„Four legs good, two legs bad.“

—  George Orwell, livro A Revolução dos Bichos

Fonte: Animal Farm

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„Four legs good, two legs better! All Animals Are Equal. But Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others.“

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„The best definition of man is: a being that goes on two legs and is ungrateful.“

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„How many legs does a dog have, if you call a tail a leg?“

—  Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865

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A very similar riddle about cow legs was also circulated by Edward Josiah Stearns' Notes on Uncle Tom's Cabin (1853), p. 46: '"Father," said one of the rising generation to his paternal progenitor, "if I should call this cow's tail a leg, how many legs would she have?" "Why five, to be sure." "Why, no, father; would calling it a leg make it one?"'
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„On his last legs.“

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„The one-legged never stumble.“

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