„If there's a single lesson that life teaches us, it's that wishing doesn't make it so.“

—  Lev Grossman, The Magicians

Fonte: The Magicians

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„Once again, life had a lesson to teach me: It takes years to build up, it takes moments to destroy.“

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Variante: It takes years to build up, it takes moments to destroy.
Fonte: Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World
Contexto: Once again, life had a lesson to teach me: It takes years to build up, it takes moments to destroy. Sure, I'd gotten tired of this tiny space, but I'd had a good home here. In the time it takes to swill two cans of beer, all had had sublimed like morning mist. My job, my whiskey, my peace and quiet, my solitude, my Sormerset Maugham, and John Ford collections-all of it trashed and worthless.

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„Perhaps it is true that the trials of life always teach us something, but it is undeniable that we are not always so eager to learn.“

—  Fausto Cercignani Italian scholar, essayist and poet 1941

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—  Dionysius I of Syracuse Sicilian tyrant -430 - -367 a.C.

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