„Your presence is a moral poison that would contaminate the most virtuous“

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„The sum of all is, if we would most truly enjoy this gift of Heaven, let us become a virtuous people.“

—  Samuel Adams American statesman, Massachusetts governor, and political philosopher 1722 - 1803
Context: Neither the wisest constitution nor the wisest laws will secure the liberty and happiness of a people whose manners are universally corrupt. He therefore is the truest friend to the liberty of his country who tries most to promote its virtue, and who, so far as his power and influence extend, will not suffer a man to be chosen into any office of power and trust who is not a wise and virtuous man. We must not conclude merely upon a man's haranguing upon liberty, and using the charming sound, that he is fit to be trusted with the liberties of his country. It is not unfrequent to hear men declaim loudly upon liberty, who, if we may judge by the whole tenor of their actions, mean nothing else by it but their own liberty, — to oppress without control or the restraint of laws all who are poorer or weaker than themselves. It is not, I say, unfrequent to see such instances, though at the same time I esteem it a justice due to my country to say that it is not without shining examples of the contrary kind; — examples of men of a distinguished attachment to this same liberty I have been describing; whom no hopes could draw, no terrors could drive, from steadily pursuing, in their sphere, the true interests of their country; whose fidelity has been tried in the nicest and tenderest manner, and has been ever firm and unshaken. The sum of all is, if we would most truly enjoy this gift of Heaven, let us become a virtuous people. Essay published in The Advertiser (1748) http://thingsabove.freerovin.com/samadams.htm and later reprinted in The Life and Public Service of Samuel Adams, Volume 1 (1865), by William Vincent Wells <!-- Little, Brown, and Company; Boston -->

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„There are poisons that blind you, and poisons that open your eyes.“

—  August Strindberg Swedish playwright, novelist, poet, essayist and painter 1849 - 1912

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„When there is a lack of honor in government, the morals of the whole people are poisoned.“

—  Herbert Hoover 31st President of the United States of America 1874 - 1964
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„The worst thing is that we live in a contaminated moral environment. We fell morally ill because we became used to saying something different from what we thought.“

—  Václav Havel playwright, essayist, poet, dissident and 1st President of the Czech Republic 1936 - 2011
Context: The worst thing is that we live in a contaminated moral environment. We fell morally ill because we became used to saying something different from what we thought. We learned not to believe in anything, to ignore one another, to care only about ourselves. Concepts such as love, friendship, compassion, humility or forgiveness lost their depth and dimension, and for many of us they represented only psychological peculiarities, or they resembled gone-astray greetings from ancient times, a little ridiculous in the era of computers and spaceships.

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„Your presence, your consciousness“

—  Eckhart Tolle German writer 1948
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„I believe most plain girls are virtuous because of the scarcity of opportunity to be otherwise.“

—  Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
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„How would your life be different if… You stopped allowing other people to dilute or poison your day with their words or opinions? Let today be the day“

—  Steve Maraboli 1975
Context: How would your life be different if… You stopped allowing other people to dilute or poison your day with their words or opinions? Let today be the day … You stand strong in the truth of your beauty and journey through your day without attachment to the validation of others. p. 119

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„The most alarming of all man's assaults upon the environment is the contamination of air, earth, rivers, and sea with dangerous and even lethal materials.“

—  Rachel Carson American marine biologist and conservationist 1907 - 1964
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