Quotes

I wonder about the way we can lie, putting
reason on our side.

JEAN-PAUL SARTRE (1905–1980),
FRENCH AUTHOR AND PHILOSOPHER  

It is disgraceful that people in Switzerland can hold barbecues against refugees of war.

FEDERAL COUNCILLOR SIMONETTA SOMMARUGA AFTER 400 RESIDENTS IN
AARBURG ORGANISED A BARBECUE AGAINST ASYLUM CENTRES

There has never been such a dramatic situation since the Second World War.

MARIO GATTIKER, HEAD OF THE FEDERAL OFFICE FOR MIGRATION,
ON THE FLOW OF REFUGEES

The passport is the noblest part of a person. It is not created as easily as a person is. A person can be created anywhere, in the most frivolous way and without good reason, but a passport cannot. It will be recognised if it is good, but a person can be as good as a passport and not receive any recognition.   

BERTOLT BRECHT (1898–1956), GERMAN DRAMATIST

Nationalism is an infantile disease. It is the measles of mankind.

ALBERT EINSTEIN (1879–1955), PHYSICIST AND NATURALISED SWISS CITIZEN 

The truly good man first practises what he preaches and then preaches what he practises.

CONFUCIUS (551–479 BC), CHINESE PHILOSOPHER

Let us leave nothing untried for nothing happens by itself. All men's gains are the fruit of adventure. 

HERODOTUS (484–425 BC), GREEK HISTORIAN

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