„Winds of the World, give answer! They are whimpering to and fro—
And what should they know of England who only England know?“

The English Flag, Stanza 1 (1891).
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scrittore e poeta britannico 1865 - 1936

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„Those who desire to see the principles of liberty thrive and extend through the world, should cherish, with an almost religious veneration, the prosperity and greatness of England.“

—  Henry Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston British politician 1784 - 1865

Speech in the House of Commons (18 May 1851), quoted in George Henry Francis, Opinions and Policy of the Right Honourable Viscount Palmerston, G.C.B., M.P., &c. as Minister, Diplomatist, and Statesman, During More Than Forty Years of Public Life (London: Colburn and Co., 1852), pp. 429-430.
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Contesto: It is only from England, and from the exertions of England, that any hope can be entertained of the extinction of the slave trade, and of the ultimate abolition of slavery throughout the world; because it is England alone that feels any deep and sincere interest in the matter. England now holds a proud position among the nations of the earth, and exercises a great influence upon the destinies of mankind. That influence is owing, in the first place, to our great wealth, to our unbounded resources, to our military and naval strength. But it is owing still more, if possible, to the moral dignity which marks the character and conduct of the British people... Those who desire to see the principles of liberty thrive and extend through the world, should cherish, with an almost religious veneration, the prosperity and greatness of England. So long as England shall ride preeminent on the ocean of human affairs, there can be none whose fortunes shall be so shipwrecked—there can be none whose condition shall be so desperate and forlorn—that they may not cast a look of hope towards the light that beams from hence; and though they may be beyond the reach of our power, our moral support and our sympathy shall cheer them in their adversity, and shall assist them to bear up, and to hold out, waiting for a better day.

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„Listen to the answer.
There is no "other world." I only know what I've experienced. You must be hallucinating.“

—  Rumi Iranian poet 1207 - 1273

As quoted in The Enlightened Mind (1991), edited by Stephen Mitchell
Contesto: Little by little, wean yourself. This is the gist of what I have to say. From an embryo, whose nourishment comes in the blood, move to an infant drinking milk, to a child on solid food, to a searcher after wisdom, to a hunter of more invisible game.
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You ask the embryo why he, or she, stays cooped up in the dark with eyes closed. Listen to the answer.
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„Consider for a moment what it is like when the people are roused to revolt and get the upper hand of their master, and especially in England. Then there is no stopping it, for they are the most dangerous common people in the world, the most violent and presumptuous. And of all the commons in England the Londoners are the ringleaders.“

—  Jean Froissart French writer 1337 - 1405

Considerés que c'est de pueple, quant il s'esmuet et esliève et il a puissance contre son seigneur, et par especial en Angleterre. Là n'y a-il nul remède, car c'est le plus périlleus poeuple commun qui soit au monde et le plus oultrageux et orgueilleux. Et de tous ceulx d'Angleterre Londriens sont chiefs.
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„When you use Google, do you get more than one answer? Of course you do. Well, that’s a bug. We have more bugs per second in the world. We should be able to give you the right answer just once. We should know what you meant. You should look for information. We should get it exactly right and we should give it to you in your language and we should never be wrong. That’s our challenge.“

—  Eric Schmidt software engineer, businessman 1955

Charlie Rose interview, 3 Jun 2005 https://charlierose.com/videos/17574, quoted in An Old Eric Schmidt Interview Reveals Google’s End-Game For Search And Competition https://techcrunch.com/2013/01/04/an-old-eric-schmidt-interview-reveals-googles-end-game-for-search-and-competition/ by TechCrunch (4 Jan 2013).

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—  Friedrich List German economist with dual American citizenship 1789 - 1846

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„If England had Fergie, Wenger or Mourinho in charge, they would win the World Cup.“

—  Andy Gray (footballer born 1955) footballer, commentator 1955

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„Look to your consciences and remember that the theatre of the world is wider than the realm of England.“

—  Mary, Queen of Scots Scottish monarch and queen consort of France 1542 - 1587

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„I am the only person in the world I should like to know thoroughly.“

—  Oscar Wilde, Il ventaglio di Lady Windermere

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„…a greater evil than the restoration of the Bourbons to the world in general, and England in particular, can hardly happen.“

—  Charles James Fox British Whig statesman 1749 - 1806

Letter to Lord Holland (28 July 1795), quoted in L. G. Mitchell, Charles James Fox (London: Penguin, 1997), p. 160.
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