„All Earthquakes and Disasters are warnings; there’s too much corruption in the world“

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„There was much to hate in this world and too much to love.“

—  Gregory Maguire, livro Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

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„One of the basic causes for all the trouble in the world today is that people talk too much and think too little. They act too impulsively without thinking.“

—  Margaret Chase Smith Member of the United States Senate from Maine 1897 - 1995
Context: One of the basic causes for all the trouble in the world today is that people talk too much and think too little. They act too impulsively without thinking. I am not advocating in the slightest that we become mutes with our voices stilled because of fear of criticism of what we might say. That is moral cowardice. And moral cowardice that keeps us from speaking our minds is as dangerous to this country as irresponsible talk. The right way is not always the popular and easy way. Standing for right when it is unpopular is a true test of moral character. The importance of individual thinking to the preservation of our democracy and our freedom cannot be overemphasized. The broader sense of the concept of your role in the defense of democracy is that of the citizen doing his most for the preservation of democracy and peace by independent thinking, making that thinking articulate by translating it into action at the ballot boxes, in the forums, and in everyday life, and being constructive and positive in that thinking and articulation. The most precious thing that democracy gives to us is freedom. You and I cannot escape the fact that the ultimate responsibility for freedom is personal. Our freedoms today are not so much in danger because people are consciously trying to take them away from us as they are in danger because we forget to use them. Freedom unexercised may be freedom forfeited. The preservation of freedom is in the hands of the people themselves — not of the government. As quoted in NEA Journal : The Journal of the National Education Association‎ Vol. 41 (1952) p. 300

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„Do not expect too much of the end of the world.“

—  Stanisław Jerzy Lec Polish writer 1909 - 1966
As quoted in Foucault's Pendulum (1989) by Umberto Eco, Ch. 7, p. 49; cited to a 1977 Polish edition of Unkempt Thoughts.

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„The world has far too much morality.“

—  Steven Pinker psychologist, linguist, author 1954
The Better Angels of our Nature (2011), p 474

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„All world-images are apt to become corrupt when left to ecclesiastic bureaucracies. But this does not make the formation of world-images expendable.“

—  Erik H. Erikson, livro Gandhi's Truth
Context: All world-images are apt to become corrupt when left to ecclesiastic bureaucracies. But this does not make the formation of world-images expendable. And I can only repeat that we deny the remnants of old-world images at our own risk, because we do not overcome them by declaring them — with all the righteousness of skepticism — something of a secret sin. They are not less powerful for being denied. Gandhi's Truth : On the Origins of Militant Nonviolence (1969), Prologue : Echoes of an Event, p. 39

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„The United States is…a warning rather than an example to the world.“

—  Lydia Maria Child American abolitionist, author and women's rights activist 1802 - 1880
1850s, To the twenty-fifth-anniversary meeting of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society (1857)

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„There was a tsunami and there are terrible natural disasters, all of this because of too little Torah study. Where there is Torah it sustains the world. There are negros there [in New Orleans]. Negros will study Torah? Let's bring them a tsunami, drown them. Hundreds of thousands were left without a shelter. Tens of thousands died. All of this is because they have no God.“

—  Ovadia Yosef Israeli rabbi 1920 - 2013
Regarding Hurricane Katrina, September 6, 2005 [Zvi, Alush, http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3138779,00.html, Rabbi: Hurricane punishment for pullout, ynetnews.com, 7 September 2005, 2007-09-23] Hebrew source http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-3138771,00.html

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„I am much too alone in this world, yet not alone enough.“

—  Rainer Maria Rilke, Rilke's Book of Hours: Love Poems to God
Das Stunden-Buch (The Book of Hours) (1905), Context: I am too alone in the world, and yet not alone enough to make every hour holy. I am too small in the world, and yet not tiny enough just to stand before you like a thing, dark and shrewd. I want my will, and I want to be with my will as it moves towards deed; and in those quiet, somehow hesitating times, when something is approaching, I want to be with those who are wise or else alone. Number 2 (as translated by Cliff Crego) I am much too alone in this world, yet not alone enough to truly consecrate the hour. I am much too small in this world, yet not small enough to be to you just object and thing, dark and smart. I want my free will and want it accompanying the path which leads to action; and want during times that beg questions, where something is up, to be among those in the know, or else be alone. (as translated by Annemarie S. Kidder)

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