„Anas reported that the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "Make things easy for people and do not make them difficult. Give good news to people and do not frighten them away."“
— Muhammad Arabian religious leader and the founder of Islam 570 - 632
Riyadh-as-Saliheen by Imam Al-Nawawi, volume 4, hadith number 637
„Even old New York was once New Amsterdam.
Why they changed it I can't say;
People just liked it better that way.
Istanbul was Constantinople
Now it's Istanbul, not Constantinople
Been a long time gone, Constantinople
Why did Constantinople get the works?
That's nobody's business but the Turks!“
— Jimmy Kennedy Irish songwriter 1902 - 1984
Song Istanbul Not Constantinople
„Terror consists mostly of useless cruelties perpetrated by frightened people in order to reassure themselves.“
— Friedrich Engels German social scientist, author, political theorist, and philosopher 1820 - 1895
Letter to Marx http://www.marxists.org/archive/marx/works/1870/letters/70_09_04.htm (4 September 1870)
„The German people in its whole character is not warlike, but rather soldierly, that is, while they do not want war, they are not frightened by the thoughts of it.“
— Adolf Hitler, The speeches of Adolf Hitler, April 1922-August 1939
„Van Gogh... In this world of petty calculations, he was too intense. He frightened people. They cast him out.“
— Bram van Velde Dutch painter 1895 - 1981
two quotes, 16 July 1970; p. 77
„Does it really matter what these affectionate people do — so long as they don’t do it in the streets and frighten the horses!“
— Mrs Patrick Campbell British stage actress 1865 - 1940
Reply to a young actress who asserted that an older actor in a production showed too much affection for the leading man (c. 1910); as reported by Alan Dent in Mrs. Patrick Campbell, p. 78 (1961). Variants: "My dear, I don't care what they do, so long as they don't do it in the street and frighten the horses." "I don’t mind where people make love, so long as they don't do it in the street and frighten the horses." "It doesn't make any difference what you do in the bedroom as long as you don't do it in the street and frighten the horses." "Does it really matter what these affectionate people do, so long as they don't do it on the street and frighten the horses?" On the internet, a similar comment regarding politicians has been widely attributed to Victor Hugo, but without any definite sources. It appears to be a modern satirical invention, derived from Mrs. Campbell's statements.