„In this country, some aristocratic families automatically categorize persons with dark skin, thick lips, and kinky hair as "Barias" [Amharic for slave]… let it be clear to everybody that I shall soon make these ignoramuses stoop and grind corn!“

—  Mengistu Haile Mariam, As quoted in Dr. Paulos Milkia's "Mengistu Haile Mariam: The Profile of a Dictator", reprinted from the February 1994 Ethiopian Review
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„I thank God, I shall never again visit a slave-country.“

—  Charles Darwin, livro The Voyage of the Beagle
The Voyage of the Beagle (1839), Context: I thank God, I shall never again visit a slave-country. To this day, if I hear a distant scream, it recalls with painful vividness my feelings, when passing a house near Pernambuco, I heard the most pitiable moans, and could not but suspect that some poor slave was being tortured, yet knew that I was as powerless as a child even to remonstrate. I suspected that these moans were from a tortured slave, for I was told that this was the case in another instance. Near Rio de Janeiro I lived opposite to an old lady, who kept screws to crush the fingers of her female slaves. I have staid in a house where a young household mulatto, daily and hourly, was reviled, beaten, and persecuted enough to break the spirit of the lowest animal. I have seen a little boy, six or seven years old, struck thrice with a horse-whip (before I could interfere) on his naked head, for having handed me a glass of water not quite clean; I saw his father tremble at a mere glance from his master's eye. … And these deeds are done and palliated by men, who profess to love their neighbours as themselves, who believe in God, and pray that his Will be done on earth! It makes one's blood boil, yet heart tremble, to think that we Englishmen and our American descendants, with their boastful cry of liberty, have been and are so guilty: but it is a consolation to reflect, that we at least have made a greater sacrifice, than ever made by any nation, to expiate our sin. chapter XXI: "Mauritius To England" (second edition, 1845), pages 499-500 http://darwin-online.org.uk/content/frameset?pageseq=512&itemID=F14&viewtype=image

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„I have this theory about smart people. If you’re smart, you’re either the only person in your family who’s smart, or everybody in the family is smart. No in-between.“

—  Douglas Coupland, livro JPod
JPod (2006), I considered this. “I think I come from the everybody’s smart category. But they don’t apply their smarts to… larger picture pursuits. That includes me.”

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„I do not think abortion should be legal in this country. Abortion should not be legal. That is clear. But if a family made the decision to break the law, that's that family's decision.“

—  Herman Cain American writer, businessman and activist 1945
America Live Fox News 2011-10-21 Television, quoted in * Herman Cain: I’m Not Pro-Choice, I’m Pro-Choice On Getting An Illegal Abortion Mediaite 2011-10-21 Alex Alvarez http://www.mediaite.com/tv/herman-cain-im-not-pro-choice-im-pro-choice-on-getting-an-illegal-abortion/ 2011-10-23

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„And let it be known that if a farmer wishes to burn his cotton, his house, his family, and himself, he may do so. But not his corn. We want that.“

—  William T. Sherman American General, businessman, educator, and author. 1820 - 1891
1860s, 1862, Dispatch to Stephen A. Hurlbut (July 1862), Context: No rebels shall be allowed to remain at Davis Mill so much as an hour. Allow them to go, but do not let them stay. And let it be known that if a farmer wishes to burn his cotton, his house, his family, and himself, he may do so. But not his corn. We want that. Dispatch to Brig. Gen. Stephen Hurlbut (July 1862)<!-- published where? -->

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„From such absurdity
I shall soon turn gray
or change into another person.
Why do you beckon me with your hand?“

—  Anna Akhmatova Russian modernist poet 1889 - 1966
Poem without a Hero (1963), Context: This means that gravestones are fragile and granite is softer than wax. Absurd, absurd, absurd! From such absurdity I shall soon turn gray or change into another person. Why do you beckon me with your hand? For one moment of peace I would give the peace of the tomb.

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„A country is signally blessed above others, which can grow Indian corn.“

—  Arthur Young English writer 1741 - 1820
Attributed to Arthur Young in: Henry Colman (1848), The Agriculture and Rural Economy of France, Belgium, Holland and Switzerland, from Personal Observation http://books.google.com/books?id=fAcOAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA300, p. 300

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