„When a war breaks out, people say: "It's too stupid; it can't last long." But though the war may well be "too stupid," that doesn't prevent its lasting. Stupidity has a knack of getting its way; as we should see if we were not always so much wrapped up in ourselves.“

—  Albert Camus, livro The Plague

The Plague (1947)

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„Well, everybody got stupid now and then, especially in war.“

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„Blessed are the forgetful; for they get over their stupidities, too.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, livro Para Além do Bem e do Mal

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„I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, only as one who has seen its brutality, its stupidity.“

—  Dwight D. Eisenhower American general and politician, 34th president of the United States (in office from 1953 to 1961) 1890 - 1969

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„It is well that war is so terrible, otherwise we should grow too fond of it.“

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„We spend our lives fighting to get people very slightly more stupid than ourselves to accept truths that the great men have always known.“

—  Doris Lessing, livro The Golden Notebook

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Contexto: We spend our lives fighting to get people very slightly more stupid than ourselves to accept truths that the great men have always known. They have known for thousands of years that to lock a sick person into solitary confinement makes him worse. They have known for thousands of years that a poor man who is frightened of his landlord and of the police is a slave. They have known it. We know it. But do the great enlightened mass of the British people know it? No. It is our task, Ella, yours and mine, to tell them. Because the great men are too great to be bothered. They are already discovering how to colonise Venus and to irrigate the moon. That is what is important for our time. You and I are the boulder-pushers. All our lives, you and I, we’ll put all our energies, all our talents into pushing a great boulder up a mountain. The boulder is the truth that the great men know by instinct, and the mountain is the stupidity of mankind.

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„God pity us indeed, for we are human,
And do not always see
The vision when it comes, the shining change,
Or, if we see it, do not follow it,
Because it is too hard, too strange, too new,
Too unbelievable, too difficult,
Warring too much with common, easy ways“

—  Stephen Vincent Benét poet, short story writer, novelist 1898 - 1943

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Contexto: God pity us indeed, for we are human,
And do not always see
The vision when it comes, the shining change,
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Too unbelievable, too difficult,
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And now I know this, standing in this light,
Who have been half alive these many years,
Brooding on my own sorrow, my own pain,
Saying "I am a barren bough. Expect
Nor fruit nor blossom from a barren bough."

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