„I would rather be a little nobody, then to be a evil somebody.“

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„I would far rather be ignorant than knowledgeable of evil.“

—  Aeschylus ancient Athenian playwright -525 - -456 a.C.
line 453; comparable to "where ignorance is bliss, / 'Tis folly to be wise", Thomas Gray, On a Distant Prospect of Eton College, stanza 10

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„The game is not about becoming somebody, it's about becoming nobody.“

—  Ram Dass American contemporary spiritual teacher and the author of the 1971 book Be Here Now 1931

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„A somebody was once a nobody who wanted to and did.“

—  John Burroughs American naturalist and essayist 1837 - 1921

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„If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.“

—  Benjamin Franklin American author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, inventor, civic activist, statesman,... 1706 - 1790
"Apology for Printers" (1730); later in Benjamin Franklin's Autobiographical Writings (1945) edited by Carl Van Doren

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„I was moved to tears by the thought that from being nobody the night before, I had become somebody.“

—  Milkha Singh Indian track and field athlete 1935
While at the EME Army center in 1951 in the cross country race he was declared 6 in the top 10 who among the 500 who ran. Quoted in

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„Decide on some imperfect Somebody and you will win, because the truest truism in politics is: You can’t beat Somebody with Nobody.“

—  William Safire American journalist 1929 - 2009
As quoted in The Quotable Politician https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Special:BookSources/159228132X, William B. Whitman, Global Pequot (2003), p. 60.

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„Evil people never believe that they are evil; rather, they believe that everyone else is evil.“

—  Mark Manson American writer and blogger 1984
Chapter 6, “You’re Wrong About Everything (But So Am I)” (p. 133)