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Jurgen Habermas Quotes and Sayings

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From a moral point of view, there is no excuse for terrorist acts,
regardless of the motive or the situation under which they are carried out.
- Jurgen Habermas

Instead of the international police action we had hoped
for during the war in Kosovo,
there are wars again - conducted with state-of-the-art technology,
but still in the old style.
- Jurgen Habermas

The misery in war-torn Afghanistan is reminiscent of
images from the Thirty Years' War.
- Jurgen Habermas

The uncertainty of the danger belongs to the essence of terrorism.
- Jurgen Habermas

 

Some of those drawn into the holy war had been secular
nationalists only a few years before.
If one looks at the biographies of these people,
remarkable continuities are revealed.
- Jurgen Habermas

Today's Islamic fundamentalism is also a cover for political motifs.
We should not overlook the political motifs we encounter
in forms of religious fanaticism.
- Jurgen Habermas

A threatened nation can react to uncertain dangers
solely through administrative channels,
to the truly embarrassing situation of perhaps overreacting.
- Jurgen Habermas

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One never really knows who one's enemy is.
- Jurgen Habermas

Global terrorism is extreme both in its lack of realistic
goals and in its cynical exploitation of the vulnerability of complex systems.
- Jurgen Habermas

Partisans fight on familiar territory with professed
political objectives to conquer power.
This is what distinguishes them from terrorists.
- Jurgen Habermas

Perhaps at a later point important developments will
be traced back to September 11.
But for now we do not know which of the many scenarios
will actually hold in the future.
- Jurgen Habermas

If the September 11 terror attack is supposed to constitute
a caesura in world history,
it must be able to stand comparison to other events
of world historical impact.
- Jurgen Habermas

Manhattan...
capital of the 20th century, a city that has fascinated
me for more than three decades.
- Jurgen Habermas

Each murder is one too many.
- Jurgen Habermas

Since our complex societies are highly susceptible
to interferences and accidents,
they certainly offer ideal opportunities for a prompt
disruption of normal activities.
- Jurgen Habermas

Historically, terrorism falls in a category different
from crimes that concern a criminal court judge.
- Jurgen Habermas

The state is in danger of falling into disrepute due
to the evidence of its inadequate resources.
- Jurgen Habermas

In the U.S.A.
or Europe there is no realistic way to estimate the type,
magnitude, or probability of the risk,
nor any way to narrow down the potentially affected regions.
- Jurgen Habermas

Since the intervention in Afghanistan,
we suddenly began to notice when, in political discussions,
we found ourselves only among Europeans or Israelis.
- Jurgen Habermas

I cannot imagine a context that would some day,
in some manner, make the monstrous crime of September
11 an understandable or comprehensible political act.
- Jurgen Habermas

After September 11, the European governments have completely failed.
They are incapable of seeing beyond their own national scope of interests.
- Jurgen Habermas

The clever, albeit fragile, coalition against terrorism
brought together by the U.S.
government might be able to advance the transition
from classical international law to a cosmopolitan order.
- Jurgen Habermas

What was new was the symbolic force of the targets struck.
The attackers did not just physically cause the highest
buildings in Manhattan to collapse;
they also destroyed an icon in the household imagery of the American nation.
- Jurgen Habermas

The scenarios of biological or chemical warfare painted
in detail by the American media during the months after
September 11 only betray the inability of the government
to determine the magnitude of the danger.
- Jurgen Habermas

Osama bin Laden, the person, more likely serves the function of a stand-in.
Compare the new terrorists with partisans or conventional terrorists in Israel.
These people often fight in a decentralized manner in small,
autonomous units, too.
- Jurgen Habermas

I consider Bush's decision to call for a war against
terrorism a serious mistake.
He is elevating these criminals to the status of war enemies,
and one cannot lead a war against a network if the
term war is to retain any definite meaning.
- Jurgen Habermas

The difference between political terror and ordinary
crime becomes clear during the change of regimes,
in which former terrorists become well-regarded representatives of their country.
- Jurgen Habermas

Disappointment over nationalistic authoritarian regimes
may have contributed to the fact that today religion
offers a new and subjectively more convincing language
for old political orientations.
- Jurgen Habermas

Perhaps September 11 could be called the first historic
world event in the strictest sense:
the impact,
the explosion, the slow collapse - a gruesome reality
literally took place in front of a global public.
- Jurgen Habermas

If we are to go forward, we must go back
and rediscover those precious values -
that all reality hinges on moral foundations
and that all reality has spiritual control.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Everything's got a moral, if only you can find it.
- Lewis Carroll

I am not interested in power for power's sake,
but I'm interested in power that is moral,
that is right and that is good.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The perception of beauty is a moral test.
- Henry David Thoreau

Do not be too moral.
You may cheat yourself out of much life.
So aim above morality.
Be not simply good;
be good for something.
- Henry David Thoreau

The acceptance of oneself is
the essence of the whole moral problem
and the epitome of a whole outlook on life.
- Carl Jung

The highest possible stage in moral culture
is when we recognize that we ought to control our thoughts.
- Charles Darwin

A person acting from a motivation
of contribution and service
rises to such a level of moral authority
that worldly success is a natural result.
- Marianne Williamson

Compassion is the universal standard of moral living.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

About morals: I know only that
what is moral is what you feel good after
and what is immoral is what you feel bad after.
- Ernest Hemingway

The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those
who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

A moral being is one who is capable of reflecting
on his past actions and their motives -
of approving of some and disapproving of others.
- Charles Darwin

Increase of material comforts,
it may be generally laid down,
does not in any way whatsoever
conduce to moral growth.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Moral authority is never retained by
any attempt to hold on to it.
It comes without seeking and
is retained without effort.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

The moral arc of the universe
bends at the elbow of justice.
- Martin Luther King, Jr.

Our world faces a true planetary emergency.
I know the phrase sounds shrill, and I know it's a
challenge to the moral imagination.
- Al Gore

Nature teaches more than she preaches.
There are no sermons in stones.
It is easier to get a spark out of a stone than a moral.
- John Burroughs

Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally
recognized moral qualities of men.
- Confucius

The modern conservative is engaged in one of man's
oldest exercises in moral philosophy;
that is,
the search for a superior moral justification for selfishness.
- John Kenneth Galbraith

Music is a moral law.
It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind,
flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.
- Plato

Peace, plenty, and contentment reign throughout our borders,
and our beloved country presents a sublime moral spectacle to the world.
- James K. Polk

Trust should be the basis for all our moral training.
- Robert Baden-Powell

The forces that are driving mankind toward unity and
peace are deep-seated and powerful.
They are material and natural, as well as moral and intellectual.
- Arthur Henderson

It is curious - curious that physical courage
should be so common in the world, and moral courage so rare
- Mark Twain

The darkest places in hell are reserved for those who
maintain their neutrality in times of moral crisis.
- Dante Alighieri

War is an ugly thing, but not the ugliest of things.
The decayed and degraded state of moral and patriotic
feeling which thinks that nothing is worth war is much worse.
- John Stuart Mill

The worst government is often the most moral.
One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane.
But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.
- H. L. Mencken

Moral power is probably best when it is not used.
The less you use it the more you have.
- Andrew Young

Love is moral even without legal marriage,
but marriage is immoral without love.
- Ellen Key

Literature should not be suppressed merely because
it offends the moral code of the censor.
- William O. Douglas

Despite what they tell you, there are simply no moral
absolutes in a complex world.
- Berkeley Breathed

Life is made too easy.
Mankind's moral fibre is giving way under the softening influence of luxury.
- Johan Huizinga

The addiction to sports, therefore, in a peculiar degree
marks an arrested development in man's moral nature.
- Thorstein Veblen

For me, an area of moral clarity is:
you're in front of someone who's suffering and you
have the tools at your disposal to alleviate that suffering or even eradicate it,
and you act.
- Paul Farmer

The only reason I'm in Hollywood is that I don't have
the moral courage to refuse the money.
- Marlon Brando

Science cannot resolve moral conflicts,
but it can help to more accurately frame the debates about those conflicts.
- Heinz R. Pagels

The experience of ages has shown that a man who works on the land is purer,
nobler, higher, and more moral...
Agriculture should be at the basis of everything.
That's my idea.
- Nikolai Gogol

However, the moral center of New York City,
I believe, is the New York City Ballet.
- John Guare

After so many cases of terror attacks related to Islamic
militancy remaining unresolved in the last few years,
the government has no moral authority to stay in power.
- Sheikh Hasina

One impulse from a vernal wood May teach you more of man,
Of moral evil and of good, Than all the sages can.
- William Wordsworth

One might have thought the world would stop ascribing
moral equivalence between acts of terrorism and acts of punishing terrorism.
It has not happened that way.
- Theodore Bikel

I've never lied.
I think I've lived a moral life.
- Robert Mapplethorpe


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