„Dragon kind was no less cruel than mankind. The Dragon, at least, acted from bestial need rather than bestial greed.”
~ A thought by Lessa ~“

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Anne McCaffrey
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„For once you must try not to shirk the facts:
Mankind is kept alive by bestial acts.“

—  Bertolt Brecht German poet, playwright, theatre director 1898 - 1956
"What Keeps Mankind Alive?" Act 2, sc. 6

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„It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age; but, if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door, and this dragon is religion.“

—  Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970
Context: With our present industrial technique we can, if we choose, provide a tolerable subsistence for everybody. We could also secure that the world's population should be stationary if we were not prevented by the political influence of churches which prefer war, pestilence, and famine to contraception. The knowledge exists by which universal happiness can be secured; the chief obstacle to its utilization for that purpose is the teaching of religion. Religion prevents our children from having a rational education; religion prevents us from removing fundamental causes of war; religion prevents us from teaching the ethic of scientific co-operation in place of the old fierce doctrines of sin and punishment. It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age; but, if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door, and this dragon is religion. "The Idea of Righteousness"

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„People talk sometimes of a bestial cruelty, but that's a great injustice and insult to the beasts; a beast can never be so cruel as a man, so artistically cruel.“

—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky Russian author 1821 - 1881
Context: People talk sometimes of a bestial cruelty, but that's a great injustice and insult to the beasts; a beast can never be so cruel as a man, so artistically cruel. The tiger only tears and gnaws, that's all he can do. He would never think of nailing people by the ears, even if he were able to do it.

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„I'm not so much a dragon slayer, more a dragon annoyer -- I'm a dragon irritater.“

—  Craig Ferguson Scottish-born American television host, stand-up comedian, writer, actor, director, author, producer and voice artist 1962

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„Why do dragons hoard gold? Because the things you most need is always to be found where you least want to look.“

—  Jordan Peterson Canadian clinical psychologist, cultural critic, and professor of psychology 1962
Slaying the Dragon Within Us. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REjUkEj1O_0

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„If it were absolutely necessary to choose, I would rather be guilty of an immoral act than of a cruel one.“

—  Anatole France French writer 1844 - 1924
Le Lys Rouge http://fr.wikisource.org/wiki/Le_Lys_rouge/I [The Red Lily] (1894), ch. 1

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