„I have never opened with the QP – on principle.“

—  Bobby Fischer, On 1.d4
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„I tell you, I have never opened anyone’s file ever.“

—  Narendra Modi Prime Minister of India 1950
Context: I think this is a very dirty question [asked about Robert Vadra]. On one hand, no one is above the law. Suppose there is an allegation against Narendra Modi, and suppose tomorrow Narendra Modi becomes the Prime Minister, then should the case against him be initiated or not; just because I became the Prime Minister everything be closed. It cannot be like that, right? I am not above anyone. But I am talking about myself here, not the person you asked about, don’t mix it up, I am sure you won’t play the news trader gimmick. I have 14 years to experience of running a government. I tell you, I have never opened anyone’s file ever. It is my opinion that I got involved in all that then I would just have gotten more lost in it and would have been unable to do any good work. This is my personal opinion, I am not telling this as a government policy. I have separated myself from all this in 14 years and gave support only to new positive initiatives. I am not even aware of them, they are old things and must be in progress, the government knows it’s work. We come in for five years, if we start lugging this garbage [e. g., old corruption cases] around then when will we [have time to] do some good work[? ] So it is my opinion that my energies not be wasted in garbage. My energies should be directed towards good constructive work. Five years is very little time, if we get caught elsewhere then how will we do any good for the country. Rest [of] the law [e. g., the judiciary] should take its own course.

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„I've never really had bad chemistry with anybody. And I think you just really have to be open.“

—  Jason Biggs American actor 1978
Interview with Larry Smith, basis for Bigg's character on the show Orange Is the New Black, interview excerpted in: —

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„The first principle of a free society is an untrammeled flow of words in an open forum.“

—  Adlai Stevenson mid-20th-century Governor of Illinois and Ambassador to the UN 1900 - 1965
As quoted in The New York Times (19 January 1962)

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„The Republican principle, the unalterable principle, never to be lost sight of, is that slavery is wrong.“

—  Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865
Speech https://diplomatdc.wordpress.com/2010/06/05/the-libertarian-attack-on-abraham-lincoln-by-gregory-hilton/ (1859)

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