„What happened when people who’d once possessed absolute power suddenly lost it?“

—  N. K. Jemisin, Chapter 8 “Light Reveals” (encaustic on canvas) (p. 170)
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—  Ben Carson 17th and current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; American neurosurgeon 1951
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„I keep thinking what happens when the power of love is twisted into the love of power.“

—  Maurice Davis American rabbi 1921 - 1993
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„May not the absolute and perfect eternal happiness be an eternal hope, which would die if it were realized? Is it possible to be happy without hope? And there is no place for hope once possession has been realized, for hope, desire, is killed by possession.“

—  Miguel de Unamuno 19th-20th century Spanish writer and philosopher 1864 - 1936
Context: May not the absolute and perfect eternal happiness be an eternal hope, which would die if it were realized? Is it possible to be happy without hope? And there is no place for hope once possession has been realized, for hope, desire, is killed by possession. May it not be, I say, that all souls grow without ceasing, some in a greater measure than others, but all having to pass some time through the same degree of growth, whatever that degree may be, and yet without ever arriving at the infinite, at God, to whom they continually approach? Is not eternal happiness an eternal hope, with its eternal nucleus of sorrow in order that happiness shall not be swallowed up in nothingness?

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