„Arguments are to be avoided, they are always vulgar and often convincing.“

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—  Thomas Fuller (writer) British physician, preacher, and intellectual 1654 - 1734
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„If I become so convinced that ‘I’m always right,’ the logical conclusion of that often ends up being great cruelty and great violence.“

—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
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„Appearances are very often both convincing and deceiving.“

—  Camillo Federici Italian actor and playwright (1749-1802) 1749 - 1802
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„The truth is always the strongest argument.“

—  Sophocles ancient Greek tragedian -496 - -406 BC
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„I have often before now been convinced that a democracy is incapable of empire…“

—  Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War
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„You often meet your fate on the road you take to avoid it.“

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