„I particularly approve of and welcome the arrest of millionaire saboteurs in the first and second-class railway carriage.“

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„Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled, or hanged.“

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

This was the lead sentence in an article "Democrats Usher in An Age of Treason" by conservative author J. Michael Waller in Insight magazine (23 December 2003) which a copyeditor (http://www.factcheck.org/misquoting_lincoln.html) mistakenly put quotation marks around, making it seem a quote of Lincoln.
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„A second class mind, but a first class temperament.“

—  Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. United States Supreme Court justice 1841 - 1935

A summation of his opinion of Theodore Roosevelt, indicated in various letters, but not recorded in so succinct a form; often incorrectly stated as his opinion of Franklin D. Roosevelt, as indicated in the p. xiv–xv Introduction to The Essential Holmes (1992) http://books.google.com/books?id=HamEkfqdMcEC&pg=PR14&lpg=PR14, edited by Richard A. Posner.
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„Every spy and saboteur knew what he had to expect when he was arrested.“

—  Paul Blobel German SS officer and Holocaust perpetrator 1894 - 1951

Quoted in "The Eichmann Kommandos" - Page 154 - by Michael Angelo Musmanno - 1961.

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„I believe as long as we allow conditions to exist that make for second-class citizens, we are making of ourselves less than first-class citizens.“

—  Dwight D. Eisenhower American general and politician, 34th president of the United States (in office from 1953 to 1961) 1890 - 1969

1950s, Remarks at the United Negro College Fund luncheon (1953)

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„It is a trite yet urgently true observation that if America is to remain a first-class nation, it cannot have second-class citizens.“

—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968

1960s, The Rising Tide of Racial Consciousnes (1960)

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„I encourage you to welcome refugees into your homes and communities, so that their first experience of Europe is not the traumatic experience of sleeping cold on the streets, but one of warm welcome.“

—  Pope Francis 266th Pope of the Catholic Church 1936

"Pope: welcoming refugees helps keeps us safe from terrorism", Lexington Herald-Leader (17 September 2016) http://www.kentucky.com/news/nation-world/world/article102453732.html
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„As there can be no second class citizens before the law of America, so—we believe—there can be no second-class nations before the law of the world community.“

—  Dwight D. Eisenhower American general and politician, 34th president of the United States (in office from 1953 to 1961) 1890 - 1969

1950s, Address at the Philadelphia Convention Hall (1956)
Context: The right of no nation depends upon the date of its birth or the size of its power. As there can be no second class citizens before the law of America, so—we believe—there can be no second-class nations before the law of the world community.

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„I have divided [the different sections of mankind] into three classes. The first, to which you and I have the honour to belong, marches under the banner of the progress of the human mind. It is composed of scientists, artists and all those who hold liberal ideas. On the banner of the second is written 'No innovation!' All proprietors who do not belong in the first category are part of the second. The third class, which rallies round the slogan of 'Equality' is made up of the rest of the people.“

—  Henri de Saint-Simon French early socialist theorist 1760 - 1825

[J]e me propose en m'adressant à différentes fractions de l'humanité, que je divise en trois classes: la première, celle à laquelle vous et moi avons l'honneur d'appartenir, marche sous l'étendard des progrès de l'esprit humain; elle marche sous l'étendard des progrès de l'esprit humain; elle est composée des savants, des artistes et de tous les hommes qui ont des idées libérales. Sur la bannière de la seconde il est écrit: point d'innovation; tous les propriétaires qui n'entrent point dans la première sont attachés à la seconde. La troisième, qui se rallie au mot égalité, renferme le surplus de l'humanité.
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„In America there are two classes of travel — first class, and with children.“

—  Robert Benchley American comedian 1889 - 1945

Source: "Kiddie-Kar Travel", Pluck and Luck (1925) http://books.google.com/books?id=ODtLAAAAIAAJ&q=%22In+America+there+are+two+classes+of+travel+first+class+and+with+children%22&pg=PA6#v=onepage; also in D.A.C. News http://www.dacnews.com/, September 1923 http://books.google.com/books?id=uLl9ULzkvikC&q=%22Kiddie+kar+travel%22&pg=PA27#v=onepage

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„I didn't throw the first punch. I threw the second four.“

—  Billy Martin American baseball player and coach 1928 - 1989

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„You're welcome to take a bath. You look like the second week of the garbage strike.“

—  Neil Simon playwright, writer, academic 1927 - 2018

Evy, in The Gingerbread Lady (1970); cited from The Collected Plays of Neil Simon (New York: Random House, 1971) vol. 2, p. 76

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