (1979)

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„There can be no happiness if the things we believe in are different from the things we do.“

—  Freya Stark British explorer and writer 1893 - 1993

The Journey's Echo (1963), p. 161 https://books.google.com/books?id=xlFbAAAAMAAJ&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=%22There+can+be+no+happiness+if+the+things+we+believe+in+are+different+from+the+things+we+do.%22.

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„Life is terrible. It rules us, we do not rule it.“

—  Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermeres Fächer

Quelle: Lady Windermere's Fan

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