„I learned so much from listening to people. And all I knew was, the only thing I had was honesty and openness.“

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—  Michelangelo Buonarroti Italian sculptor, painter, architect and poet 1475 - 1564
Found attributed to Michelangelo in non-specialist publications as early as 1929 https://books.google.com/books?id=-0YhAQAAMAAJ&dq=If+people+knew+how+hard+I+had+to+work+to+gain+my+mastery%2C+it+would+not+seem+so+wonderful+at+all.&focus=searchwithinvolume&q=michelangelo, but no source is known. Not found in any known biography of Michelangelo.

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—  Charlotte Salomon German painter 1917 - 1943
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„I hadn’t learned much in high school; I had majored in girls.“

—  Robert A. Heinlein American science fiction author 1907 - 1988
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