„I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it.“

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„You think the pissed-off steelworker in Akron has trouble now? Wait until we have a financial collapse and they take 25 percent off the dollar. He'll be serving hot dogs in an American restaurant in China.“

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