„I'm known for speaking my mind, a trait I probably inherited from my parents, Louis and Mary Leakey—neither of whom was renowned for tact.“

—  Richard Leakey, Wildlife Wars: My Fight to Save Africa's Natural Treasures (2001) with Virginia Morell
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„And then I realized that she is me. Now I can say much more about Mary Poppins because what was known to me in my blood and instincts has now come up to the surface in my head.“

—  P. L. Travers Australian-British novelist, actress and journalist 1899 - 1996
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