„There must be a beginning of any great matter, but the continuing unto the end until it be thoroughly finished yields the true glory.“

Letter to Sir Francis Walsingham, from off Cape Sagres, Portugal (17 May 3067)

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„The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.“

—  George Müller German-English clergyman 1805 - 1898

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„Think where man's glory most begins and ends
And say my glory was I had such friends.“

—  W.B. Yeats Irish poet and playwright 1865 - 1939

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„How can our great society tolerate the continued brutalization of its citizens by crazed misfits? Criminals must be told that their CIVIL LIBERTIES END WHEN AN ATTACK ON OUR SAFETY BEGINS!“

—  Donald J. Trump 45th President of the United States of America 1946

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„It will never make any difference to a hero what the laws are. His greatness will shine and accomplish itself unto the end, whether they second him or not.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882

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Context: It will never make any difference to a hero what the laws are. His greatness will shine and accomplish itself unto the end, whether they second him or not. If he have earned his bread by drudgery, and in the narrow and crooked ways which were all an evil law had left him, he will make it at least honorable by his expenditure. Of the past he will take no heed; for its wrongs he will not hold himself responsible: he will say, All the meanness of my progenitors shall not bereave me of the power to make this hour and company fair and fortunate. Whatsoever streams of power and commodity flow to me, shall of me acquire healing virtue, and become fountains of safety. Cannot I too descend a Redeemer into nature? Whosoever hereafter shall name my name, shall not record a malefactor, but a benefactor in the earth. If there be power in good intention, in fidelity, and in toil, the north wind shall be purer, the stars in heaven shall glow with a kindlier beam, that I have lived. I am primarily engaged to myself to be a public servant of all the gods, to demonstrate to all men that there is intelligence and good will at the heart of things, and ever higher and yet higher leadings. These are my engagements; how can your law further or hinder me in what I shall do to men? On the other hand, these dispositions establish their relations to me. Wherever there is worth, I shall be greeted. Wherever there are men, are the objects of my study and love. Sooner of later all men will be my friends, and will testify in all methods the energy of their regard. I cannot thank your law for my protection. I protect it. It is not in its power to protect me. It is my business to make myself revered. I depend on my honor, my labor, and my dispositions for my place in the affections of mankind, and not on any conventions or parchments of yours.

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