„It is perhaps well enough that the people of the Nation do not know or understand our banking and monetary system, for if they did I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.“

—  Henry Ford
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„Variant: If the American people knew the corruption in our money system there would be revolution before morning.“

—  Henry Ford American industrialist 1863 - 1947
Attributed to Henry Ford by Charles Binderup (March 19, 1937), Congressional Record—House vol. 81, p. 2528. The quote is preceded by "It was Henry Ford who said, in substance, this", which indicates that this is likely just a paraphrase, not an exact quote. What Ford had written in "My Life and Work" (1923, in collaboration with Samuel Crowther, p. 179 archive.org https://archive.org/stream/mylifeandwork00crowgoog#page/n192) was: The days are fast slipping away when the fear of credit curtailment will avail, or when wordy slogans will affright. The people are naturally conservative. They are more conservative than the financiers. Those who believe that the people are so easily led that they would permit the printing presses to run off money like milk tickets do not understand them. It is the innate conservation of the people that has kept our money good in spite of the fantastic tricks which financiers play-and which they cover up with high technical terms. The people are on the side of sound money. They are so unalterably on the side of sound money that it is a serious question how they would regard the system under which they live, if they once knew what the initiate can do with it.

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„I believe our future depends powerfully on how well we understand this Cosmos in which we float like a mote of dust in the morning sky.“

—  Carl Sagan American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science educator 1934 - 1996
Context: The size and age of the Cosmos are beyond ordinary human understanding. Lost somewhere between immensity and eternity is our tiny planetary home. In a cosmic perspective, most human concerns seem insignificant, even petty. And yet our species is young and curious and brave and shows much promise. In the last few millennia we have made the most astonishing and unexpected discoveries about the Cosmos and our place within it, explorations that are exhilarating to consider. They remind us that humans have evolved to wonder, that understanding is a joy, that knowledge is prerequisite to survival. I believe our future depends powerfully on how well we understand this Cosmos in which we float like a mote of dust in the morning sky. p. 4

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„An armed people are a free people. If our forefathers were not armed before the American Revolution we would all be speaking English today.“

—  Grover Norquist Conservative Lobbyist 1956
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„He did not know the way things were going: he was too Victorian to understand the Victorian epoch. He did not know enough ignorant people to have heard the news.“

—  G. K. Chesterton English mystery novelist and Christian apologist 1874 - 1936
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„I cannot articulate enough to express my dislike to people who think that understanding spoils your experience… How would they know?“

—  Marvin Minsky American cognitive scientist 1927 - 2016
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