„I was moving around the refugee camps and helping the destitute with food and clothes. But I did not wander half-naked because the refugees were naked.“

Godse referring to Gandhi's way of empathising with destitutes not by helping them but by imitating their unfortunate circumstances
Excerpts from the play Mee Nathuram Godse boltoy

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Assassin of Mahatma Gandhi 1910 - 1949

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„Someone is saying we are contemplating sending aid to help the Pakistani refugees. I hope to hell we’re not.“

—  Richard Nixon 37th President of the United States of America 1913 - 1994

Source: FRUS, Nixon-Haig telcon, 29 April 1971, p. 99. quoted in Bass, G. J. (2014). The Blood telegram: Nixon, Kissinger, and a forgotten genocide.

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„I gave what other women gave
That stepped out of their clothes.
But when this soul, its body off,
Naked to naked goes,
He it has found shall find therein
What none other knows“

—  W.B. Yeats, book The Winding Stair and Other Poems

A Last Confession http://poetry.poetryx.com/poems/1404/, St. 3 & 4
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That stepped out of their clothes.
But when this soul, its body off,
Naked to naked goes,
He it has found shall find therein
What none other knows,And give his own and take his own
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„Geraldine: At least give me back my clothes. I feel naked without them.“

—  Joe Orton English playwright and author 1933 - 1967

What the Butler Saw (1969), Act I

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„Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.“

—  Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910

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„Ambition can never be naked in a political campaign, it must be clothed in deceit.“

—  Michael Kinsley American political journalist, commentator television host 1951

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„1200. Craft must have Clothes; but Truth loves to go naked.“

—  Thomas Fuller (writer) British physician, preacher, and intellectual 1654 - 1734

Introductio ad prudentiam: Part II (1727), Gnomologia (1732)

„There's a big difference between the words, ‘naked’ and ‘nekkid.’ ‘Naked’ means you don't have any clothes on. ‘Nekkid’ means you don't have any clothes on - and you're up to something.“

—  Lewis Grizzard American journalist 1946 - 1994

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„Phallic symbols. You know Catholics. I used to draw people naked all the time in my art class and my nun teachers used to tell me I had to put clothes on them. So I just drew lines around their bodies. See-through clothes.“

—  Madonna American singer, songwriter, and actress 1958

Madonna Interview : Island Magazine (October 1983), Island, 1983-10-01 http://allaboutmadonna.com/madonna-library/madonna-interview-island-magazine-october-1983,
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„A shot of cocaine and speed, and a shot of heroin. Stripped off all my clothes, leapt downstairs, and ran out on Park Avenue and two blocks down it before my friends caught me. Naked. Naked as a lima bean.“

—  Edie Sedgwick Socialite, actress, model 1943 - 1971

Tapes for the movie Ciao! Manhattan, on her first experiences with heavy drugs.
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„Nobody taught me how to say no when a beautiful naked woman begs me to take my clothes off.“

—  Charles Stross, The Laundry Files

Source: The Laundry Files, The Jennifer Morgue (2006), Chapter 7, “Nightmare Beach” (p. 144)

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