„When the suicide arrived at the sky, the people there asked him: "Why?" He replied: "Because no one admired me.“

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„When the slave auctioneer asked in what he was proficient, he replied, "In ruling people."“

—  Diogenes of Sinope ancient Greek philosopher, one of the founders of the Cynic philosophy -404 - -322 a.C.
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—  Maxwell D. Taylor United States general 1901 - 1987
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„When I feed the hungry, they call me a saint. When I ask why people are hungry, they call me a Communist.“

—  Dorothy Day Social activist 1897 - 1980
Dom Helder Camara, Brazilian archbishop, as quoted in Peace Behind Bars : A Peacemaking Priest's Journal from Jail (1995) by John Dear, p. 65; this is a translation of "Quando dou comida aos pobres chamam-me de santo. Quando pergunto por que eles são pobres chamam-me de comunista." Variant translations: When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why are they poor, they call me a Communist. When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a Communist.

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„Why were the people not shot dead when they arrived at the first laager?“

—  Piet Joubert Boer politician and general 1834 - 1900
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„People ask me, 'Why Des Moines?'
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„People ask about dictators, "Why?" But dictators themselves ask, "Why not?"“

—  Garry Kasparov former chess world champion 1963
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