„Nothing is so well calculated to produce a death-like torpor in the country as an extended system of taxation and a great national debt.“

—  William Cobbett, Letter (10 February 1804).
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William Cobbett
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„International indebtedness involves not only the usual slavery of debt, but the interest of the creditor nations in the debtor country.“

—  Gustav Stresemann German politician, statesman, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate 1878 - 1929
1920s, Article for Zeit (20 April 1924), quoted in W. M. Knight-Patterson, Germany. From Defeat to Conquest 1913-1933 (London: George Allen and Unwin, 1945), p. 348

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„There is nothing more fulfilling than to serve your country and your fellow citizens and to do it well. And that's what our system of self-government depends on.“

—  George H. W. Bush American politician, 41st President of the United States 1924 - 2018
Address to the Senior Executive Service (1989), George Bush: "Remarks to Members of the Senior Executive Service," January 26, 1989. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=16628&st

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„There ain't nothing that breaks up homes, country, and nations like somebody publishing their memoirs.“

—  Will Rogers American humorist and entertainer 1879 - 1935
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„The Common Market. The so-called Common Market of six nations. Know them all well. Very recently this country spent a great deal of blood and treasure rescuing four of 'em from attacks by the other two.“

—  Clement Attlee Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1883 - 1967
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„The government is committed to extending the coverage of social security in the country to ensure Malaysians from all walks of life are covered by a sustainable and affordable social security system.“

—  Wan Azizah Wan Ismail Malaysian politician 1952
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„A nation or a civilization that continues to produce softminded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan.“

—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968
1960s, Strength to Love (1963), Context: There is little hope for us until we become toughminded enough to break loose from the shackles of prejudice, half-truths, and downright ignorance. The shape of the world today does not permit us the luxury of softmindedness. A nation or a civilization that continues to produce softminded men purchases its own spiritual death on an installment plan. But we must not stop with the cultivation of a tough mind. The gospel also demands a tender heart. … What is more tragic than to see a person who has risen to the disciplined heights of toughmindedness but has at the same time sunk to the passionless depths of hardheartedness? Ch. 1 : A tough mind and a tender heart

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„How can great minds be produced in a country where the test of a great mind is agreeing in the opinions of small minds?“

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„Anybody can reduce taxes, but it is not so easy to stand in the gap and resist the passage of increasing appropriation bills which would make tax reduction impossible. It will be very easy to measure the strength of the attachment to reduced taxation by the power with which increased appropriations are resisted. If at the close of the present session the Congress has kept within the budget which I propose to present, it will then be possible to have a moderate amount of tax reduction and all the tax reform that the Congress may wish for during the next fiscal year. The country is now feeling the direct stimulus which came from the passage of the last revenue bill, and under the assurance of a reasonable system of taxation there is every prospect of an era of prosperity of unprecedented proportions. But it would be idle to expect any such results unless business can continue free from excess profits taxation and be accorded a system of surtaxes at rates which have for their object not the punishment of success or the discouragement of business, but the production of the greatest amount of revenue from large incomes. I am convinced that the larger incomes of the country would actually yield more revenue to the Government if the basis of taxation were scientifically revised downward. Moreover the effect of the present method of this taxation is to increase the cost of interest. on productive enterprise and to increase the burden of rent. It is altogether likely that such reduction would so encourage and stimulate investment that it would firmly establish our country in the economic leadership of the world.“

—  Calvin Coolidge American politician, 30th president of the United States (in office from 1923 to 1929) 1872 - 1933
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„The Republicans had fielded an army and navy of more than 2.5 million men, had invented national banking, currency, and taxation, had provided schools and homes for poor Americans, and had freed the country's four million slaves.“

—  Heather Cox Richardson American historian
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„Death's a debt; his mandamus binds all alike — no bail, no demurrer.“

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„England is perhaps the only great country whose intellectuals are ashamed of their own nationality.“

—  George Orwell, livro England Your England
"The Lion and the Unicorn" (1941), Context: England is perhaps the only great country whose intellectuals are ashamed of their own nationality. In left-wing circles it is always felt that there is something slightly disgraceful in being an Englishman and that it is a duty to snigger at every English institution, from horse racing to suet puddings. It is a strange fact, but it is unquestionably true that almost any English intellectual would feel more ashamed of standing to attention during God save the King than of stealing from a poor box. The Lion and the Unicorn (1941), Part I: England Your England

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