„Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it’s enemy action.“

—  Ian Fleming, Auric Goldfinger, Ch. 14 : Things That Go Thump In The Night
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„The "mountain-sea" spirit means that it is bad to repeat the same thing several times when fighting the enemy. There may be no help but to do something twice, but do not try it a third time.“

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„Third we must not seek to defeat or humiliate the enemy but to win his friendship and understanding. At times we are able to humiliate our worst enemy.“

—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968
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