„It is better for a man to die at peace with himself than to live haunted by an evil conscience.“

—  James Fenimore Cooper, The Last of the Mohicans (1826), Ch. 8
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„Even a most evil man is better than the devil!“

—  Jan Hus Czech linguist, religion writer, theologist, university educator and science writer 1369 - 1415
pp. 201-202; Jan Hus in Booklet against the Cook-priest in response to the rival priest who swore that Hus is worse than any devil.

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„If we can't live in peace, then let's die in peace.“

—  Jim Jones founder and the leader of the Peoples Temple 1931 - 1978
" Death Tape http://jonestown.sdsu.edu/AboutJonestown/Tapes/Tapes/DeathTape/Q042fbi.html" FBI No. Q042 (18 November 1978)

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„Peace is the best thing that man may know; peace alone is better than a thousand triumphs“

—  Silius Italicus Roman consul, orator, and Latin epic poet 25 - 101
Context: Peace is the best thing that man may know; peace alone is better than a thousand triumphs; peace has power to guard our lives and secure equality among fellow-citizens. Let us then after so long recall peace to the city of Carthage, and banish the reproach of treachery from Dido's city. Book XI, lines 592–597<!--; spoken by Hanno.-->

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„Until he extends the circle of his compassion to all living things, man will not himself find peace.“

—  Albert Schweitzer French-German physician, theologian, musician and philosopher 1875 - 1965
Variant translation: Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace. Variant translation: Until we extend the circle of compassion to all living things, we will not ourselves find peace.

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„We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.“

—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968
Context: I must admit to you that there are still jail cells waiting for us, and dark and difficult moments. But if we will go on with the faith that nonviolence and its power can transform dark yesterdays into bright tomorrows, we will be able to change all of these conditions. And so I plead with you this afternoon as we go ahead: remain committed to nonviolence. Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate the white man, but to win his friendship and understanding. We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience. And that will be a day not of the white man, not of the black man. That will be the day of man as man.

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„You must not grieve so heavily.
Better are good than evil omens.“

—  Taliesin Welsh bard 518 - 599
Context: You must not grieve so heavily. Better are good than evil omens. though I am weak and small, Spumed with Dylan's wave, I shall be better for you Than three hundred shares of salmon.

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