„It always takes two. For relationships to work, for them to break apart, for them to be fixed.“

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—  Alexandre Dumas French writer and dramatist, father of the homonym writer and dramatist 1802 - 1870
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—  Octavio Paz Mexican writer laureated with the 1990 Nobel Prize for Literature 1914 - 1998
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„It looks like poets will always have their work cut out for them.“

—  Wisława Szymborska Polish writer 1923 - 2012
Context: Granted, in daily speech, where we don't stop to consider every word, we all use phrases like "the ordinary world," "ordinary life," "the ordinary course of events"… But in the language of poetry, where every word is weighed, nothing is usual or normal. Not a single stone and not a single cloud above it. Not a single day and not a single night after it. And above all, not a single existence, not anyone's existence in this world. It looks like poets will always have their work cut out for them.

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