„There's a terror in knowing what the world is about“

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„My father's simple message - it's not an anti-Muslim message, it's [an] anti-terror message, you know, we have ISIS and they're running in rampant around the world and we have to do something about it.“

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„That’s the thing about terrorism – it works. Especially for the terrorists – they might not get what they want but it feels damn good trying.“

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„One has to remember that about imagination, that is when the world gets dull when everybody does not know what they can or what they cannot really imagine.“

— Gertrude Stein American art collector and experimental writer of novels, poetry and plays 1874 - 1946
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„Horror is always aware of its cause; terror never is. That is precisely what makes terror terrifying.“

— Christopher Isherwood English novelist 1904 - 1986
Context: Horror is always aware of its cause; terror never is. That is precisely what makes terror terrifying. Great English Short Stories (1957), selected and introduced by Isherwood, p. 267 <!-- [Laurel TM 674623] -->

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„We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living.“

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Context: We have men of science, too few men of God. We have grasped the mystery of the atom and rejected the Sermon on the Mount. The world has achieved brilliance without conscience. Ours is a world of nuclear giants and ethical infants. We know more about war than we know about peace, more about killing than we know about living. If we continue to develop our technology without wisdom or prudence, our servant may prove to be our executioner. Armistice Day speech (11 November 1948), published in Omar Bradley's Collected Writings, Volume 1 (1967).

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