„All the great evils which men cause to each other because of certain intentions, desires, opinions, or religious principles, are likewise due to non-existence, because they originate in ignorance, which is absence of wisdom.“

—  Mosè Maimonide, libro The Guide for the Perplexed

Origine: Guide for the Perplexed (c. 1190), Part III, Ch.11

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