„How marvelous books are, crossing worlds and centuries, defeating ignorance and, finally, cruel time itself.“

—  Gore Vidal, Chapter 1, Libanius to Priscus, Antioch March 380
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—  Christopher Morley American journalist, novelist, essayist and poet 1890 - 1957
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„How pleasant it is to respect people! When I see books, I am not concerned with how the authors loved or played cards; I see only their marvelous works.“

—  Anton Chekhov Russian dramatist, author and physician 1860 - 1904
Какое наслаждение уважать людей! Когда я вижу книги, мне нет дела до того, как авторы любили, играли в карты, я вижу только их изумительные дела.

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