„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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„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, livro Meditações
Meditations (c. 121–180 AD), Book VI, Variant translation: If someone is able to show me that what I think or do is not right, I will happily change, for I seek the truth, by which no one ever was truly harmed. Harmed is the person who continues in his self-deception and ignorance. VI, 21

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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
Context: As I think of the many myths, there is one that is very harmful, and that is the myth of countries. I mean, why should I think of myself as being an Argentine, and not a Chilean, and not an Uruguayan. I don't know really. All of those myths that we impose on ourselves — and they make for hatred, for war, for enmity — are very harmful. Well, I suppose in the long run, governments and countries will die out and we'll be just, well, cosmopolitans. "A Conversation With Jorge Luis Borges" http://www.wooster.edu/artfuldodge/interviews/borges.htm, Artful Dodge (April 1980)

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„I would never do anything to harm the country or anything improper. I think most people who have dealt with me think I'm a pretty straight sort of guy, and I am.“

—  Tony Blair former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1953
1990s, Trevor Kavanagh, "Blair: My big blunder", The Sun, 17 November 1997, p. 8. Interview with John Humphrys on BBC TV's "On the Record", 16 November 1997.

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„If you can think of nothing that wouldn't do harm, then do nothing.“

—  Noam Chomsky american linguist, philosopher and activist 1928
Quotes 1990s, 1995-1999, Context: Let me just put the whole thing in a kind of mundane level. Like, suppose you walk out in the street, this evening, and you see a crime being committed, you know, somebody is robbing someone else. Well, you have three choices. One choice is to try to stop it, maybe you call 911 or something. Another choice is to do nothing. A third choice is to pick up an assault rifle and kill 'em both, and kill a bystander at the same time. Well, suppose you do that, and somebody says, "Well, you know, why did you do that?" And you say, "Look, I couldn't stand by and do nothing." I mean, is that a response? If you can think of nothing that wouldn't do harm, then do nothing. And the same is true, magnified, in international affairs. Apart from the fact that there were things that could have been done. Panel with Edward Said at Columbia University, New York, April 1999 http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=03/04/07/042214

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„I love my fellow-creatures, I do all the good I can,
Yet everybody says I'm such a disagreeable man
And I can't think why!“

—  W. S. Gilbert English librettist of the Gilbert & Sullivan duo 1836 - 1911
Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919), The disagreeable Man (from Princess Ida).

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„France is the nation of the rights of man. … I am sure that none of you commits the insult of thinking that the government, the army, or the administration could wish for and organize torture.“

—  Jean Monnet French political economist regarded by many as a chief architect of European unity 1888 - 1979
Speech on the war in French Algeria before French National Assembly (1957), cited in Torture: The Role of Ideology in the French–Algerian War (1989) by Rita Maran, p. 44

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„I tell you, if one wants to be active, one must not be afraid of going wrong, one must not be afraid of making mistakes now and then. Many people think that they will become good just by doing no harm - but that's a lie, and you yourself used to call it that. That way lies stagnation, mediocrity.“

—  Vincent Van Gogh Dutch post-Impressionist painter (1853-1890) 1853 - 1890
1880s, 1884, Letter to Theo (Nuenen, Oct. 1884), Context: I tell you, if one wants to be active, one must not be afraid of going wrong, one must not be afraid of making mistakes now and then. Many people think that they will become good just by doing no harm - but that's a lie, and you yourself used to call it that. That way lies stagnation, mediocrity. Just slap anything on when you see a blank canvas staring you in the face like some imbecile. You don't know how paralyzing that is, that stare of a blank canvas is, which says to the painter, You can't do a thing. The canvas has an idiotic stare and mesmerises some painters so much that they turn into idiots themselves. Many painters are afraid in front of the blank canvas, but the blank canvas is afraid of the real, passionate painter who dares and who has broken the spell of 'you can't' once and for all. Life itself, too, is forever turning an infinitely vacant, dispiriting blank side towards man on which nothing appears, any more than it does on a blank canvas. But no matter how vacant and vain, how dead life may appear to be, the man of faith, of energy, of warmth, who knows something, will not be put off so easily. He wades in and does something and stays with it, in short, he violates, "defiles" - they say. Let them talk, those cold theologians.

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„I enjoy going to fashion shows and I enjoy seeing what's new and fantastic but I just don't understand how fur is necessarily fashionable. I just think it's terrible to harm living animals all in the name of vanity… it's completely unnecessary.“

—  Tamara Ecclestone British model, socialite and television personality 1984
"Formula One heiress Tamara Ecclestone poses naked for Peta anti-fur campaign", The Telegraph (7 October 2008) https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/celebritynews/3154511/Formula-One-heiress-Tamara-Ecclestone-poses-naked-for-Peta-anti-fur-campaign.html.

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