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To need to dominate others is to need others. The commander is dependent.

—Fernando Pessoa, c. 1935

Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for by doing that some have entertained angels without knowing it.

—Hebrews, c. 60

Children are all foreigners. We treat them as such.

—Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1839

Once any group in society stands in a relatively deprived position in relation to other groups, it is genuinely deprived.

—Margaret Mead, 1972

The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much.

—Joseph Conrad, 1899

We have really everything in common with America nowadays, except, of course, language.

—Oscar Wilde, 1887

I do desire we may be better strangers.

—William Shakespeare, 1600

France has neither winter, summer, nor morals—apart from these drawbacks it is a fine country.

—Mark Twain, 1879

At the bottom of enmity between strangers lies indifference.

—Søren Kierkegaard, 1850

Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own thoughts, unguarded.

—The Dhammapada, c. 400 BC

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

—Marcus Aurelius, c. 175

If a man be gracious and courteous to strangers, it shows he is a citizen of the world, and that his heart is no island cut off from other lands, but a continent that joins to them.

—Francis Bacon, 1625

The almost insoluble task is to let neither the power of others, nor our own powerlessness, stupefy us.

—Theodor Adorno, 1951