„Donald Judd spoke of a 'neutral' surface, but what is meant? Neutrality must involve some relationship (to other ways of painting, thinking?) He would have to include these in his work to establish the neutrality of that surface. He also used 'non' or 'not' – expressive – this is an early problem – a negative solution or – expression of new sense – which can help one into – what one has not known. 'Neutral' expresses an intention.“

—  Jasper Johns, Book A (sketchbook), p 31, c 1963: as quoted in Jasper Johns, Writings, sketchbook Notes, Interviews, ed. Kirk Varnedoe, Moma New York, 1996, p. 50
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—  Jasper Johns American artist 1930
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„A market is not politically neutral; its existence creates economic power which one actor can use against another.“

—  Robert Gilpin Political scientist 1930
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„Ladies there is no neutral position for us to assume.“

—  Gertrude Stein American art collector and experimental writer of novels, poetry and plays 1874 - 1946
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„The educator has the duty of not being neutral.“

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„What would be done to us in the name of war if these things are done to us in the name of neutrality?“

—  Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919
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„Neutrality is not politics.“

—  Eleftherios Venizelos Greek politician 1864 - 1936
Eleftherios Venizelos in:. Histoire diplomatique de la Grèce de 1821 à nos jours. tome V, Edouard Driault et Michel Lheritier, éd. PUF, 1926, p. 164; Venizelos about the decision of Consantine I to keep Greece neutral during WWI

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„Technology is not neutral. We're inside of what we make, and it's inside of us. We're living in a world of connections — and it matters which ones get made and unmade.“

—  Donna Haraway scholar in the field of science and technology studies 1944
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„There is no power on earth, that can neutralize the influence of a high, pure, simple and useful life.“

—  Booker T. Washington African-American educator, author, orator, and advisor 1856 - 1915
"The Virtue of Simplicity," from Character Building: Being Addresses Delivered on Sunday Evenings to the Students of Tuskegee Institute (1902), p. 41 http://books.google.com/books?vid=0xSIrRTbnYkF0PDougzpPqX&id=DYYMAAAAIAAJ&pg=PP9&lpg=PP9&dq=%22Character+Building:+Being+Addresses+Delivered%22#PPA41,M1

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„My leading idea was the establishment of a journal removed alike from servile partisanship on the one hand and from gagged, mincing neutrality on the other.“

—  Horace Greeley American politician and publisher 1811 - 1872
On the founding of the New-York Tribune, in Recollections of a Busy Life http://books.google.com/books?id=wQgxAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA137 (1868), p. 137.

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„Studies in painting: Non. He learned to express himself by means of art in the same way as the child learns to talk. No teaching is needed for the one who is born an artist, and even the expression 'self-taught' is a phony, he thinks.“

—  Max Ernst German painter, sculptor and graphic artist 1891 - 1976
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