The Almighty, indeed, sent the potato blight, but the English created the famine.

— John Mitchel, 1848


The road to revolution is long and arduous. We may have to go on an arduous march, during which we will have to chew the roots of plants once again.

— Rodong Sinmun, North Korean state newspaper, 2016


Your dogs and swine eat the food of men, and you do not make any restrictive arrangements. There are people dying from famine and you do not issue the stores of your granaries for them.

When people die, you say — It is not owing to me, it is owing to the year. In which way does this differ from stabbing a man and killing him and saying — It was not I, it was the weapon?

— Mencius,  4th century BCE