„My friends, our challenge today is not to save Western civilization — or Eastern, for that matter. All civilization is at stake, and we can save it only if all peoples join together in the task.“
„Let north and south — let all Americans — let all lovers of liberty everywhere — join in the great and good work. If we do this, we shall not only have saved the Union; but we shall have so saved it, as to make, and to keep it, forever worthy of the saving. We shall have so saved it, that the succeeding millions of free happy people, the world over, shall rise up, and call us blessed, to the latest generations.“
— Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865
Context: Our republican robe is soiled, and trailed in the dust. Let us repurify it. Let us turn and wash it white, in the spirit, if not the blood, of the Revolution. Let us turn slavery from its claims of “moral right,” back upon its existing legal rights, and its arguments of 'necessity'. Let us return it to the position our fathers gave it; and there let it rest in peace. Let us re-adopt the Declaration of Independence, and with it, the practices, and policy, which harmonize with it. Let north and south — let all Americans — let all lovers of liberty everywhere — join in the great and good work. If we do this, we shall not only have saved the Union; but we shall have so saved it, as to make, and to keep it, forever worthy of the saving. We shall have so saved it, that the succeeding millions of free happy people, the world over, shall rise up, and call us blessed, to the latest generations.
„By placing these people with foreign ideas in camps, German blood was saved. Would it have been better to have a civil war?“
— Karl Dönitz President of Germany; admiral in command of German submarine forces during World War II 1891 - 1980
To Leon Goldensohn, May 2, 1946, from "The Nuremberg Interviews" by Leon Goldensohn, Robert Gellately - History - 2004.
— Alice Walker, Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful: Poems
„Tolstoy's suggestions created no enthusiasm among the people. All.. seemed to be more than eager for Russia to hasten along the path already traversed by western civilization“
— Robert Hunter (author) American sociologist, author, golf course architect 1874 - 1942
„Of course, recognising our common humanity is only the beginning of our task. Words alone cannot meet the needs of our people. These needs will be met only if we act boldly in the years ahead; and if we understand that the challenges we face are shared, and our failure to meet them will hurt us all.“
— Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
„In Washington's day the task of the people was to create and weld together a nation. In Lincoln's day the task of the people was to preserve that Nation from disruption from within. In this day the task of the people is to save that Nation and its institutions from disruption from without.“
— Franklin D. Roosevelt 32nd President of the United States 1882 - 1945
„I don't give a shit what happens. I want you all to stonewall it, let them plead the Fifth Amendment, cover up or anything else, if it'll save it, save this plan. That's the whole point. We're going to protect our people if we can.“
— Richard Nixon 37th President of the United States of America 1913 - 1994
Statement to Haldeman, in tapes ordered released for the trial of Haldeman, Ehrlichman and Mitchell
„Heaven knows that I have done all that a mortal could do, to save the people, and the failure was not my fault, but the fault of others.“
— Davy Crockett American politician 1786 - 1836
As quoted in David Crockett: The Man and the Legend (1994) by James Atkins Shackford, p. 106
— Paul of Tarsus Early Christian apostle and missionary 5 - 67
1 Timothy 2:4 (as quoted in World English Bible http://biblehub.com/web/1_timothy/2.htm)
„It is your job, the task of young people in this world, to strip the last remnants of that ancient, cruel belief from the civilization of man.“
— Robert F. Kennedy American politician and brother of John F. Kennedy 1925 - 1968
Context: Only earthbound man still clings to the dark and poisoning superstition that his world is bounded by the nearest hill, his universe ends at river shore, his common humanity is enclosed in the tight circle of those who share his town or his views and the color of his skin. It is — It is your job, the task of young people in this world, to strip the last remnants of that ancient, cruel belief from the civilization of man.
„It is suggested that all written works, including this one, have dangerous implications to the vitality of an oral tradition and to the health of a civilization, particularly if they thwart the interest of a people in culture, and following Aristotle, the cathartic effects of culture. "It is written but I say unto you" is a powerful directive to Western civilization.“
— Harold Innis Canadian professor of political economy 1894 - 1952
From the 2007 Voyageur Classics edition, pp. 19-20.