„The truth is, our civilization is not Christian; it is a tragic compound of great ideal and fearful practice, of loving charity and fearful clutching of possessions.“

—  Alan Paton
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„There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.“

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„All the fearful counterfeits of love — possessiveness, lust, vanity, jealousy — are closer to hate: they concentrate on the object, guard it, suck it dry.“

—  Sydney J. Harris American journalist 1917 - 1986
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—  Francis de Sales French bishop, saint, writer and Doctor of the Church j 1567 - 1622
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