„1. What makes your family unique?“

—  Patrick Lencioni, The Three Big Questions for a Frantic Family: A Leadership Fable About Restoring Sanity To The Most Important Organization In Your Life
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—  Salman Rushdie British Indian novelist and essayist 1947
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„Lord — Protect my family and me. Forgive me my sins, and help me guard against pride and despair. Give me the wisdom to do what is right and just. And make me an instrument of your will.“

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