„Nothing is so contemptible as habitual contempt. It is impossible to remain long under its control without being dwarfed by its influence.“

—  Elias Lyman Magoon, P. 160.
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American minister 1810 - 1886
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„In politics nothing is contemptible.“

—  Benjamin Disraeli British Conservative politician, writer, aristocrat and Prime Minister 1804 - 1881
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„I would not give a fig for anybody's contempt for death. If its roots are not sunk deep in an acceptance of responsibility, this contempt for death is the sign either of an impoverished soul or of youthful extravagance.“

—  Antoine de Saint-Exupéry French writer and aviator 1900 - 1944
Context: To be a man is, precisely, to be responsible. It is to feel shame at the sight of what seems to be unmerited misery. It is to take pride in a victory won by one's comrades. It is to feel, when setting one's stone, that one is contributing to the building of the world. There is a tendency to class such men with toreadors and gamblers. People extol their contempt for death. But I would not give a fig for anybody's contempt for death. If its roots are not sunk deep in an acceptance of responsibility, this contempt for death is the sign either of an impoverished soul or of youthful extravagance. Ch. II : The Men<!-- *** Livre de Poche n°68, p. 59 --> Variant translation: To be a man is to be responsible: to be ashamed of miseries you did not cause; to be proud of your comrades' victories; to be aware, when setting one stone, that you are building a world.

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„Nothing can be more contemptible than to suppose Public RECORDS to be True.“

—  William Blake English Romantic poet and artist 1757 - 1827
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„Its contempt of simple pleasures which everyone could enjoy but for its folly? Its eyeless vulgarity which has destroyed art, the one certain solace of labour?“

—  William Morris author, designer, and craftsman 1834 - 1896
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„The idea of the Nation is one of the most powerful anaesthetics that Man has invented. Under the influence of its fumes the whole people can carry out its systematic programme of the most virulent self-seeking without being in the least aware of its moral perversion,-in fact feeling dangerously resentful if it is pointed out.“

—  Rabindranath Tagore Bengali polymath 1861 - 1941
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„How could man have such utter contempt for man? Because he had reached the point of contempt for God.“

—  Pope John Paul II 264th Pope of the Catholic Church, saint 1920 - 2005
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