„I have always thought that all men should be free; but if any should be slaves, it should be first those who desire it for themselves, and secondly, those who desire it for others. When I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.“

—  Abraham Lincoln, Statement to an Indiana Regiment passing through Washington (17 March 1865); The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln Volume VIII
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—  Ulysses S. Grant 18th President of the United States 1822 - 1885
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„I could not feel that, to the best of my ability, I had even tried to preserve the constitution, if, to save slavery, or any minor matter, I should permit the wreck of government, country, and Constitution all together.“

—  Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865
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„I feel that the longest and worst punishment should be reserved for those who slandered God by inventing Hell.“

—  Isaac Asimov American writer and professor of biochemistry at Boston University, known for his works of science fiction and popula... 1920 - 1992
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