„No man should judge unless he asks himself in absolute honesty whether in a similar situation he might not have done the same.“

Source: Man's Search for Meaning

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Austrian neurologist and psychiatrist, and Holocaust surviv… 1905 - 1997

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„If the man of power were to take a message of absolute honesty and absolute love seriously he would lose his power, or would divest himself of it.“

—  Reinhold Niebuhr American protestant theologian 1892 - 1971

Christianity and Power Politics (1936)
Context: In the simple and decadent individualism of the Oxford group movement there is no understanding of the fact that the man of power is always to a certain degree an anti-Christ. "All power," said Lord Acton with cynical realism, "corrupts; and absolute power corrupts absolutely." If the man of power were to take a message of absolute honesty and absolute love seriously he would lose his power, or would divest himself of it. This is not to imply that the world can get along without power and that it is not preferable that men of conscience should wield it rather than scoundrels. But if men of power had not only conscience but also something of the gospel's insight into the intricacies of social sin in the world, they would know that they could never extricate themselves completely from the sinfulness of power, even while they were wielding it ostensibly for the common good. (Chapter 29: "Hitler and Buchman")

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„When asked whether or not we are Marxists, our position is the same as that of a physicist or a biologist when asked if he is a "Newtonian," or if he is a "Pasteurian".“

—  Ernesto Che Guevara Argentine Marxist revolutionary 1928 - 1967

Notes on the Cuban Revolution (1960)
Context: When asked whether or not we are Marxists, our position is the same as that of a physicist or a biologist when asked if he is a "Newtonian," or if he is a "Pasteurian". There are truths so evident, so much a part of people's knowledge, that it is now useless to discuss them.

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„Whether he be an original or a plagiarist, man is the novelist of himself.“

—  José Ortega Y Gasset Spanish liberal philosopher and essayist 1883 - 1955

“Man has no nature”
History as a System (1962)

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„It is not so much the kind of person a man is as the kind of situation in which he finds himself that determines how he will act.“

—  Stanley Milgram Social psychologist 1933 - 1984

Source: Obedience to Authority : An Experimental View (1974), p. 205
Context: The social psychology of this century reveals a major lesson: often it is not so much the kind of person a man is as the kind of situation in which he finds himself that determines how he will act.

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„Unless above himself he can
Erect himself, how poor a thing is man!“

—  Samuel Daniel Poet and historian 1562 - 1619

To the Countess of Cumberland. Stanza 12, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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„Dionysius the Elder, being asked whether he was at leisure, he replied, "God forbid that it should ever befall me!"“

—  Plutarch ancient Greek historian and philosopher 46 - 127

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„The same qualities that make a decent boy make a decent man. They have different manifestations, but fundamentally they are the same. If a boy has not got pluck and honesty and common-sense he is a pretty poor creature; and he is a worse creature if he is a man and lacks any one of those three traits.“

—  Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919

1900s, Address at the Prize Day Exercises at Groton School (1904)
Context: I want to speak to you first of all as regards your duties as boys; and in the next place as regards your duties as men; and the two things hang together. The same qualities that make a decent boy make a decent man. They have different manifestations, but fundamentally they are the same. If a boy has not got pluck and honesty and common-sense he is a pretty poor creature; and he is a worse creature if he is a man and lacks any one of those three traits.

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„When a man asked him whether God coerced his bondsmen to sin. Al-Sadiq replied "Allah is more just than to make them commit misdeeds then chastise them for what they have done." The man further asked, "Has he empowered them with their actions?" al-Sadiq said, "If He had delegated it to them, He would have not confined them to enjoining good and forbidding evil." The man further asked, "Is there a station or a position between the two?"“

—  Ja'far al-Sadiq Muslim religious person 702 - 765

The Imam said, "Yes, wider than [the space] between the heaven and the earth."
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Source: [Nasr & Leaman, The History of Islamic Philosophy, February 1, 1996, Routledge, 978-0415056670, 256-257, 1, http://www.amazon.com/History-Islamic-Philosophy-Routledge-Philosophies/dp/0415056675]

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„Many a man can save himself if he admits he's done wrong and takes his punishment.“

—  Henrik Ibsen Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet 1828 - 1906

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