„I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.“


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„I believe in the supreme worth of the individual and in his right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

I believe that every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity, an obligation; every possession, a duty.

I believe that the law was made for man and not man for the law; that government is the servant of the people and not their master.

I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.

I believe that thrift is essential to well-ordered living and that economy is a prime requisite of a sound financial structure, whether in government, business or personal affairs.

I believe that truth and justice are fundamental to an enduring social order.

I believe in the sacredness of a promise, that a man's word should be as good as his bond, that character—not wealth or power or position—is of supreme worth.

I believe that the rendering of useful service is the common duty of mankind and that only in the purifying fire of sacrifice is the dross of selfishness consumed and the greatness of the human soul set free.

I believe in an all-wise and all-loving God, named by whatever name, and that the individual's highest fulfillment, greatest happiness and widest usefulness are to be found in living in harmony with His will.

I believe that love is the greatest thing in the world; that it alone can overcome hate; that right can and will triumph over might.“

—  John D. Rockefeller American business magnate and philanthropist 1839 - 1937

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„A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.“

—  Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965
This quote is commonly attributed to Churchill, but appears in the "Red Herrings: False Attributions" appendix of Churchill by Himself : The Definitive Collection of Quotations (2008) by Richard Langworth, without citation as to where it originates. In American Character, a 1905 address by Brander Matthews, a similar quotation is attributed to L. P. Jacks ( link http://hdl.handle.net/2027/mdp.39015059451156?urlappend=%3Bseq=238). ""Our civilization is a perilous adventure for an uncertain prize... Human society is not a constructed thing but a human organization... We are adopting a false method of reform when we begin by operations that weaken society, either morally or materially, by lower its vitality, by plunging it into gloom and despair about itself, by inducing the atmosphere of the sick-room, and then when its courage and resources are at a low ebb, expecting it to perform some mighty feat of self-reformation... Social despair or bitterness does not get us anywhere... Low spirits are an intellectual luxury. An optimist is one who sees an opportunity in every difficulty. A pessimist is one who sees a difficulty in every opportunity... The conquest of great difficulties is the glory of human nature." L. P. Jacks, quoted in American character, by Brander Matthews, 1906

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„I believe that every single event in life happens in an opportunity to choose love over fear.“

—  Oprah Winfrey American businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist 1954
As quoted in Oprah, in Her Words : Our American Princess (2008) by Tuchy Palmieri, p. 71

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„Every person has his own ideas of the act of praying for God's guidance, tolerance, and mercy to fulfill his duties and responsibilities.“

—  Walt Disney American film producer and businessman 1901 - 1966
Context: Every person has his own ideas of the act of praying for God's guidance, tolerance, and mercy to fulfill his duties and responsibilities. My own concept of prayer is not as a plea for special favors nor as a quick palliation for wrongs knowingly committed. A prayer, it seems to me, implies a promise as well as a request; at the highest level, prayer not only is a supplication for strength and guidance, but also becomes an affirmation of life and thus a reverent praise of God.

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„The possession of great power necessarily implies great responsibility.“

—  William Lamb, 2nd Viscount Melbourne British Whig statesman 1779 - 1848
T.C. Hansard (ed.), The Parliamentary Debates From The Year 1803 To The Present Time. Vol. 36. (London: T.C. Hansard, 1817) p. 1227.

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„God assigns as a duty to every man the dignity of every woman.“

—  Pope John Paul II 264th Pope of the Catholic Church, saint 1920 - 2005
General audience of Wednesday, 24 November, which took place in the Paul VI Hall Source: http://theologyofthebody.us/node/133 (English)

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