„... as long as mankind shall continue to bestow more liberal applause on their destroyers than their benefactors, the thirst of military glory will ever be the vice of the most exalted characters.“

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„At bottom God is nothing more than an exalted father.“

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„Whosoever hereafter shall name my name, shall not record a malefactor, but a benefactor in the earth.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882
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