— Frank Herbert, God Emperor of Dune
„All the men and women whom I have faced at that final moment, convince me that in what I have done, I have not prevented a single murder.“
— Albert Pierrepoint English executioner 1905 - 1992
Executioner: Pierrepoint. Harrap 1974. p. 211.
„And this is the whole shabby secret: to some men, the sight of an achievement is a reproach, a reminder that their own lives are irrational, and that there is no loophole - no escape from reason and reality. Their resentment is the cornered Dionysian element baring its teeth.“
— Ayn Rand Russian-American novelist and philosopher 1905 - 1982
„Religion finally severed the unity which all willed but none could trust. An heroic nation of monotheists sought to impose its faith on a vaguely pantheist world. For the first and last time the Second Men stumbled into a world-wide civil war; and just because the war was religious it developed a brutality hitherto unknown.“
— Olaf Stapledon British novelist and philosopher 1886 - 1950
Chapter VII: The Rise of the Second Men; Section 3, “The Zenith of the Second Men” (p. 110)
— Jay Leno American comedian, actor, writer, producer, voice actor and television host 1950
Said on a 2009 episode (13.7) of British motoring program Top Gear.
„As hope kindles hope, millions more will find it. By our efforts, we have lit a fire as well — a fire in the minds of men. It warms those who feel its power, it burns those who fight its progress, and one day this untamed fire of freedom will reach the darkest corners of our world.“
— George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946
— William Empson English literary critic and poet 1906 - 1984
„If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final.“
— Calvin Coolidge American politician, 30th president of the United States (in office from 1923 to 1929) 1872 - 1933
Context: If all men are created equal, that is final. If they are endowed with inalienable rights, that is final. If governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed, that is final. No advance, no progress can be made beyond these propositions. If anyone wishes to deny their truth or their soundness, the only direction in which he can proceed historically is not forward, but backward toward the time when there was no equality, no rights of the individual, no rule of the people. Those who wish to proceed in that direction can not lay claim to progress. They are reactionary. Their ideas are not more modern, but more ancient, than those of the Revolutionary fathers.
„Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things can not be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.“
— Mark Twain, The Innocents Abroad
Context: Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime. Vol. II, Conclusion http://books.google.com/books?id=f4EwNleAjJAC&q=%22Travel+is+fatal+to+prejudice+bigotry+and+narrow-mindedness+and+many+of+our+people+need+it+sorely+on+these+accounts+Broad+wholesome+charitable+views+of+men+and+things+cannot+be+acquired+by+vegetating+in+one+little+corner+of+the+earth+all+one's+lifetime%22&pg=PA333#v=onepage
„Alvin wondered if it was true—if all men had evil in their hearts, and those men as were good, maybe they were simply the ones who controlled theirselves so well they could act contrary to their heart’s desire. But if that were so, then no man was good, not one.“
— Orson Scott Card American science fiction novelist 1951
„Well it's a gloomy, rainy old day to be here in London, but it could be worse; I could be in Saudi Arabia where men are men, and women are cattle.“
— Pat Condell Stand-up comedian, writer, and Internet personality 1949
"More demands from Islam" (9 October 2007) https://youtube.com/watch/?v=mHh0NdR5Jh0
— Lindsey Davis English novelist 1949
„He said that men ought to remember those friends who were absent as well as those who were present.“
— Diogenes Laërtius biographer of ancient Greek philosophers 180 - 240
— Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. United States Supreme Court justice 1841 - 1935
Rock Island C.R.R. v. United States, 254 U.S. 141, 143 (22 November 1920).
„Five decades ago today, Americans came to this honored place to lay claim to a promise made at our founding: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” In 1963, almost 200 years after those words were set to paper, a full century after a great war was fought and emancipation proclaimed, that promise -- those truths -- remained unmet. And so they came by the thousands from every corner of our country, men and women, young and old, blacks who longed for freedom and whites who could no longer accept freedom for themselves while witnessing the subjugation of others. And so they came by the thousands from every corner of our country, men and women, young and old, blacks who longed for freedom and whites who could no longer accept freedom for themselves while witnessing the subjugation of others.“
— Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961