„The greatest revenge is massive success.“

—  Les Brown

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American politician 1945

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„Satan's successes are the greatest when he appears with the name of God on his lips.“

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„Everyone's effort will be directed toward snatching a scrap of fraternal privilege from the legislature. The suffering classes, although having the greatest claim, will not always have the greatest success.“

—  Frédéric Bastiat French classical liberal theorist, political economist, and member of the French assembly 1801 - 1850

Source: Justice and Fraternity (1848), p. 319
Context: "[The socialists declare] that the State owes subsistence, well-being, and education to all its citizens; that it should be generous, charitable, involved in everything, devoted to everybody;... that it should intervene directly to relieve all suffering, satisfy and anticipate all wants, furnish capital to all enterprises, enlightenment to all minds, balm for all wounds, asylums for all the unfortunate, and even aid to the point of shedding French blood, for all oppressed people on the face of the earth.
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Mysticism of stone,
Which failure cannot cast down
Nor success make proud.“

—  Robinson Jeffers American poet 1887 - 1962

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