„Because you may think a bed is a peaceful thing, Sir, and to you it may mean rest and comfort and a good night's sleep. But it isn't so for everyone; and there are many dangerous things that may take place in a bed.“

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„If you would sleep soundly, take a clear conscience to bed with you. “

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„We want to take good tidings home to our people, that they may sleep in peace.“

—  Black Kettle Leader of the Southern Cheyenne 1803 - 1868
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„It is vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, peace! But there is no peace.“

—  Patrick Henry attorney, planter, politician and Founding Father of the United States 1736 - 1799
Context: It is vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, peace! But there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

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„We sleep peaceably in our beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on our behalf.“

—  George Orwell English author and journalist 1903 - 1950
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