„The reactionaries of our Movement are keen to prevent Socialists from coming into it. The last thing anyone should do is to pander to the reactionaries by staying out. James Maxton and Harry Pollitt should be the Leaders of the Labour Movement today“

The Manchester Guardian (15 February 1937), quoted in Hugh Dalton, The Fateful Years. Memoirs 1931-1945 (London: Frederick Muller Ltd, 1957), p. 151

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„All reactionaries are paper tigers. In appearance, the reactionaries are terrifying, but in reality they are not so powerful. From a long-term point of view, it is not the reactionaries but the people who are really powerful.“

—  Mao Zedong Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China 1893 - 1976

Chapter 6 https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/mao/works/red-book/ch06.htm, originally published in Talk with the American Correspondent Anna Louise Strong (August 1946), Selected Works, Vol. IV, p. 100.
Original: (zh) 一切反动派都是纸老虎。看起来反动派的样子是可怕的,但是实际上并没有什么了不起的力量。从长远的观点看问题,真正强大的力量不是属于反动派,而是属于人民。

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„Nothing is more true than that excess of every kind is followed by reaction; a fact which should be pondered by reformer and reactionary alike.“

—  Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919

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Contexto: Nothing is more true than that excess of every kind is followed by reaction; a fact which should be pondered by reformer and reactionary alike. We are face to face with new conceptions of the relations of property to human welfare, chiefly because certain advocates of the rights of property as against the rights of men have been pushing their claims too far. The man who wrongly holds that every human right is secondary to his profit must now give way to the advocate of human welfare, who rightly maintains that every man holds his property subject to the general right of the community to regulate its use to whatever degree the public welfare may require it.

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„Should we not from that moment be at a stand-still in all the principal movements of our lives?“

—  Robert Chambers (publisher, born 1802) Scottish publisher and writer 1802 - 1871

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Contexto: Just suppose for a moment that every fact reported to us by others were viewed in the light of the skeptical system, as to the fallaciousness of the senses and the tendency to self-deception. Should we not from that moment be at a stand-still in all the principal movements of our lives?

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„That the situation is hopeless should not prevent us from doing our best.“

—  Aldo Leopold American writer and scientist 1887 - 1948

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„The more enlightened of their leaders looked upon him as a reactionary, standing in the way of the people's progress.“

—  Robert Hunter (author) American sociologist, author, golf course architect 1874 - 1942

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—  Yuan Tengfei history teacher in Beijing, China 1972

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