„Where to start?
Everything cracks and shakes,
The air trembles with similes,
No one world's better than another;
the earth moans with metaphors.“

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„But go not "back to the sediment"
In the slime of the moaning sea,
For a better world belongs to you,
And a better friend to me.“

—  Voltairine de Cleyre American anarchist writer and feminist 1866 - 1912
Context: Ay, gather your petals and take them back To the dead heart under the dew; And crown it again with the red love bloom, For the dead are always true. But go not "back to the sediment" In the slime of the moaning sea, For a better world belongs to you, And a better friend to me.

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„I am standing on the threshold of another trembling world. May God have mercy on my soul.“

—  Bobby Sands Irish volunteer of the Provisional Irish Republican Army 1954 - 1981
Diary entry http://larkspirit.com/hungerstrikes/diary.html, (1 March 1981), the first day of his hunger strike, in Skylark Sing your Lonely Song : An Anthology of the Writings of Bobby Sands (1991).

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„Translated: There is another and a better world.“

—  August von Kotzebue German dramatist 1761 - 1819
Menschenhass und Reue (1798), Act I, scene 1; repeated by another character in Act III, scene 1. This title translates as Misanthropy and Repentance, but is known in English as The Stranger; translated by N. Schink, London, 1799.

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„Do we want also to be world champion in moaning?“

—  Helmut Schmidt Chancellor of West Germany 1974-1982 1918 - 2015
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„I happen to believe that most of the important things in the material world start out as fiction. That everything around us was once fiction – before there was the table there was the idea of a table, and the idea of a table before tables was fiction. This is the most important world, the world of fictional things. That’s the world where all this starts.“

—  Alan Moore English writer primarily known for his work in comic books 1953
Context: A god is the idea of a god. The idea of a god is a god. The idea of Glycon is Glycon, if I can enhance that idea with an anaconda and a speaking tube, fair enough. I am unlikely to start believing that this glove puppet created the universe. It’s a fiction, all gods are fiction. It’s just that I happen to think that fiction’s real. Or that it has its own reality, that is just as valid as ours. I happen to believe that most of the important things in the material world start out as fiction. That everything around us was once fiction – before there was the table there was the idea of a table, and the idea of a table before tables was fiction. This is the most important world, the world of fictional things. That’s the world where all this starts.

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„[In science any model depends on a pre-chosen taxonomy] a set of classifications into which we divide the enormous complexity of the real world... Land, labor, and capital are extremely heterogeneous aggregates, not much better than earth, air, fire, and water.“

—  Kenneth E. Boulding British-American economist 1910 - 1993
Kenneth Boulding (1986) "What Went Wrong with Economics?" in: The American Economist Vol 30 (Spring) pp. 7-8, as cited in: (2013) " What Boulding Said Went Wrong with Economics, A Quarter Century On http://www.deirdremccloskey.com/editorials/boulding.php"

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