„Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split, as a general thing.“

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—  Ayn Rand Russian-American novelist and philosopher 1905 - 1982
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„We know that men can be, have been, and are just as wicked with it as without it.“

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—  Thomas Paine English and American political activist 1737 - 1809
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