„Your body is like a dew-drop on the morning grass, your life is as brief as a flash of lightning. Momentary and vain, it is lost in a moment. (From 'Fukan zazengi')“

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„May love be your guide in every moment of your life.“

—  Paulo Coelho Brazilian lyricist and novelist 1947
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