„She was at that modulating point between indifference and love, at the stage called having a fancy for. It occurs once in the history of the most gigantic passions, and it is a period when they are in the hands of the weakest will.“

—  Thomas Hardy, książka The Return of the Native

Źródło: The Return of the Native

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—  Edward Bellamy American author and socialist 1850 - 1898

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—  Alasdair MacIntyre, książka After Virtue

What they set themselves to achieve instead - often not recognizing fully what they were doing - was the construction of new forms of community within which the moral life could be sustained so that both morality and civility might survive the coming ages of barbarism and darkness. If my account of our moral condition is correct, we ought also to conclude that for some time now we too have reached that turning point.
Źródło: After Virtue (1981), p. 263

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„Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most, that has made it possible for evil to triumph.“

—  Haile Selassie Emperor of Ethiopia 1892 - 1975

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—  Dietrich Bonhoeffer German Lutheran pastor, theologian, dissident anti-Nazi 1906 - 1945

Źródło: Discipleship (1937), Revenge, p. 142.
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