„Surfeit begets insolence, when prosperity comes to a bad man.“

—  Teógnis Mégara, Line 153.
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„Only when man's life comes to its end in prosperity can one call that man happy.“

—  Aeschylus ancient Athenian playwright -525 - -456 a.C.
lines 928–929. Variant translations: Call no man happy till he is dead. Also attributed to Sophocles in "Oedipus The King". Hold him alone truly fortunate who has ended his life in happy well-being.

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—  Democritus Ancient Greek philosopher, pupil of Leucippus, founder of the atomic theory 460

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„Appetite is better than surfeit.“

—  James Howell Anglo-Welsh historian and writer 1594 - 1666

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„Too much reality can be a dazzle, a surfeit“

—  Theodore Roethke American poet 1908 - 1963
Context: Too much reality can be a dazzle, a surfeit; Too close immediacy an exhaustion "The Abyss"

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„The Jewish nation dares to display an irreconcilable hatred toward all nations, and revolts against all masters; always superstitious, always greedy for the well-being enjoyed by others, always barbarous — cringing in misfortune and insolent in prosperity.“

—  Voltaire French writer, historian, and philosopher 1694 - 1778
Essai sur les Moeurs et l'Esprit des Nations (1753), Introduction, XLII: Des Juifs depuis Saül http://www.voltaire-integral.com/Html/11/07INTFIN.html#i42

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„Even philosophers will praise war as ennobling mankind, forgetting the Greek who said: War is bad in that it begets more evil than it kills.“

—  Immanuel Kant German philosopher 1724 - 1804
As quoted in Philosophical Perspectives on Peace: An Anthology of Classical and Modern Sources (1987) by Howard P. Kainz, p. 81

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„Somewhere somebody must have some sense. Men must see that force begets force, hate begets hate, toughness begets toughness.“

—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968
Context: Somewhere somebody must have some sense. Men must see that force begets force, hate begets hate, toughness begets toughness. And it is all a descending spiral, ultimately ending in destruction for all and everybody. Somebody must have sense enough and morality enough to cut off the chain of hate and the chain of evil in the universe. And you do that by love.

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„Prosperity can come through peace alone.“

—  Paul von Hindenburg Prussian-German field marshal, statesman, and president of Germany 1847 - 1934
Context: Prosperity can come through peace alone. The German people are in favor of all possible means to make war impossible. I have seen three wars. A man who has seen three wars never will wish another war. He must be a friend of peace. But I am not a pacifist. All my impressions of war are so bad that I could be for it only under the sternest necessity — the necessity of fighting Bolshevism or of defending one's country.