„The plow has probably done more harm — in the long run — than the sword.“

—  Edward Abbey, Ch. 11 : Money Et Cetera, p. 100
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„At least so far, it’s climate change policy that’s doing harm. Climate change itself is probably doing good; or at least, more good than harm.“

—  Tony Abbott Australian politician 1957
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—  George S. Patton United States Army general 1885 - 1945
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„There is more honor in a field well plowed than in a field steeped in blood.“

—  Lloyd Alexander, The Black Cauldron
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„If the sociologist has a role, it is probably more to furnish weapons than to give lessons.“

—  Pierre Bourdieu French sociologist, anthropologist, and philosopher 1930 - 2002
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„No tool is more beneficial than intelligence. No enemy is more harmful than ignorance.“

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„Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures.“

—  Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919
Context: Probably the greatest harm done by vast wealth is the harm that we of moderate means do ourselves when we let the vices of envy and hatred enter deep into our own natures. But there is another harm; and it is evident that we should try to do away with that. The great corporations which we have grown to speak of rather loosely as trusts are the creatures of the State, and the State not only has the right to control them, but it is duty bound to control them wherever the need of such control is shown. Speech at Kennedy Plaza, Providence, Rhode Island (23 August 1902), Presidential Addresses and State Papers (1910), p. 103. <!-- Mem. Ed. XVIII, 76; Nat. Ed. XVI, 64 -->

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„France has done more for even English history than England has.“

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„Usefulness may turn out to be the hardest test of fitness for survival, more important than aggression, more effective, in the long run, than grabbiness.“

—  Lewis Thomas American physician, poet and educator 1913 - 1993
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