„Quotations are useful in periods of ignorance or obscurantist beliefs.“

— Guy Debord, Vol. 1, pt. 1.
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„In one period the grossest ignorance and barbarism prevailed in the world; and afterwards, in a more enlightened age, the most daring infidelity, and contempt of God“

— William Carey (missionary) English Baptist missionary and a Particular Baptist minister 1761 - 1834
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