„If one perceives of it all – the entire War or even life as a whole – as a scene in the theater of 'infinity', many things are much easier to bear.“

—  Max Beckmann, Beckmann's Diary, 12 September 1940, Amsterdam; as quoted on: 'Arts in exile' http://kuenste-im-exil.de
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„The whole secret of life is to be interested in one thing profoundly and in a thousand things well.“

—  Horace Walpole English art historian, man of letters, antiquarian and Whig politician 1717 - 1797
As quoted in The Christian Leader, Vol. 37, Issue 7 (17 February 1934)

„It may be that we shall witness scenes surpassing in horror even those of the recent war.“

—  Kirby Page American clergyman 1890 - 1957
Context: Struggles between nations and struggles between classes we shall surely have during the coming decades. All indications point to further wars between nations. The struggle between capital and labor is daily growing in intensity.... It may be that we shall witness scenes surpassing in horror even those of the recent war. Foreword p. 9

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„In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy's country whole and intact; to shatter and destroy it is not so good. So, too, it is better to recapture an army entire than to destroy it, to capture a regiment, a detachment or a company entire than to destroy them.“

—  Sun Tzu ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher from the Zhou Dynasty -543 - 251 a.C.
Variant translations It is best to keep one’s own state intact; to crush the enemy’s state is only second best.

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„One end begins another
The countdown to infinity
A better life
A better way“

—  D. S. Bradford musician 1982
A Call To The Stars II: A Home In The Sky, verse 2, lines 1-4

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