„I feel eternal pain for those who were killed by Hitler, but I feel no less pain for those killed on Stalin's orders. I suffer for everyone who was tortured, shot, or starved to death.“

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Testimony (1979)

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„Death is sweeter than continued life under tyranny. … Retaliation is a prescription from God. … We must rise up and kill those who kill us... Let them feel the pain of death that we are feeling.“

—  Louis Farrakhan leader of the Nation of Islam 1933

August 15, 2015 http://www.wnd.com/wnd_video/farrakhan-retaliation-we-must-rise-up-and-kill-those-who-kill-us/ (15 August 2015)

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„The pain of severe depression is quite unimaginable to those who have not suffered it, and it kills in many instances because its anguish can no longer be borne.“

—  William Styron, book Darkness Visible

Source: Darkness Visible (1990), III
Context: This general unawareness of what depression is really like was apparent most recently in the matter of Primo Levi, the remarkable Italian writer and survivor of Auschwitz who, at the age of sixty-seven, hurled himself down a stairwell in Turin in 1987. Since my own involvement with the illness, I had been more than ordinarily interested in Levi’s death, and so, late in 1988, when I read an account in The New York Times about a symposium on the writer and his work held at New York University, I was fascinated but, finally, appalled. For, according to the article, many of the participants, worldly writers and scholars, seemed mystified by Levi’s suicide, mystified and disappointed. It was as if this man whom they had all so greatly admired, and who had endured so much at the hands of the Nazis — a man of exemplary resilience and courage — had by his suicide demonstrated a frailty, a crumbling of character they were loath to accept. In the face of a terrible absolute — self-destruction — their reaction was helplessness and (the reader could not avoid it) a touch of shame.
My annoyance over all this was so intense that I was prompted to write a short piece for the op-ed page of the Times. The argument I put forth was fairly straightforward: the pain of severe depression is quite unimaginable to those who have not suffered it, and it kills in many instances because its anguish can no longer be borne. The prevention of many suicides will continue to be hindered until there is a general awareness of the nature of this pain. Through the healing process of time — and through medical intervention or hospitalization in many cases — most people survive depression, which may be its only blessing; but to the tragic legion who are compelled to destroy themselves there should be no more reproof attached than to the victims of terminal cancer.

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„I must say, that I enjoyed it, I must say that. Because those who killed so many defenseless people, those who aimed baby hospitals, those who aimed children while playing, could finally feel what it means to be targeted, to be defenseless… and they deserved it.“

—  Haris Silajdžić Bosniak politician 1945

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„I know this in no way alleviates the enormous amounts of pain and loss experienced by those who have suffered from the tsunami, but I hope it can make a difference.“

—  Sandra Bullock American actress and producer 1964

In a brief statement (4 January 2005), upon donating one million dollars to the relief efforts of the American Red Cross http://www.redcross.org/ in response to the tsunamis at the end of 2004. This was her second million dollar gift to the American Red Cross; she had also donated a million dollars after the terrorists attacks of September 11th, 2001.

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„One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision.“

—  Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970

Part I: Man and Nature, Ch. 1: Current Perplexities, pp. 4–5
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Context: Consider MacArthur and his Republican supporters. So limited is his intelligence and his imagination that he is never puzzled for one moment. All we have to do is to go back to the days of the Opium War. After we have killed a sufficient number of millions of Chinese, the survivors among them will perceive our moral superiority and hail MacArthur as a saviour. But let us not be one-sided. Stalin, I should say, is equally simple- minded and equally out of date. He, too, believes that if his armies could occupy Britain and reduce us all to the economic level of Soviet peasants and the political level of convicts, we should hail him as a great deliverer and bless the day when we were freed from the shackles of democracy. One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision.

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„I feel your pain.“

—  Bill Clinton 42nd President of the United States 1946

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„We are agreed that before we kill each other we should better serve mankind by killing those who order us to kill each other.“

—  John Brunner, book The Stone That Never Came Down

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„If everyone who claims to be a survivor actually is one,’ my mother used to exclaim, ‘who did Hitler kill then?“

—  Norman G. Finkelstein American political scientist and author 1953

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—  Richard Rohr American spiritual writer, speaker, teacher, Catholic Franciscan priest 1943

Source: Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer (1999), p. 129

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„If I wanted to kill somebody, I'd take this book and beat you to death with it, and I wouldn't feel a thing.“

—  Charles Manson American criminal and musician 1934 - 2017

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„The earth is not dying, it is being killed, and those who are killing it have names and addresses.“

—  Utah Phillips American labor organizer, folk singer, storyteller and poet 1935 - 2008

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