„Isn't it dreadful? Here we are, two officers of the German General Staff, discussing how best to murder our commander in chief. It must be done. This is our only chance... Hitler must be cut down like a rabid dog.“
„If you feel that the Chief of the General Staff talks only rubbish, my place is not here. Better to give me a command at the front where I can be of better use!“
— Georgy Zhukov Marshal of the Soviet Union 1896 - 1974
To Joseph Stalin. Quoted in "Field Marshal Von Manstein, a Portrait: The Janus Head" - Page 164 - by Marcel Stein, Gwyneth Fairbank - History - 2007
„If our Creator has so bountifully provided for our existence here, which is but momentary, and for our temporal wants, which will soon be forgotten, how much more must He have done for our enjoyment in the everlasting world?“
— Hosea Ballou American Universalist minister (1771–1852) 1771 - 1852
Reported in Biography of Rev. Hosea Ballou (1854) p. 261.
„Democracy is not for Africa. There was only one African chief and here in Zaire we must make unity.“
— Mobutu Sésé Seko President of Zaïre 1930 - 1997
George B. N. Ayittey, Africa Betrayed, p. 65
„The philosophy of the impossible has been the dominant motive in human affairs for the past two centuries. We have pursued the mastery of nature as if we ourselves were not a portion of that nature. We have boasted of our command over our physical environment while we ourselves have done our urgent best to destroy it.“
— Robert Ardrey Screenwriter and author of several books on anthropology 1908 - 1980
The Social Contract: A Personal Investigation into the Animal Origins of Order and Disorder (1970)
„If we are to repudiate the Old Testament and banish it from our schools and from our national libraries, then we must disown our German classics.“
— Michael von Faulhaber German Roman Catholic Cardinal 1869 - 1952
Context: The German classics honoured the Scriptures of the Old Testament... If we are to repudiate the Old Testament and banish it from our schools and from our national libraries, then we must disown our German classics. We must cancel many phrases from the German language... We must disown the intellectual history of our nation.
„I would never have surrendered, because of my pledge as a German officer. But when Hitler died, that pledge ended. By killing himself, Hitler saved thousands of lives. They relieved us of our oaths as soldiers.“
— Otto Skorzeny Austrian SS-Standartenführer (colonel) in the German Waffen-SS 1908 - 1975
To Jack Bell of the Chicago Daily News, as quoted in Scoop : An Historical Adventure (2006) by James H. Walters, p. 34.
„To save the audience we must fill the stage with murderers, adulterers and madmen; in short, we must fire a salvo of monsters at them. They are our monster which we will temporarily free ourselves from only to face another day.“
— Nélson Rodrigues Brazilian writer and playwright 1912 - 1980
Life As It Is, page ii, by Nelson Rodrigues, English translation, Alex Ladd, Host Publications, pages
„During the afternoon it rained only in this stadium - our kitman saw it. There must be a micro-climate here. The pitch was like a swimming pool.“
— José Mourinho Portuguese association football player and manager 1963
„Let us stand on the scaffold of history — if hang we must — like the martyrs of Nuremberg, tall and proud! Is life so sweet, is comfort so precious and a job in a Jewish counting house so sacred that we are AFRAID to grasp the mighty hand of ADOLF HITLER reaching down to us our of our glorious past?“
— George Lincoln Rockwell American politician, founder of the American Nazi Party 1918 - 1967
In Hoc Signo Vinces
— Henri Barbusse French novelist 1873 - 1935
Context: Ah, there are cloudy moments when one asks himself if men do not deserve all the disasters into which they rush! No — I recover myself — they do not deserve them. But we, instead of saying "I wish" must say "I will." And what we will, we must will to build it, with order, with method, beginning at the beginning, when once we have been as far as that beginning. We must not only open our eyes, but our arms, our wings.
— Henning von Tresckow German general 1901 - 1944
1938. Roger Moorhouse, Killing Hitler, p. 237.
„It is our attitude toward free thought and free expression that will determine our fate. There must be no limit on the range of temperate discussion, no limits on thought. No subject must be taboo. No censor must preside at our assemblies. We need all the ingenuity we possess to avert the holocaust.“
— William O. Douglas Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 1898 - 1980
"The One Un-American Act," Speech to the Author's Guild Council in New York, on receiving the 1951 Lauterbach Award
„At a moment when it seems that our democracy is more defined by our discord and our dysfunction than by our own values and principles, let me begin by noting the somewhat obvious point that these offices that we hold are not ours indefinitely. We are not here simply to mark time. Sustained incumbency is certainly not the point of seeking office and there are times when we must risk our careers in favor of our principles. Now is such a time.It must also be said that I rise today with no small measure of regret. Regret because of the state of our disunion. Regret because of the disrepair and destructiveness of our politics. Regret because of the indecency of our discourse. Regret because of the coarseness of our leadership.“
— Jeff Flake American politician 1962