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No violent extreme endures.

Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist.

The purest ore is produced from the hottest furnace, and the brightest thunderbolt is elicited from the darkest storm.

Charles Caleb Colton (1780-1832) British clergyman, sportsman and author.

Railing and praising were his usual themes; and both showed his judgment in extremes. Either over violent or over civil, so everyone to him was either god or devil.

John Dryden (1631-1700) British poet, dramatist and critic.

So over violent, or over civil that every man with him was God or Devil.

John Dryden (1631-1700) British poet, dramatist and critic.

Very often the law of extremity demands an attention to irrelevance.

Janet Frame (1924-2004) New Zealand writer.

The question is not whether we will be extremists, but what kind of extremists we will be.

Martin Luther King Jr. (1929-1968) American black leader.

Extreme positions are not succeeded by moderate ones, but by contrary extreme positions.

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German-Swiss philosopher and writer.