„It requires strength of character to act upon one's ideas; it requires no less strength of character to resist being seduced by them.“

—  Irving Kristol, 1960s, New Leader, April 1, 1963.
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—  Ilana Mercer South African writer
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„General ideas are no proof of the strength, but rather of the insufficiency of the human intellect.“

—  Alexis De Tocqueville, livro Da Democracia na América
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„A time is marked not so much by ideas that are argued about as by ideas that are taken for granted. The character of an era hangs upon what needs no defense. Power runs with ideas that only the crazy would draw into doubt. The "taken for granted" is the test of sanity; "what everyone knows" is the line between us and them.“

—  Lawrence Lessig, livro The Future of Ideas
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„The first character of a general idea so resulting is that it is living feeling.“

—  Charles Sanders Peirce American philosopher, logician, mathematician, and scientist 1839 - 1914
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