„I’ve seen how you can’t learn anything when you’re trying to look like the smartest person in the room.“

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„Try never to be the smartest person in the room. And if you are, I suggest you invite smarter people … or find a different room..“

—  Michael Dell Businessman, CEO 1965
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„Look up here, I’m in heaven
I’ve got scars that can’t be seen
I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen
Everybody knows me now“

—  David Bowie British musician, actor, record producer and arranger 1947 - 2016
Context: Look up here, I’m in heaven I’ve got scars that can’t be seen I’ve got drama, can’t be stolen Everybody knows me now Look up here, man, I’m in danger I’ve got nothing left to lose I’m so high it makes my brain whirl Dropped my cell phone down below Ain’t that just like me "Lazarus" ·  Video at YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-JqH1M4Ya8

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„I think this country allows you freedom of speech. Anybody should be allowed to say whatever they want. When you’re in my business, you can’t talk about [conservative] politics. You just can’t. You’re attacked viciously in a way that I’ve never been attacked before.“

—  Antonio Sabàto Jr. American actor and model 1972
Antonio Sabato Jr. Says Hollywood is Blacklisting Him for Supporting Donald Trump http://variety.com/2016/film/news/antonio-sabato-jr-blacklisted-for-supporting-donald-trump-republican-1201829791/ (August 3, 2016)

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„"They can’t promise anything because I’ve spent it all".“

—  Robert Muldoon Prime Minister of New Zealand, politician 1921 - 1992
Source: Winston Peters, Questions for Oral Answer, 20 May 2004, http://web.archive.org/web/20130210043212/http://www.parliament.nz/NR/rdonlyres/2430AC6B-8B63-4AB9-A0C2-7CF38DD8E5BB/89283/47HansD_20040522.pdf page=13131 Supplementary source: Brian Easton, The State Of The Nation - Issues for the 2005 Election, 12 July 2005, http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0507/S00170.htm,which confirms that Peters was talking about Muldoon. Context: On the opposition Labour Party's 1972 election promises.

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„There’s no better feeling than winning when you’re up against it. More than anything I can’t wait to get back in the dressing room and celebrate with the rest of the boys.“

—  Joe Root English cricketer 1990
After England vs. South Africa, quoted on Express.co.uk, "Revealed: What Joe Root said to inspire England to World T20 South Africa win" https://www.express.co.uk/sport/cricket/653851/Joe-Root-Moeen-Ali-World-T20-India-England-South-Africa-cricket-news, March 19, 2016.

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„And once you’ve seen that truth — really seen it — you can’t look away.“

—  Elizabeth Kostova American writer 1964
Context: In the Year of Our Lord 1456 Drakula did many terrible and curious things. When he was appointed Lord in Wallachia, he had all the young boys burned who came to his land to learn the language, four hundred of them. He had a large family impaled and many of his people buried naked up to the navel and shot at. Some he had roasted and then flayed. There was a footnote, too, at the bottom of the first page. The typeface of the note was so fine that I almost missed it. Looking more closely, I realized it was a commentary on the word impaled. Vlad Tepes, it claimed, had learned this form of torture from the Ottomans. Impalement of the sort he practiced involved the penetration of the body with a sharpened wooden stake, usually through the anus or genitals upward, so that the stake sometimes emerged through the mouth and sometimes through the head. I tried for a minute not to see these words; then I tried for several minutes to forget them, with the book shut. The thing that most haunted me that day, however, as I closed my notebook and put my coat on to go home, was not my ghostly image of Dracula, or the description of impalement, but the fact that these things had — apparently — actually occurred. If I listened too closely, I thought, I would hear the screams of the boys, of the “large family” dying together. For all his attention to my historical education, my father had neglected to tell me this: history’s terrible moments were real. I understand now, decades later, that he could never have told me. Only history itself can convince you of such a truth. And once you’ve seen that truth — really seen it — you can’t look away. Ch. 5

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„You really can’t choose the people you’re going to like.“

—  Lisa Goldstein fantasy and science fiction writer 1953
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