„No ally is better than one’s own race.“
„Better and safer is an assured peace than a victory hoped for. The one is in your own power, the other is in the hands of the gods.“
— Livy Roman historian -59 - 17 a.C.
History of Rome, Book XXX, sec. 30
„Preferring members of any one group for no reason other than race or ethnic origin is discrimination for its own sake. This the Constitution forbids.“
— Lewis F. Powell, Jr. American judge 1907 - 1998
1970s, Regents of the University of California v. Bakke, 438 U.S. 265 (1978).
„The Prophet said: Prayer in congregation is twenty-five levels better than a prayer offered on one’s own.“
— Aisha Muhammad's wife 614 - 677
Nasai hadith 840
— Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
Invisible Man (1952), Chapter 25.
— Aesop ancient Greek storyteller -620 - -564 a.C.
The Lion, The Ass, And The Fox Hunting.
„Races didn't bother the Americans. They were something a lot better than any race. They were a People. They were the first self-constituted, self-declared, self-created People in the history of the world. And their manners were their own business. And so were their politics. And so, but ten times so, were their souls.“
— Archibald Macleish American poet and Librarian of Congress 1892 - 1982
"The American Cause", address delivered at Faneuil Hall, Boston, Massachusetts (November 20, 1940); reported in MacLeish, A Time to Act; Selected Addresses (1943), p. 115
„He, who begins by loving Christianity better than Truth, will proceed by loving his own Sect or Church better than Christianity, and end in loving himself better than all.“
— Samuel Taylor Coleridge English poet, literary critic and philosopher 1772 - 1834
Aids to Reflection, "Moral and Religious Aphorisms," Aphorism 25 http://books.google.com/books?id=hEbwXNWXoBoC&q=%22He+who+begins+by+loving+Christianity+better+than+truth+will+proceed+by+loving+his+own+sect+or+church+better+than+Christianity+and+end+in+loving+himself+better+than+all%22&pg=PA74#v=onepage (1873)
„We must respect our own dignity as rational beings and thus diminish the power of fraud. It is better to be free than be a slave, better to know than to be ignorant.“
— Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan Indian philosopher and statesman who was the first Vice President and the second President of India 1888 - 1975
Eminent Indians (1947), Context: We must respect our own dignity as rational beings and thus diminish the power of fraud. It is better to be free than be a slave, better to know than to be ignorant. It is reason that helps us to reject what is falsely taught and believed about God, that He is a detective officer or a capricious despot or a glorified schoolmaster. It is essential that we should subject religious beliefs to the scrutiny of reason.
— Democritus Ancient Greek philosopher, pupil of Leucippus, founder of the atomic theory 460
Source Book in Ancient Philosophy (1907)
— Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan Indian independence activist 1890 - 1988
Famous speeches, As quoted by Governor Barnett's Declaration to the Profile of Mississippi Broadcast via TV and Radio. Sep. 13, 1962 http://microsites.jfklibrary.org/olemiss/controversy/doc2.html without citation and in An unknown legend of India: A bharat ratna By Gaurav Pundeer https://books.google.com/books?isbn=3736889569
„A little in one's own pocket is better than much in another man's purse. 'Tis good to keep a nest egg. Every little makes a mickle.“
— Miguel de Cervantes Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright 1547 - 1616
Don Quixote de la Mancha (1605–1615), Part II (1615), Book III, Ch. 7.
„If your opponent is better armed and has longer reach, then surprise is your only ally. And then you'd better hope he's half asleep.“
— Sherwood Smith, libro Crown Duel
Crown Duel (Crown & Court #1 - 2, 1997)