„people who say its a long story, mean it's a stupid short one that they are too embarrassed and couldn't be bothered to tell“

—  Cecelia Ahern, livro Love, Rosie

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—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

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„Anybody who says these people are "free" is lying or stupid. You are what you do. If you do boring, stupid monotonous work, chances are you'll end up boring, stupid and monotonous.“

—  Bob Black, livro The Abolition of Work

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—  Dwight D. Eisenhower American general and politician, 34th president of the United States (in office from 1953 to 1961) 1890 - 1969

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