„The greatest weakness of all weaknesses is to fear too much to appear weak.“

—  Jacques Bénigne Bossuet, Politics Drawn from the Very Words of Holy Scripture (1709)
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Teórico Absolutista do século XVII 1627 - 1704

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„Don’t mistake being fearful and weak-minded for being nice.“

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Fearful, and weak, and born in suffering;
At least, such Hope as human life can bring.“

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