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

—Fernando Pessoa, c. 1935

Strangers are an endangered species.

—Adrienne Rich, 1980

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

To think ill of mankind, and not wish ill to them, is perhaps the highest wisdom and virtue.

—William Hazlitt, 1823

I want to be the white man’s brother, not his brother-in-law.

—Martin Luther King Jr., 1962

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

Do not do unto others as you would that they should do unto you. Their tastes may not be the same.

—George Bernard Shaw, 1903

Intolerance is evidence of impotence.

—Aleister Crowley, c. 1925

I am a man: I consider nothing human alien to me.

—Terence, 163 BC

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

—Hebrews, c. 60

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

—Miriam Makeba, 1988

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

—The Dhammapada, c. 400 BC

One of the most time-consuming things is to have an enemy.

—E.B. White, 1958