„If every library is in some sense a reflection of its readers, it is also an image of that which we are not, and cannot be.“

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„Reflect upon your present blessings — of which every man has many — not on your past misfortunes, of which all men have some.“

—  Charles Dickens English writer and social critic and a Journalist 1812 - 1870
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