„Looking at the past must only be a means of understanding more clearly what and who they are so that they can more wisely build the future.“

—  Paulo Freire, Chapter 2
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—  Rollo May US psychiatrist 1909 - 1994
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For one look back, a thousand on we cast;
And hope doth ever memory outlast.“

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—  Ba Jin Chinese novelist 1904 - 2005
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