— John Thune United States Senator from South Dakota 1961
Michael Bloomberg, July 22, 2009. http://www.politico.com/blogs/glennthrush/0709/Bloomberg_Thune_has_a_lot_of_nerve.html
„Either the United States will destroy ignorance or ignorance will destroy the United States.“
— John Thune United States Senator from South Dakota 1961
— Margaret Mead American anthropologist 1902 - 1978
As quoted in Quotations for Our Time (1977), by Laurence J. Peter, p. 509
„There is no other country that can take the place of the United States in the foreseeable future. If the United States fails to provide the right kind of leadership our civilization may destroy itself. That is the unpleasant reality that confronts us.“
— George Soros Hungarian-American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist 1930
Context: We must recognize that as the dominant power in the world we have a special responsibility. In addition to protecting our national interests, we must take the leadership in protecting the common interests of humanity. I go into some detail as to what that entails. Mankind’s power over nature has increased cumulatively while its ability to govern itself has not kept pace. There is no other country that can take the place of the United States in the foreseeable future. If the United States fails to provide the right kind of leadership our civilization may destroy itself. That is the unpleasant reality that confronts us. Introduction, p. xxv
— Adi Shankara Hindu philosopher monk of 8th century 788 - 820
Context: Action cannot destroy ignorance, for it is not in conflict with or opposed to ignorance. Knowledge does verily destroy ignorance as light destroys deep darkness. p. 6: Quote nr. 3.
„At Punta del Este a great ideological battle unfolded between the Cuban Revolution and Yankee imperialism. Who did they represent there, for whom did each speak? Cuba represented the people; the United States represented the monopolies. Cuba spoke for America's exploited masses; the United States for the exploiting, oligarchical, and imperialist interests; Cuba for sovereignty; the United States for intervention; Cuba for the nationalization of foreign enterprises; the United States for new investments of foreign capital. Cuba for culture; the United States for ignorance. Cuba for agrarian reform; the United States for great landed estates. Cuba for the industrialization of America; the United States for underdevelopment. Cuba for creative work; the United States for sabotage and counterrevolutionary terror practiced by its agentsthe destruction of sugarcane fields and factories, the bombing by their pirate planes of the labor of a peaceful people. Cuba for the murdered teachers; the United States for the assassins. Cuba for bread; the United States for hunger. Cuba for equality; the United States for privilege and discrimination. Cuba for the truth; the United States for lies. Cuba for liberation; the United States for oppression. Cuba for the bright future of humanity; the United States for the past without hope. Cuba for the heroes who fell at Giron to save the country from foreign domination; the United States for mercenaries and traitors who serve the foreigner against their country. Cuba for peace among peoples; the United States for aggression and war. Cuba for socialism; the United States for capitalism.“
— Fidel Castro former First Secretary of the Communist Party and President of Cuba 1926 - 2016
— John Ralston Saul Canadian author and essayist 1947
„Defeat would blot the Confederate States of America from the face of the earth. Confederate victory would destroy the United States and create a precedent for further balkanization of the territory once governed under the Constitution of 1789.“
— James M. McPherson American historian 1936
James M. McPherson. "No Peace without Victory, 1861–1865" https://web.archive.org/web/20050404133343/http://www.historians.org/info/AHA_History/JMMcPherson.htm (2003), American Historical Association
— Victor Hugo French poet, novelist, and dramatist 1802 - 1885
Context: I represent a party which does not yet exist: the party Revolution-Civilization. This party will make the twentieth century. There will issue from it first the United States of Europe, then the United States of the World. Océan - Tas de pierres (1942)
„We have faith that future generations will know that here, in the middle of the twentieth century, there came a time when men of good will found a way to unite, and produce, and fight to destroy the forces of ignorance, and intolerance, and slavery, and war.“
— Franklin D. Roosevelt 32nd President of the United States 1882 - 1945
Address to White House Correspondents' Association, Washington, D.C. (12 February 1943)
„I am utterly convinced that Science and Peace will triumph over Ignorance and War, that nations will eventually unite not to destroy but to edify, and that the future will belong to those who have done the most for the sake of suffering humanity.“
— Louis Pasteur French chemist and microbiologist 1822 - 1895
As quoted in Louis Pasteur, Free Lance of Science (1960) by René Jules Dubos, Ch. 3 "Pasteur in Action"
— Dwight D. Eisenhower American general and politician, 34th president of the United States (in office from 1953 to 1961) 1890 - 1969
Context: The purpose of the United States, in stating these proposals, is simple. [... ] They aspire to this: the lifting, from the backs and from the hearts of men, of their burden of arms and of fears, so that they may find before them a golden age of freedom and of peace.
— Arthur C. Clarke, Childhood's End
Context: Science can destroy religion by ignoring it as well as by disproving its tenets. No one ever demonstrated, so far as I am aware, the non-existence of Zeus or Thor — but they have few followers now. Childhood's End (1953), p. 15
„In China, the state controls the corporations, whereas in the United States, the corporations control the state.“
— Ian Bremmer American political scientist 1969
"Dambisa Moyo's 6 Favorite Books," http://theweek.com/article/index/212693/dambisa-moyos-6-favorite-books The Week (March 4, 2011).