„I have long since come to believe that people never mean half of what they say, and that it is best to disregard their talk and judge only their actions.“

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„This is not only dishonest; it also carries a severe penalty with it. If you disregard people's motives, it becomes much harder to foresee their actions.“

—  George Orwell English author and journalist 1903 - 1950
Context: We are told that it is only people's objective actions that matter, and their subjective feelings are of no importance. Thus pacifists, by obstructing the war effort, are 'objectively' aiding the Nazis; and therefore the fact that they may be personally hostile to Fascism is irrelevant. I have been guilty of saying this myself more than once. The same argument is applied to Trotskyism... To criticize the Soviet Union helps Hitler: therefore "Trotskyism is Fascism". And when this has been established, the accusation of conscious treachery is usually repeated. This is not only dishonest; it also carries a severe penalty with it. If you disregard people's motives, it becomes much harder to foresee their actions. "As I Please," Tribune (8 December 1944)<sup> http://alexpeak.com/twr/tdoaom/</sup>

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„I'm always embarrassed when people say that I'm courageous. Soldiers are courageous. Policemen are courageous. Firemen are courageous. I just have a thick hide and disregard what silly people say.“

—  Thomas Sowell American economist, social theorist, political philosopher and author 1930
"Live" with Thomas Sowell https://www.aei.org/publication/live-thomas-sowell/, The American Enterprise, September 2004.

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„I accept the people's will. As a revolutionary, I have no right to disregard the will of the people.“

—  François Duvalier 40th President of the Republic of Haiti 1907 - 1971
Quoted in Elizabeth Abbott, Haiti: An insider's history of the rise and fall of the Duvaliers (1988), p. 103.

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