„Knowledge both enlarges and multiplies our Desires, and the fewer things a Man wishes for, the more easily his Necessities may be supply'd.“

—  Bernard Mandeville, livro The Fable of the Bees

"An Essay on Charity, and Charity-Schools", p. 328
The Fable of the Bees (1714)

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„In fact, all the additional knowledge gained by an irrationally constituted society may but enlarge and enhance the powers of death and destruction.“

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—  William Carey (missionary) English Baptist missionary and a Particular Baptist minister 1761 - 1834

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