„No progress, either moral or material, can be made in a world which is frozen, like ours, into a rigid mold of suppression of liberties.“

—  Damon Knight, livro A for Anything, A for Anything (1959), Chapter 10 (p. 120)
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—  Kirby Page American clergyman 1890 - 1957
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„This actual world of what is knowable, in which we are and which is in us, remains both the material and the limit of our consideration.“

—  Arthur Schopenhauer, livro O Mundo como Vontade e Representação
The World as Will and Representation (1819; 1844; 1859), Vol I, Ch. 4, The World As Will: Second Aspect, § 53, as translated by Eric F. J. Payne (1958)

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„America's leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment.“

—  Dwight D. Eisenhower American general and politician, 34th president of the United States (in office from 1953 to 1961) 1890 - 1969
1960s, Farewell address (1961), Context: We now stand ten years past the midpoint of a century that has witnessed four major wars among great nations. Three of these involved our own country. Despite these holocausts, America is today the strongest, the most influential, and most productive nation in the world. Understandably proud of this pre-eminence, we yet realize that America's leadership and prestige depend, not merely upon our unmatched material progress, riches and military strength, but on how we use our power in the interests of world peace and human betterment.

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„The most important truth which has ever been uttered, and the greatest discovery ever made in the moral world.“

—  A.E. Housman English classical scholar and poet 1859 - 1936
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—  Benito Mussolini Duce and President of the Council of Ministers of Italy. Leader of the National Fascist Party and subsequent Republican… 1883 - 1945
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„It's only when we're alive and in this world that we have the chance to progress. From the state of the world today, we haven't made much progress.“

—  Richard Matheson American fiction writer 1926 - 2013
The New York Times interview (1994), Context: To me, I don't even think of life after death. To me, life after death and reincarnation are just slices of the pie. Life is a huge wheel and it goes around and around, and life after death is just a segment of that. It comes down to spiritual growth. I think that we keep coming back until we learn what we need to learn, until we get it right. I think we've all lived hundreds, maybe thousands of times. That which you think becomes your world. It's only when we're alive and in this world that we have the chance to progress. From the state of the world today, we haven't made much progress.

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„In our modern complex world, fundamentalism is dangerous because of its rigidity and its imperviousness to other ideas.“

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