„We should become angels and not devils, that’s why we have been created and born into the world. Therefore be and stick to what God has chosen you for.“

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„In whatever manner God created the world, it would always have been regular and in a certain general order. God, however, has chosen the most perfect, that is to say, the one which is at the same time the simplest in hypothesis and the richest in phenomena.“

—  Gottfried Leibniz German mathematician and philosopher 1646 - 1716
Discours de métaphysique (1686); Leibniz famously tried to show that ours is the best of all possible worlds (see also Monadologie (53 & 54) below and compare Maimonides from Guide for the Perplexed (c. 1190), "Whatever is formed of matter receives the most perfect form possible in that species of matter.") These attempts were mercilessly parodied in Voltaire's Candide. Quotations from Voltaire's novel are often mistakenly attributed to Leibniz. Other statements by Leibniz upon the subject include these: S'il n'y avait pas le meilleur (optimum) parmi tous les mondes possibles, Dieu n'en aurait produit aucun. If there were no best among all possible worlds, God would not have created one. Théodicée (1710)ː I. 8 I do not believe that a world without evil, preferable in order to ours, is possible; otherwise it would have been preferred. It is necessary to believe that the mixture of evil has produced the greatest possible good: otherwise the evil would not have been permitted. The combination of all the tendencies to the good has produced the best; but as there are goods that are incompatible together, this combination and this result can introduce the destruction of some good, and as a result some evil. Letter to Bourguet (late 1712)], as translated in The Shorter Leibniz Texts (2006) http://books.google.com/books?id=oFoCY3xJ8nkC&dq edited by Lloyd H. Strickland, p. 208

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„We are not chosen by God, but by the voters—therefore we seek dialogue with all those who put effort into this democracy.“

—  Willy Brandt German social-democratic politician; Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany 1913 - 1992
government policy statement on 28 October 1969, p. 19, bwbs.de http://www.bwbs.de/UserFiles/File/PDF/Regierungserklaerung691028.pdf (PDF file).

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„The fallen angel becomes a malignant devil.“

—  Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley English novelist, short story writer, dramatist, essayist, biographer, and travel writer 1797 - 1851

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„A Contemplation of What Has Been Created, and Why“

—  Jimmy Carter American politician, 39th president of the United States (in office from 1977 to 1981) 1924
Context: A Contemplation of What Has Been Created, and Why I tried to fathom nature's laws From twirling models and schoolroom sketches Of molecules and parts of atoms, And nearly believed- but then came quarks, Bosons, leptons, antiparticles, Opposite turning mirror images, Some that perforate the earth, Never swerving from their certain paths. I've listened to conflicting views About the grand and lesser worlds: A big bang where it all began; Of curved, ever-expanding space; Perhaps tremendous whirling yo-yos That will someday reach the end Of cosmic gravity and then Fly back to where they can restart Or cataclysmically blow apart- And then, and then the next event. And is that all an accident? Pages 51-52

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„We leaders should leave the tradition that we have become crazy for God.“

—  Sun Myung Moon Korean religious leader 1920 - 2012
The Way of God's Will Chapter 1-3. Leaders http://www.unification.org/ucbooks/WofGW/wogw1-03.htm Translated 1980.

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„We do not know why we are born into the world, but we can try to find out what sort of a world it is — at least in its physical aspects.“

—  Edwin Hubble American astronomer 1889 - 1953
Quoted in Edwin Hubble: Mariner of the Nebulae (1996) by Gale E. Christianson, p. 183.

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„We have to create strength where it did not exist before; we have to change our natures, and become new men with new hearts, to be born again ...“

—  Sri Aurobindo Indian nationalist, freedom fighter, philosopher, yogi, guru and poet 1872 - 1950
Context: We have to create strength where it did not exist before; we have to change our natures, and become new men with new hearts, to be born again... We need a nucleus of men in whom the Shakti is developed to its uttermost extent, in whom it fills every corner of the personality and overflows to fertilise the earth. These, having the fire of Bhawani in their hearts and brains, will go forth and carry the flame to every nook and cranny of our land. Bhawani Mandir, 1905

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„We may not have chosen the time, but the time has chosen us.“

—  John Lewis (civil rights leader) American politician and civil rights leader 1940
On the , in It's Been Real: Scenes from the Capitol in the final showdown over health care reform. http://www.slate.com/id/2248375/ by Christopher Beam, Monday, March 22, 2010, Slate

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