„Not power not cruelty not death not winning not fighting not money not oil not war not sex not tyranny: all tyrants fall.“

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„Love, money, sex or power:“

—  Preity Zinta film actress 1975
Love is most important. Least important would be power because if you have money, you automatically have power. Sex is also important because I'm a normal person.

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„Despite threats of death, I will not acquiesce to tyranny, but rather lead the fight against it.“

—  Benazir Bhutto 11th Prime Minister of Pakistan 1953 - 2007
Context: I fully understand the men behind Al Qaeda. They have tried to assassinate me twice before. The Pakistan Peoples Party and I represent everything they fear the most — moderation, democracy, equality for women, information, and technology. We represent the future of a modern Pakistan, a future that has no place in it for ignorance, intolerance, and terrorism. The forces of moderation and democracy must, and will, prevail against extremism and dictatorship. I will not be intimidated. I will step out on the tarmac in Karachi not to complete a journey, but to begin one. Despite threats of death, I will not acquiesce to tyranny, but rather lead the fight against it. "Journeying to democracy" in The Boston Globe (18 October 2007) http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2007/10/18/journeying_to_democracy/

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„Military power wins battles, but spiritual power wins wars.“

—  George Marshall US military leader, Army Chief of Staff 1880 - 1959
As quoted in A Toolbox for Humanity: More Than 9000 Years of Thought (2004) by Lloyd Albert Johnson

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„By them one saw vividly how great it was to be their kin, and English. And we were casting them by thousands into the fire to the worst of deaths, not to win the war but that the corn and rice and oil of Mesopotamia might be ours.“

—  T. E. Lawrence British archaeologist, military officer, and diplomat 1888 - 1935
Context: I am afraid that I hope so. We pay for these things too much in honour and in innocent lives. I went up the Tigris with one hundred Devon Territorials, young, clean, delightful fellows, full of the power of happiness and of making women and children glad. By them one saw vividly how great it was to be their kin, and English. And we were casting them by thousands into the fire to the worst of deaths, not to win the war but that the corn and rice and oil of Mesopotamia might be ours. The only need was to defeat our enemies (Turkey among them), and this was at last done in the wisdom of Allenby with less than four hundred killed, by turning to our uses the hands of the oppressed in Turkey. I am proudest of my thirty fights in that I did not have any of our own blood shed. All our subject provinces to me were not worth one dead Englishman. Introductory Chapter.

„Power can win the body count but it cannot win this war.“

—  Gerry Spence American lawyer 1929
Context: Power can win the body count but it cannot win this war. Because the enemy is not human. This is a war against a malicious spirit. Only fools attempt to defeat a spirit with guns and rockets and bombs. On the war against terrorism

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„We grow tyrannical fighting tyranny...“

—  E. B. White American writer 1899 - 1985
Context: We grow tyrannical fighting tyranny... The most alarming spectacle today is not the spectacle of the atomic bomb in an unfederated world, it is the spectacle of the Americans beginning to accept the device of loyalty oaths and witchhunts, beginning to call anybody they don't like a Communist. Letter to Janice White (27 April 1952)

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„At first thought, we might say, 'our job is to win a war'... but I am sure it would be closer to the hearts of all of us to say, 'We are fighting a war to assure a peace... our kind of peace.“

—  Carole Lombard American actress 1908 - 1942
Speaking at an Indianapolis war-bond rally, 15 January 1942 Quoted in Carole Lombard, The Hoosier Tornado by Wes D. Gehring, p. 1

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„They stormed Oudewater, and delivered it over to all imaginable cruelties, sparing neither sex nor age.“

—  William the Silent stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland and Utrecht, leader of the Dutch Revolt 1533 - 1584
On the actions of the Spanish at Oudewater, as quoted in William the Silent (1897) by Frederic Harrison, p. 87

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„We are fighting a major internal war against terrorism in Northern Ireland, and need more troops in order to win it.“

—  Margaret Thatcher British stateswoman and politician 1925 - 2013
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„The cruelty of war makes for peace.“

—  Statius Roman poet of the 1st century AD (Silver Age of Latin literature) 40 - 96
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