„What did he mean by "society"? The plural of human beings?“

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—  Roland Barthes French philosopher, critic and literary theorist 1915 - 1980
Context: The Text is plural. Which is not simply to say that it has several meanings, but that it accomplishes the very plural of meaning: an irreducible (and not merely an acceptable) plural. The Text is not a co-existence of meanings but a passage, an overcrossing; thus it answers not to an interpretation, even a liberal one, but to an explosion, a dissemination. Proposition 4

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„But what did he mean by that?“

—  Klemens von Metternich Austrian diplomat 1773 - 1859
Metternich remarking upon hearing the news of Castlereagh's death by suicide. Greenhalgh, Michael. Marble Past, Monumental Present: Building with Antiquities in the Mediaeval Mediterranean. Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands, 2009 (pp. 20).

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„A large plural society cannot be governed without recognizing that, transcending its plural interests, there is a rational order with a superior common law.“

—  Walter Lippmann American journalist 1889 - 1974
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„In plural societies, it is both inevitable and important that people offend the sensibilities of others.“

—  Kenan Malik English writer, lecturer and broadcaster 1960
Context: In plural societies, it is both inevitable and important that people offend the sensibilities of others. Inevitable, because where different beliefs are deeply held, clashes are unavoidable. Almost by definition such clashes express what it is to live in a diverse society. And so they should be openly resolved [rather] than suppressed in the name of ‘respect’ or ‘tolerance’. And important because any kind of social change or social progress means offending some deeply held sensibilities.

„That’s what being human means: to be master of your own fate.“

—  Karl Schroeder Author. Technology consultant 1962
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„How Human beings are, that is how the society will be.“

—  Jaggi Vasudev Indian Mystic 1957
Context: How Human beings are, that is how the society will be. So, creating human beings who are flexible and willing to look at everything rather than being stuck in their ideas and opinions definitely makes for a different kind of society. And the very energy that such human being carry will influence everything around them. The Times of India, 10 June 2009

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„a human being is never what he is but the self he seeks.“

—  Octavio Paz Mexican writer laureated with the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature 1914 - 1998

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„Being resolute today means to act within the framework of political and social pluralism and the rule of law to provide conditions for continued reform and prevent a breakdown of the state and economic collapse, prevent the elements of chaos from becoming catastrophic.“

—  Mikhail Gorbachev General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union 1931
Context: Being resolute today means to act within the framework of political and social pluralism and the rule of law to provide conditions for continued reform and prevent a breakdown of the state and economic collapse, prevent the elements of chaos from becoming catastrophic. All this requires taking certain tactical steps, to search for various ways of addressing both short- and long-term tasks. Such efforts and political and economic steps, agreements based on reasonable compromise, are there for everyone to see.

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