„Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel.“

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„I think women rule the world, and that no man has ever done anything that a woman either hasn't allowed him to do or encouraged him to do.“

—  Bob Dylan American singer-songwriter, musician, author, and artist 1941
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„I am less than what you tell about me but more than what you think about me“

—  Ali cousin and son-in-law of the Islamic prophet Muhammad 599 - 661
Context: A man sarcastically started praising Imam Ali, though he had no faith in him and Imam Ali hearing these praises from him said "I am less than what you tell about me but more than what you think about me."

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„I don't think I have anything to be ashamed of or apologize for with respect to what America has done for the world.“

—  Colin Powell Former U.S. Secretary of State and retired four-star general 1937
Context: There is nothing in American experience or in American political life or in our culture that suggests we want to use hard power. But what we have found over the decades is that unless you do have hard power — and here I think you're referring to military power — then sometimes you are faced with situations that you can't deal with. I mean, it was not soft power that freed Europe. It was hard power. And what followed immediately after hard power? Did the United States ask for dominion over a single nation in Europe? No. Soft power came in the Marshall Plan. Soft power came with American GIs who put their weapons down once the war was over and helped all those nations rebuild. We did the same thing in Japan. So our record of living our values and letting our values be an inspiration to others I think is clear. And I don't think I have anything to be ashamed of or apologize for with respect to what America has done for the world. We have gone forth from our shores repeatedly over the last hundred years and we've done this as recently as the last year in Afghanistan and put wonderful young men and women at risk, many of whom have lost their lives, and we have asked for nothing except enough ground to bury them in, and otherwise we have returned home to seek our own, you know, to seek our own lives in peace, to live our own lives in peace. But there comes a time when soft power or talking with evil will not work where, unfortunately, hard power is the only thing that works. Response to a question by George Carey (a former Archbishop of Canterbury), after the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (26 January 2003), as to whether the US had given due consideration to the use of "soft power" vs "hard power" against the regime of Saddam Hussein; this has sometimes been portrayed as an accusation by an Archbishop of Canterbury that the United States was engaged in "empire building", in which Powell's response has been paraphrased:

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„When I start writing a poem, I don't think about models or about what anybody else in the world has done.“

—  Gwendolyn Brooks American writer 1917 - 2000
"An Interview with Gwendolyn Brooks", Contemporary Literature 11:1 (Winter 1970)

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„No woman has excited "passions" among women more than I have. Yet I leave no school behind me.“

—  Florence Nightingale English social reformer and statistician, and the founder of modern nursing 1820 - 1910
Context: Now just look at the degree in which women have sympathy — as far as my experience is concerned. And my experience of women is almost as large as Europe. And it is so intimate too. I have lived and slept in the same bed with English Countesses and Prussian Bauerinnen [farm laborers]. No Roman Catholic Supérieure [president of a French university system known for their diverse, eclectic teaching methods] has ever had charge of women of the different creeds that I have had. No woman has excited "passions" among women more than I have. Yet I leave no school behind me. My doctrines have taken no hold among women. … No woman that I know has ever appris à apprendre [learned to learn]. And I attribute this to want of sympathy. You say somewhere that women have no attention. Yes. And I attribute this to want of sympathy. … It makes me mad, the Women's Rights talk about "the want of a field" for them — when I know that I would gladly give £500 a year [roughly $50,000 a year in 2008] for a Woman Secretary. And two English Lady Superintendents have told me the same thing. And we can't get one. Letter to Madame Mohl (13 December 1861)

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„This work fascinates me more than anything else I have ever done. I've been walking about London for the last thirty years, and I find something fresh in it every day.“

—  Walter Besant English novelist and historian 1836 - 1901
October 2, 1897: To-Day, An Interview with Sir Walter Besant http://books.google.com/books?id=unhNAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA262

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„It wasn't love at first sight. I think it was good comradeship more than anything else.“

—  Natacha Rambova American film personality and fashion designer 1897 - 1966
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