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1. "We must not overlook the role that extremists play. They are the gadflies that keep society from being too complacent or self-satisfied; they are, if sound, the spearhead of progress. If they are fundamentally wrong, free discussion will in time put an end to them."
Author: Abraham Flexner
2. "If enough people would come out the right wing, the extremists couldn't dominate."
Author: Arlen Specter
3. "[On Benghazi] "What we do know is that the natural protests that arose because of the outrage over the video were used as an excuse by extremists to see if they can also directly harm U.S. interests."Truth: The attacks were a premeditated terror attack that had nothing to do with a YouTube video."
Author: Barack Obama
4. "Last century we needed lawyers; this century we need big, broad coalitions. When extremists decide to attack all our communities, they must hope that there will be infighting. But we have stood all for one and one for all. That is how we will win."
Author: Benjamin Todd Jealous
5. "I have often noticed that nationalism is at its strongest at the periphery. Hitler was Austrian, Bonaparte Corsican. In postwar Greece and Turkey the two most prominent ultra-right nationalists had both been born in Cyprus. The most extreme Irish Republicans are in Belfast and Derry (and Boston and New York). Sun Yat Sen, father of Chinese nationalism, was from Hong Kong. The Serbian extremists Miloševic and Karadžic were from Montenegro and their most incendiary Croat counterparts in the Ustashe tended to hail from the frontier lands of Western Herzegovina."
Author: Christopher Hitchens
6. "The war being fought in Afghanistan and Iraq is bringing about a fundamental change to the environment that has given rise and power to the extremists who export terrorism."
Author: Craig L. Thomas
7. "One thing that I feel very, very strongly is that we talk about Islamic countries, Islamic people, Islamic leaders, as either moderates or extremists. It's almost like there are only two categories of Muslims. And actually, that doesn't show respect. It shows lack of understanding of the diversity of Muslim thought."
Author: David Miliband
8. "This is actually true of the overall fight against al-Qaeda and trans-national extremists, that as you put pressure on them in one location, they'll seek safe haven sanctuaries in other areas. So you do have to continue to pursue them. But they have less capability."
Author: David Petraeus
9. "In a dying civilisation, political prestige is the reward not of the shrewdest diagnostician but of the man with the best beside manner. It is the decoration conferred on mediocrity by ignorance. Yet there remains one sort of political prestige that may still be worn with a certain pathetic dignity; it is that given to the liberal-minded leader of a party of conflicting doctrinaire extremists. His dignity is that of all doomed men: for, whether the two extremes proceed to mutual destruction or whether one of them prevails, doomed he is, either to suffer the hatred of the people or to die a martyr."
Author: Eric Ambler
10. "'Jihad' can mean holy war to extremists, but it means struggle to the average Muslim."
Author: Feisal Abdul Rauf
11. "The struggle in the Holy Land is no longer Palestinian versus Israeli, or Muslim versus Jew. It is between those who seek peace and extremists who promote terror."
Author: George W. Bush
12. "A people that has experienced all that the Germans have been through, naturally offers fertile soil for the extremists."
Author: Gustav Stresemann
13. "We must stop the Tea Party before the United States Senate falls into the hands of extremists and ideologues who leave no room for reason or compromise, who don't recognize common ground even when they're standing on it."
Author: Harry Reid
14. "When leaders are no longer beholden to the people who elected them, corruption results and the recruitment of extremists becomes easier."
Author: Iqbal Quadir
15. "As far as Zarqawi is concerned, there is a network of extremists; it's not just Zarqawi."
Author: John Abizaid
16. "I agree that it is not just the extremists who harbor bad thoughts or engage in bad acts, but they are usually the source of the polarization and try to keep education and communication of the main stream from moving forward."
Author: Joichi Ito
17. "There was a very convincing argument made that the extremists have won and the aggression is now supported by the majority, therefore fighting until surrender was the only alternative."
Author: Joichi Ito
18. "There is a dark side to religious devotion that is too often ignored or denied. As a means of motivating people to be cruel or inhumane, there may be no more potent force than religion. When the subject of religiously inspired bloodshed comes up, many Americans immediately think of Islamic fundamentalism, which is to be expected in the wake of 911. But men have been committing heinous acts in the name of God ever since mankind began believing in deities, and extremists exist within all religions. Muhammad is not the only prophet whose words have been used to sanction barbarism; history has not lacked for Christians, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, and even Buddhists who have been motivated by scripture to butcher innocents. Plenty of these religious extremist have been homegrown, corn-fed Americans."
Author: Jon Krakauer
19. "The absence and suppression of justice can only open the way for extremists to exploit such a condition to perpetrate acts of violence against innocents."
Author: King Hussein I
20. "Extremists and populist movements are exploiting people's fear of those who are not like us. We can see the consequences in the form of terrorism and racially motivated violence."
Author: Kjell Magne Bondevik
21. "Well if done a lot of hard work to try and get people to act rationally, the fact that weve had 15 deviant Muslims, plus 5 or 8 others that got away does not mean that all Muslims are deviant or extremists."
Author: Lee Kuan Yew
22. "Extremists think 'communication' means agreeing with them."
Author: Leo Rosten
23. "The extremists are afraid of books and pens, the power of education frightens them. they are afraid of women."
Author: Malala Yousafzai
24. "Liberals in Congress have spent the past three decades pandering to environmental extremists. The policies they have put in place are in large part responsible for the energy crunch we are seeing today. We have not built a refinery in this country for 30 years."
Author: Marsha Blackburn
25. "Perhaps…the nation and the world are in dire need of creative extremists."
Author: Martin Luther King Jr.
26. "It's tragic that extremists co-opt the notion of God, and that hipsters and artists reject spirituality out of hand. I don't have a fixed idea of God. But I feel that it's us - the messed-up, the half-crazy, the burning, the questing - that need God, a lot more than the goody-two-shoes do."
Author: Mike Doughty
27. "The hatred Muslim extremists feel against the West feeds on certain conflicts in the world."
Author: Otto Schily
28. "Just several years ago, Shaykh Kabbani, who is the head of the Islamic Supreme Council of America, when he was speaking at the State Department, said that more than 80 percent of the mosques were controlled by extremists. And from all I've seen over the last four or five years, the situation has even gotten worse."
Author: Peter King
29. "Nor should we exclude the possibility that Islamic terrorism may begin to make common cause with Western political extremists of the far Left and far Right."
Author: Richard Perle
30. "What is objectionable, what is dangerous about extremists, is not that they are extreme, but that they are intolerant. The evil is not what they say about their cause, but what they say about their opponents."
Author: Robert Kennedy
31. "To speak specifically of our problem with the Muslim world, we are meandering into a genuine clash of civilizations, and we're deluding ourselves with euphemisms. We're talking about Islam being a religion of peace that's been hijacked by extremists. If ever there were a religion that's not a religion of peace, it is Islam."
Author: Sam Harris
32. "Some Westerners […] have argued that the West does not have problems with Islam but only with violent Islamist extremists. Fourteen hundred years of history demonstrate otherwise."
Author: Samuel P. Huntington
33. "Extremists and their supports cause you to align yourself with something you're not in order to get as far away as possible from the something you're really not."
Author: Sloane Crosley
34. "I don't like the new president who hunts muslim extremists, I like the old president who is a muslim extremist."
Author: Stephen Colbert
35. "Muslims must be warned that plagiarists and pretenders as well as ignorant imitators affect great mischief by debasing values, imposing upon the ignorant, and encouraging the rise of mediocrity. The appropriate original ideas for hasty implementation and make false claims for themselves. Original ideas cannot be implemented when vulgarized; on the contrary, what is praiseworthy in them will turn out to become blameworthy, and their rejection will follow with the dissatisfaction that will emerge. So in this way authentic and creative intellectual effort will continually be sabotaged. It is not surprising that the situation arising out of the loss of adab also provides the breeding ground for the emergence of extremists who make ignorance their capital."
Author: Syed Muhammad Naquib Al Attas
36. "One day all the racists and religious extremists in this world will wake up and realize that they are living in a 60's movie."
Author: Thisuri Wanniarachchi
37. "When Muslim radicals and fundamentalists look at the West, they see only the openness that makes us, in their eyes, decadent and promiscuous. They see only the openness that has produced Britney Spears and Janet Jackson. They do not see, and do not want to see, the openness - the freedom of thought and inquiry - that has made us powerful, the openness that has produced Bill Gates and Sally Ride. They deliberately define it all as decadence. Because if openness, women's empowerment, and freedom of thought and inquiry are the real sources of the West's economic strength, then the Arab-Muslim world would have to change. And the fundamentalists and extremists do not want to change."
Author: Thomas L. Friedman
38. "I am looking for suggestions on what we can do about extremists within our own society. They cannot be ignored."
Author: Tony Campolo
39. "The academic community has in it the biggest concentration of alarmists, cranks and extremists this side of the giggle house."
Author: William F. Buckley Jr.
40. "Modern materialists and religious extremists alike lack the spiritual animistic reverence for non-human beings that every culture once understood as a given."
Author: Zeena Schreck
41. "The more we ignore Assad and negotiate an appeasement with Iran, the more Sunni and Shia extremists will multiply and flood Syria."
Author: Ziad K. Abdelnour

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