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  1. Johann von Goethe:

    If your treat an individual ... as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be and could be.

  2. Saint Thomas Aquinas:

    Three things are necessary for the salvation of man to know what he ought to believe to know what he ought to desire and to know what he ought to do.

  3. Saint Thomas Aquinas, Two Precepts of Charity:

    Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do.

  4. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

    Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.

  5. Mitch McConnell:

    Our Democratic friends want to spend more on everything. We'd like to spend more on defense. And so there will be a sort of grand negotiation here in the fall between the two sides over just how big the discretionary budget of the United States government ought to be and how it ought to be spent.

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