„War is a bazaar where lives are traded like any other commodity: chocolate or bullets or parachute silk.“


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„When war becomes a trade, it benefits, like all other trades, from the division of labour.“

—  Jean-Baptiste Say French economist and businessman 1767 - 1832
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„It is a trade like any other; quite useless, of course — but, then, many reputable trades are quite useless.“

—  George Orwell English author and journalist 1903 - 1950
Context: Beggars do not work, it is said; but then, what is work? A navvy works by swinging a pick. An accountant works by adding up figures. A beggar works by standing out of doors in all weathers and getting varicose veins, bronchitis etc. It is a trade like any other; quite useless, of course — but, then, many reputable trades are quite useless. And as a social type a beggar compares well with scores of others. He is honest compared with the sellers of most patent medicines, high-minded compared with a Sunday newspaper proprietor, amiable compared with a hire-purchase tout-in short, a parasite, but a fairly harmless parasite. He seldom extracts more than a bare living from the community, and, what should justify him according to our ethical ideas, he pays for it over and over in suffering. Ch. 31


„The Netherlands is a sociable land where people respect each other. We fight each other with words, not with bullets.“

—  Wim Kok
RTV Rijnmond De moord op Pim Fortuyn http://www.rijnmond.nl/Homepage/Nieuws?view=/News%2FPagina_items%2Fdossiers%2FDe%20moord%20op%20Pim%20Fortuyn, Biografie Pim Fortuyn auf Google Sites http://sites.google.com/site/superlutser/biopim

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„Minds are like parachutes: they only function when open.“

—  Thomas Dewar, 1st Baron Dewar Scottish Distiller and Conservative Party politician 1864 - 1930
Quoted in Giovanni Graziadei, Gestione della produzione industriale, Hoepli, Milano, 2004, p. 65 http://books.google.it/books?id=xomdPzmzKAcC&pg=PA65#v=onepage&q&f=false. . May be a bit questionable http://www.barrypopik.com/index.php/new_york_city/entry/minds_are_like_parachutes_they_only_function_when_open/.

Frank Zappa photo

„A mind is like a parachute. It doesn't work if it is not open.“

—  Frank Zappa American musician, songwriter, composer, and record and film producer 1940 - 1993

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„Nor can private counterparties restrict supplies of gold, another commodity whose derivatives are often traded over-the-counter, where central banks stand ready to lease gold in increasing quantities should the price rise.“

—  Alan Greenspan 13th Chairman of the Federal Reserve in the United States 1926
Testimony Before the Committee on Banking and Financial Services, U.S. House of Representatives July 24, 1998 http://www.federalreserve.gov/boarddocs/testimony/1998/19980724.htm.

Fernando Pessoa photo

„Look, there's no metaphysics on earth like chocolates.“

—  Fernando Pessoa Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher 1888 - 1935

Hollow Horn Bear photo

„The bullets bursted [sic] at the time of the war, and we used to die with bullets, but now let us die quietly.“

—  Hollow Horn Bear 19th century Lakota chief and policeman 1850 - 1913
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Karl Marx photo

„Every commodity is compelled to chose some other commodity for its equivalent.“

—  Karl Marx German philosopher, economist, sociologist, journalist and revolutionary socialist 1818 - 1883
Vol. I, Ch. 1, Section 3, pg. 65.

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„The right to have children should be a marketable commodity, bought and traded by individuals but absolutely limited by the state.“

—  Kenneth E. Boulding British-American economist 1910 - 1993
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„The ability to deal with people is as purchasable a commodity as sugar or coffee, and I will pay more for that ability than for any other under the sun.“

—  John D. Rockefeller American business magnate and philanthropist 1839 - 1937
Attributed in How to Win Friends and Influence People (1937) by Dale Carnegie