„Pathans! Your house has fallen into ruin. Arise and rebuild it and remember to what race you belong.“

Quoted in Eknath Easwaran, A Man to Match his Mountains: Bacha Khan, Nonviolent Soldier of Islam (Nilgiri Press, Petaluma, 1984), p. 25.

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„When the master-builder has taken up the work concerned, he is to re-establish securely any place where the fortification has fallen into ruins. Let him reinforce and also rebuild it.“

—  Shulgi

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Variant: The master builder has taken up his work. Where substantial work has been neglected, let him return to it. He is to reiforce and rebuild it.

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„One of the things — the important aspects of this race — is role modeling what good families should look like. Our view was that, if you can't run your own house, you certainly can't run the White House.“

—  Michelle Obama lawyer, writer, wife of Barack Obama and former First Lady of the United States 1964

Speech Speech at a Women for Obama rally http://screens.blogs.nytimes.com/2007/08/22/if-you-cant-run-the-white-house/, Chicago (August 2007). (YouTube video) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sN1qZMBE9Gc
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„Who vaunts his race, lauds what belongs to others.“

—  Seneca the Younger, Hercules Furens

Alternate translation: He who boasts of his descent, praises the deeds of another (translator unknown).
Hercules Furens (The Madness of Hercules), lines 340-341; (Lycus).
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„Ruins—antique ruins at least—are what is left when history has moved on.“

—  Geoff Dyer English writer 1958

Yoga For People Who Can't Be Bothered To Do It (1993)
Context: Ruins—antique ruins at least—are what is left when history has moved on. They are no longer at the mercy of history, only of time. (p. 207).

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„Remember yourself.
You've got a Full House in your head tonight…“

—  Kate Bush British recording artist; singer, songwriter, musician and record producer 1958

"Remember yourself" was a motto of G. I. Gurdjieff, whose ideas were an early influence on Bush.
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„Haven't you heard that this house belongs to an ogre who eats little children?“

—  Charles Perrault French author 1628 - 1703

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„It is wrong not to give a hand to the fallen; this law is universal to the whole human race.“

—  Marcus Annaeus Seneca Roman scholar -54 - 39 BC

Book I, Chapter I; slightly modified translation from Norman T. Pratt Seneca's Drama (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1983) p. 140
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Original: (la) Iniquum est conlapsis manum non porrigere; commune hoc ius generis humani est.

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„We are finding out that what looked like a neglected house a year ago is in fact a ruin.“

—  Václav Havel playwright, essayist, poet, dissident and 1st President of the Czech Republic 1936 - 2011

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„What religion a man holds, to what race he belongs — these things are not important; the really important thing is this knowledge — the knowledge of God's plan for men. For God has a plan, and that plan is evolution.“

—  Jiddu Krishnamurti Indian spiritual philosopher 1895 - 1986

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Context: In all the world there are only two kinds of people — those who know, and those who do not know; and this knowledge is the thing which matters. What religion a man holds, to what race he belongs — these things are not important; the really important thing is this knowledge — the knowledge of God's plan for men. For God has a plan, and that plan is evolution. When once a man has seen that and really knows it, he cannot help working for it and making himself one with it, because it is so glorious, so beautiful. So, because he knows, he is on God's side, standing for good and resisting evil, working for evolution and not for selfishness.
If he is on God's side he is one of us, and it does not matter in the least whether he calls himself a Hindu or a Buddhist, a Christian or a Muhammadan, whether he is an Indian or an Englishman, a Chinaman or a Russian. Those who are on His side know why they are here and what they should do, and they are trying to do it; all the others do not yet know what they should do, and so they often act foolishly, and try to invent ways for themselves which they think will be pleasant for themselves, not understanding that all are one, and that therefore only what the One wills can ever be really pleasant for any one. They are following the unreal instead of the real. Until they learn to distinguish between these two, they have not ranged themselves on God's side, and so this discrimination is the first step.
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—  David Eagleman neuroscientist and author 1971

"Six ways the internet will save civilisation" in WIRED magazine (9 November 2010) http://www.wired.co.uk/magazine/archive/2010/12/start/apocalypse-no
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„It is as difficult for towns and cities as it is for commercial houses to recover from ruin.“

—  Honoré de Balzac, book Pierrette

Les villes se relèvent aussi difficilement que les maisons de commerce de leur ruine.
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„If there be an order in which the human race has mastered its various kinds of knowledge, there will arise in every child an aptitude to acquire these kinds of knowledge in the same order.“

—  Herbert Spencer English philosopher, biologist, sociologist, and prominent classical liberal political theorist 1820 - 1903

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„Can you please crawl out your window? Use your arms and your legs, it won't ruin you“

—  Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941

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