„In contrast to 50 years ago, few licensed humanists today embrace any view of the humanities that could in fact justify making them the centerpiece of a college curriculum.“

Looking for an Honest Man (2009)

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American academic 1939

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„If you have always believed that everyone should play by the same rules and be judged by the same standards, that would have gotten you labeled a radical 50 years ago, a liberal 25 years ago and a racist today.“

—  Thomas Sowell American economist, social theorist, political philosopher and author 1930

Creators Syndicate http://articles.sun-sentinel.com/1998-11-28/news/9811270852_1_households-liberals-parents November 28, 1998.
1980s–1990s

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„The direct destruction of so-called "useless lives," already born or still in the womb, practiced extensively a few years ago, can in no wise be justified.“

—  Pope Pius XII 260th Pope of the Catholic Church 1876 - 1958

Allocution to Midwives on the Nature of Their Profession, October 29, 1951. http://www.ewtn.com/library/PAPALDOC/P511029.HTM http://www.papalencyclicals.net/Pius12/P12midwives.htm
Contexto: Besides, every human being, even the child in the womb, has the right to life directly from God and not from his parents, not from any society or human authority. Therefore, there is no man, no human authority, no science, no "indication" at all—whether it be medical, eugenic, social, economic, or moral—that may offer or give a valid judicial title for a direct deliberate disposal of an innocent human life, that is, a disposal which aims at its destruction, whether as an end in itself or as a means to achieve the end, perhaps in no way at all illicit. Thus, for example, to save the life of the mother is a very noble act; but the direct killing of the child as a means to such an end is illicit. The direct destruction of so-called "useless lives," already born or still in the womb, practiced extensively a few years ago, can in no wise be justified. Therefore, when this practice was initiated, the Church expressly declared that it was against the natural law and the divine positive law, and consequently that it was unlawful to kill, even by order of the public authorities, those who were innocent, even if on account of some physical or mental defect, they were useless to the State and a burden upon it. The life of an innocent person is sacrosanct, and any direct attempt or aggression against it is a violation of one of the fundamental laws without which secure human society is impossible. We have no need to teach you in detail the meaning and the gravity, in your profession, of this fundamental law. But never forget this: there rises above every human law and above every "indication" the faultless law of God.

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„All sense of dialectics is lost when someone believes that today’s economy is identical to the economy 50 or 100 or 150 years ago, or that it is identical to the one in Lenin’s day or to the time when Karl Marx lived.“

—  Fidel Castro former First Secretary of the Communist Party and President of Cuba 1926 - 2016

University of Havana address (2005)
Contexto: All sense of dialectics is lost when someone believes that today’s economy is identical to the economy 50 or 100 or 150 years ago, or that it is identical to the one in Lenin’s day or to the time when Karl Marx lived. Revisionism is a thousand miles away from my mind and I truly revere Marx, Engels and Lenin.

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„From the humanistic point of view every human achievement is unforgettable and immortal in its essence, even if it is replaced by a "better" one.“

—  George Sarton American historian of science 1884 - 1956

Preface.
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„Even 50 years ago, the streets of Leningrad taught me one thing: if a fight is inevitable, go and fight first.“

—  Vladimir Putin President of Russia, former Prime Minister 1952

2015-10-22, Valdai Forum. http://blogs.ft.com/the-world/2015/10/putin-on-isis-when-a-fight-is-inevitable-you-hit-first/
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„We believe it's the biggest advance in animation since Walt Disney started it all with the release of Snow White 50 years ago.“

—  Steve Jobs American entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple Inc. 1955 - 2011

On Toy Story as quoted in Fortune (18 September 1995)
1990s

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„The man who views the world at 50 the same as he did at 20 has wasted 30 years of his life.“

—  Muhammad Ali African American boxer, philanthropist and activist 1942 - 2016

Interview in Playboy magazine (November 1975)

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„A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.“

—  Bill Clinton 42nd President of the United States 1946

Remarks allegedly made about Barack Obama to Ted Kennedy in 2008, as quoted in Game Change : Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime (2010) in John Heilemann and Mark Halperin
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„The mood of the '50s is like today.“

—  Nancy Peters American writer and publisher 1936

"City Lights' silver lining", http://www.publishersweekly.com/article/CA310566.html Publishers Weekly, 2003-07-14. : Referring to the prosecution and acquital of Alan Ginsberg's book of poems, Howl, for obscenity in 1957.
2000s

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