„Tell people there's an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority will believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure.“

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„The man who is right is a majority. We, who have God and conscience on our side, have a majority against the universe.“

—  Frederick Douglass American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman 1818 - 1895
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„Tell people that war is an evil, and they will laugh; for who does not know it? Tell them that patriotism is an evil, and most of them will agree, but with a reservation.“

—  Leo Tolstoy Russian writer 1828 - 1910
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