„I cannot bring myself to believe that any human being lives who would do me any harm.“

—  Abraham Lincoln, Remark to Gen. Edward H. Ripley (5 April 1865), recalled during Ripley's speech http://books.google.com/books?id=1OoSAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA353&dq=believe at the 41st annual meeting of the Reunion Society of Vermont Officers (1 November 1904)
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„We do not want to harm any human being, not even our worst enemy. Our walk of life is to live in truth and righteousness of God, in peace and unity.... If all the world were like us there would be no war and no injustice.“

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—  Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
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—  Martin Sheen American actor 1940
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„Do I know I'm right? Judgements aren't the same as facts. Instinct is not science. I'm like any other human being, as fallible and as capable of being wrong. I only know what I believe.“

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