„Our 'neoconservatives' are neither new nor conservative, but old as Babylon and evil as Hell.“

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American author and essayist 1927 - 1989

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„It is an odd circumstance that neither the old nor the new, by itself, is interesting; the absolutely old is insipid; the absolutely new makes no appeal at all. The old in the new is what claims the attention,—the old with a slightly new turn.“

—  William James American philosopher, psychologist, and pragmatist 1842 - 1910

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„Things are simply what they are, neither good nor bad. The potential for evil is not in our stars, but in ourselves.“

—  Paul J. McAuley British writer 1955

Source: Four Hundred Billion Stars (1988), Chapter 1 “Camp Zero” (p. 38)

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„Neither love nor evil conquers all, but evil cheats more.“

—  Laurell K. Hamilton, book Cerulean Sins

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„Marriage is neither heaven nor hell, it is simply purgatory.“

—  Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865

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„Neither conservatives nor humorists believe man is good. But left-wingers do.“

—  P. J. O'Rourke, book Republican Party Reptile

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„I have found in my experience in government that I could ignore neither the age-old nor the brand-new dimensions of world politics.“

—  Joseph Nye American political scientist 1937

Source: Understanding International Conflicts: An Introduction to Theory and History (6th ed., 2006), Chapter 1, Is There an Enduring Logic of Conflict in World Politics?, p. 2.

„We’re neither good nor evil. We’re simply interested in things as they are.“

—  Lloyd Alexander, The Chronicles of Prydain

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„The human being, corrupted to the root, can neither desire nor perform anything but evil.“

—  Martin Luther seminal figure in Protestant Reformation 1483 - 1546

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„Life itself is neither a good nor an evil: life is where good or evil find a place, depending on how you make it for them.“

—  Michel De Montaigne (1533-1592) French-Occitan author, humanistic philosopher, statesman 1533 - 1592

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„Friendship's the wine of life; but friendship new
(Not such was his) is neither strong nor pure.“

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Source: Night-Thoughts (1742–1745), Night II, Line 582.

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„For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision ; but a new creature“

—  Michael von Faulhaber German Roman Catholic Cardinal 1869 - 1952

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Context: The people of Israel, through the Mother of the Saviour, were kinsmen of Christ. But in the kingdom of God ties of blood are not sufficient... Christ, therefore, rejects the ties of blood; He demands the tie of faith, the hearing of the word of God. Whoever is united with Christ by baptism and by living faith is mother or brother to Him. So the question is not : Was Christ a Jew or an Aryan? It is : Are we members of Christ by baptism and by faith? For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision availeth anything, nor uncircumcision; but a new creature (Gal. vi, 15).

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„You say you are conservative — eminently conservative — while we are revolutionary, destructive, or something of the sort. What is conservatism? Is it not adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried?“

—  Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865

1860s, Cooper Union speech (1860)
Context: You say you are conservative — eminently conservative — while we are revolutionary, destructive, or something of the sort. What is conservatism? Is it not adherence to the old and tried, against the new and untried? We stick to, contend for, the identical old policy on the point in controversy which was adopted by "our fathers who framed the Government under which we live;" while you with one accord reject, and scout, and spit upon that old policy, and insist upon substituting something new. True, you disagree among yourselves as to what that substitute shall be. You are divided on new propositions and plans, but you are unanimous in rejecting and denouncing the old policy of the fathers.

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