„I have committed many sins in my life. But stealing money from the government, from the people, is not one of them.“

—  Ferdinando Marcos, in an interview on ABC
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—  Courtney Love American punk singer-songwriter, musician, actress, and artist 1964
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—  Jim Jones founder and the leader of the Peoples Temple 1931 - 1978
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—  Adam Smith Scottish moral philosopher and political economist 1723 - 1790
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„Those who have driven away from the altar of God people whom He has chosen to make different, commit an ugly sin! The sin called Apartheid.“

—  Nelson Mandela President of South Africa, anti-apartheid activist 1918 - 2013
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„I've taken stuff from people, too. You know though, if you steal from one person, you're just a thief. But if you steal from everyone, that's research.“

—  Tony Bennett American singer 1926
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„Our Government springs from and was made for the people — not the people for the Government. To them it owes allegiance; from them it must derive its courage, strength, and wisdom.“

—  Andrew Johnson American politician, 17th president of the United States (in office from 1865 to 1869) 1808 - 1875
Context: Our Government springs from and was made for the people — not the people for the Government. To them it owes allegiance; from them it must derive its courage, strength, and wisdom. But while the Government is thus bound to defer to the people, from whom it derives its existence, it should, from the very consideration of its origin, be strong in its power of resistance to the establishment of inequalities. Monopolies, perpetuities, and class legislation are contrary to the genius of free government, and ought not to be allowed. Here there is no room for favored classes or monopolies; the principle of our Government is that of equal laws and freedom of industry. Wherever monopoly attains a foothold, it is sure to be a source of danger, discord, and trouble. We shall but fulfill our duties as legislators by according "equal and exact justice to all men," special privileges to none.

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