„I do no­body harm, I say none harm, I think none harm, but wish everybody good. And if this be not enough to keep a man alive, in good faith, I long not to live.“

— Thomas More, Thomas More's Account, in a letter to his daughter Margaret Roper, of his Second Interrogation
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„That which is good for the enemy harms you, and that which is good for you harms the enemy.“

— Niccolo Machiavelli Italian politician, Writer and Author 1469 - 1527
Rule 1 from Machiavelli's Lord Fabrizio Colonna: libro settimo (Book 7) http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=njp.32101013672561;view=1up;seq=176 (Modern Italian uses nemico instead of nimico.)

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„At least so far, it’s climate change policy that’s doing harm. Climate change itself is probably doing good; or at least, more good than harm.“

— Tony Abbott Australian politician 1957
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„That's all I want- to do no harm.“

— Gregory Maguire, Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

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„If any man can convince me and bring home to me that I do not think or act aright, gladly will I change; for I search after truth, by which man never yet was harmed. But he is harmed who abideth on still in his deception and ignorance.“

— Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
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„It's always the good men who do the most harm in the world.“

— Henry Adams journalist, historian, academic, novelist 1838 - 1918
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„I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast; for I intend to go in harm's way.“

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„As I think of the many myths, there is one that is very harmful, and that is the myth of countries.“

— Jorge Luis Borges Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, and a key figure in Spanish language literature 1899 - 1986
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