„Everyone loves a witch hunt as long as it's someone else's witch being hunted.“

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„Jesus Christ: An irresponsible rabble rouser of communistic tendency; victim of an early witch-hunt.“

—  Edward S. Herman American journalist 1925 - 2017

Source: Beyond Hypocrisy, 1992, Doublespeak Dictionary (within Beyond Hypocrisy), p. 124.

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„We shall therefore compare the concept of homosexuality as heresy, prevalent in the days of the witch-hunts, with the concept of homosexuality as mental illness, prevalent today.“

—  Thomas Szasz Hungarian psychiatrist 1920 - 2012

Source: The Manufacture of Madness: A Comparative Study of the Inquisition and the Mental Health Movement (1997), p. 161.

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„Hunts differ in flavor, but the reasons are subtle. The sweetest hunts are stolen. To steal a hunt, either go far into the wilderness where no one has been, or else find some undiscovered place under everybody’s nose.“

—  Aldo Leopold, book A Sand County Almanac

“October: Smoky Gold”, p. 55.
A Sand County Almanac, 1949, "August: The Green Pasture," "September: The Choral Copse," "October: Smoky Gold," and "October: Red Lanterns"

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„For love of bustle is not industry – it is only the restlessness of a hunted mind.“

—  Seneca the Younger Roman Stoic philosopher, statesman, and dramatist -4 - 65 BC

Original: (la) Nam illa tumultu gaudens non est industria sed exagitatae mentis concursatio.
Source: Epistulae Morales ad Lucilium (Moral Letters to Lucilius), Letter III: On true and false friendship, Line 5.

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„There were only four witches in all the Land of Oz, and two of them, those who live in the North and the South, are good witches.“

—  L. Frank Baum, book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900)
Context: There were only four witches in all the Land of Oz, and two of them, those who live in the North and the South, are good witches. I know this is true, for I am one of them myself, and cannot be mistaken. Those who dwelt in the East and the West were, indeed, wicked witches; but now that you have killed one of them, there is but one Wicked Witch in all the Land of Oz — the one who lives in the West.

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„I have hunted all my life…but an AR-15 is not for hunting. It’s for killing.“

—  Bill Nelson

After the February 14, 2018 Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, on February 15, 2018 on the floor of the United States Senate ([Marc, Fisher, w:Marc Fisher, February 15, 2018, September 6, 2018, The Washington Post, The AR-15: ‘America’s rifle’ or illegitimate killing machine?, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/the-ar-15-americas-rifle-or-illegitimate-killing-machine/2018/02/15/743e66ca-1266-11e8-9065-e55346f6de81_story.html]; [USA Today, Florida shooting suspect bought gun legally, authorities say, Bart, Jansen, February 15, 2018, August 22, 2018, https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2018/02/15/florida-shooting-suspect-bought-gun-legally-authorities-say/340606002/]; [Florida Senators on Parkland School Shooting, February 15, 2018, C-SPAN, August 22, 2018, https://www.c-span.org/video/?441042-15/florida-senators-parkland-school-shooting]; [BBC, FL senator: 'AR-15 is not for hunting, it’s for killing', February 15, 2018, August 22, 2018, https://www.bbc.com/news/live/world-us-canada-43066528]) and in an interview on Fox News' Fox & Friends ([AR-15s are not the problem, manufacturers say after rifle-wielding teenage gunman kills 17 people at Florida school, Kevin, Breuninger, February 15, 2018, August 22, 2018, CNBC, https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/15/ar-15s-not-the-problem-rifle-manufacturers-say-after-school-shooting.html]) and the next day in an appearance in Parkland ([VERBATIM: 'An AR-15 is not for hunting, it's for killing', Reuters, February 16, 2018, August 22, 2018, https://www.reuters.com/video/2018/02/16/verbatim-an-ar-15-is-not-for-hunting-its?videoId=401778248]; ['An AR-15 Is for Killing': Sen. Nelson Hopes FL Shooting Is the 'Turning Point' on Gun Control, Fox News, February 16, 2018, August 22, 2018, http://insider.foxnews.com/2018/02/16/bill-nelson-florida-school-shooting-could-be-turning-point-gun-control]).

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„You've got to pick up every stitch.
Mmm… must be the season of the witch,
Must be the season of the witch.“

—  Donovan Scottish singer, songwriter and guitarist 1946

Sunshine Superman (1966), Season Of The Witch

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