„The night was a time for bestial affinities, for drawing closer to oneself.“

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—  Edouard Manet French painter 1832 - 1883
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—  Joseph Chamberlain British businessman, politician, and statesman 1836 - 1914
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„Silence is closer
We're passing ships in the night.“

—  Josh Homme American musician 1973
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„Now down in the Ocean sank the fiery light of day,
drawing the dark night across the grain-giving earth.“

—  Homér Ancient Greek epic poet, author of the Iliad and the Odyssey 750
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