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Woody Allen – If there is a god

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Woody AllenIf it turns out that there is a god, I don’t think that he’s evil. But the worst that you can say about him is that basically he’s an underachiever.

Woody Allen   (1935-)

Hannah Arendt – The hypocrite’s crime

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Hannah ArendtThe hypocrite’s crime is that he bears false witness against himself. What makes it so plausible to assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integrity can indeed exist under the cover of all other vices except this one. Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core.

Hannah Arendt   (1906-1975)

John Adams – Innocence be protected

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John AdamsIt is more important that innocence be protected than it is that guilt be punished, for guilt and crimes are so frequent in this world that they cannot all be punished. But if innocence itself is brought to the bar and condemned, perhaps to die, then the citizen will say, ‘whether I do good or whether I do evil is immaterial, for innocence itself is no protection,’ and if such an idea as that were to take hold in the mind of the citizen that would be the end of security whatsoever.

John Adams   (1735-1826)

Louis Brandeis – Invasion of liberty by evil-minded rulers

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Louis BrandeisExperience should teach us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficent. Men born to freedom are naturally alert to repel invasion of their liberty by evil-minded rulers. The greatest dangers to liberty lurk in insidious encroachment by men of zeal, well-meaning but without understanding.

Louis Brandeis   (1856-1941)