„We are not a family, we are a firm.“

— Jorge VI do Reino Unido, On the Royal family, quoted by A. B. Baxter in Destiny Called to Them (Oxford University Press, 1939)

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„We shall not fail — if we stand firm, we shall not fail. Wise counsels may accelerate, or mistakes delay it, but, sooner or later, the victory is sure to come.“

— Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865
Context: Of strange, discordant, and even hostile elements, we gathered from the four winds, and formed and fought the battle through, under the constant hot fire of a disciplined, proud, and pampered enemy. Did we brave all them to falter now? — now, when that same enemy is wavering, dissevered, and belligerent? The result is not doubtful. We shall not fail — if we stand firm, we shall not fail. Wise counsels may accelerate, or mistakes delay it, but, sooner or later, the victory is sure to come.

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„We are a wretched family, and ought to be exterminated.“

— Charles Darwin British naturalist, author of "On the origin of species, by means of natural selection" 1809 - 1882
Context: We are a wretched family, and ought to be exterminated. We slept here to rest our poor boy on his journey to Bournemouth, and my poor dear wife sickened with scarlet fever, and has had it pretty sharply, but is recovering well. There is no end of trouble in this weary world. (Owing to the illness from scarlet fever of one of his boys, he [Darwin] took a house at Bournemouth in the autumn. He wrote to Dr. Gray from Southampton). Volume II, Chapter III, "Spread of Evolution - 1861-1862,") p. 175 https://books.google.com/books?id=BSdBAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA175&dq=We+are+a+wretched+family+%26+ought+to+be+exterminated+++++darwin++scarlet+fever&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CDcQ6AEwBGoVChMI0OmV8rHGxwIVA56ACh2YEAYF#v=onepage&q=We%20are%20a%20wretched%20family%20%26%20ought%20to%20be%20exterminated%20%20%20%20%20darwin%20%20scarlet%20fever&f=false. Letter to Asa Gray (1810-1888), (21 August 1862)

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„Animals are not here for us to do as we please with. We are not their superiors, we are their equals. We are their family. Be kind to them.“

— Ricky Gervais English comedian, actor, director, producer, musician, writer, and former radio presenter 1961
Twitter, 17 November 2013; quoted in "Ricky Gervais Is PETA’s Person of the Year," PETA (23 December 2013) https://www.peta.org/blog/ricky-gervais-petas-person-year/

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„America cannot continue to lead the family of nations around the world if we suffer the collapse of the family here at home.“

— Mitt Romney American businessman and politician 1947
Press Conference: Announcing Candidacy for Presidency, 2007-02-13 http://www.cnn.com/2007/POLITICS/02/13/romney.announce/index.html

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„What we now have is too much focus on short-term revenues and almost no focus on the long-term survival or success of the firm. This is why you don't see anything very innovative out of firms like Apple.“

— Rob Enderle American financial analyst 1954
Why Are Tech Companies Trying to Kill Us? http://technewsworld.com/story/84944.html in Tech News World (13 November 2017)

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„We pledge to the families of Australia that we will never make your lives harder by imposing unnecessary new taxes.“

— Tony Abbott Australian politician 1957
Quoted in "Fact file: What Tony Abbott promised on tax" http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-05-01/fact-file-what-tony-abbott-promised-on-tax/5420226 ABC News, July 23, 2014

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„We would not have invaded a country that did not attack us. We would not have taken money from the working families and given it to the most wealthy families. We would not be trying to control and intimidate the news media. We would not be routinely torturing people.“

— Al Gore 45th Vice President of the United States 1948
Commenting to reporters in Sweden on how the US would have been different if he had won the controversial 2000 election, as quoted in "Gore: 'Absolutely no plans' to run again for president" USA Today (12 October 2005) http://www.usatoday.com/news/washington/2005-10-12-gore_x.htm

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„... there ought to be a law that we change identities and families every ten years or so.“

— John Updike American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic 1932 - 2009