„Granting, I say that competition has hitherto been the universal law, the last word, of nature, still if only one man should stand up and say, "It shall be so no more," if he should say, "It is not the last word of my nature, and my acts and life declare that it is not," then that so-called law would be at an end.“

—  Edward Carpenter, England's Ideal: And Other Papers on Social Subjects (1887) p. 54
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