„I simply want to live; to cause no evil to anyone but myself.“

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„Lewd did I live & evil I did dwel
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—  John Taylor English poet of the 16th and 17th centuries 1578 - 1653
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„Shutting down inquiry is evil. Causing pain purposefully for no reason is evil. Enjoying causing pain by shutting down inquiry is an absolute evil.“

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—  Condoleezza Rice American Republican politician; U.S. Secretary of State; political scientist 1954
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