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Strangers are an endangered species.

—Adrienne Rich, 1980

When you name yourself, you always name another.

—Bertolt Brecht, 1926

This is not a clash between civilizations. It is a clash about civilization.

—Tony Blair, 2006

Africa has her mysteries, and even a wise man cannot understand them. But a wise man respects them.

—Miriam Makeba, 1988

The noblest kind of retribution is not to become like your enemy.

—Marcus Aurelius, c. 175

Intolerance is evidence of impotence.

—Aleister Crowley, c. 1925

I have said this before, but I shall say it again and again and again: your boys are not going to be sent into any foreign wars.

—Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1940

Nothing is more narrow-minded than chauvinism or racial hatred. To me all men are equal; there are flatheads everywhere and I despise them all equally.

—Karl Kraus, 1909

Other nations use “force”; we Britons alone use “might.”

—Evelyn Waugh, 1938

In settling an island, the first building erected by a Spaniard will be a church, by a Frenchman a fort, by a Dutchman a warehouse, and by an Englishman an alehouse.

—Francis Grose, 1787

I do desire we may be better strangers.

—William Shakespeare, 1600

There are chance meetings with strangers that interest us from the first moment, before a word is spoken.

—Fyodor Dostoevsky, 1866

No man has any natural authority over his fellow man.

—Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 1762