„When my life is through
And the angels ask me to recall
The thrill of them all
Then I shall tell them
I remember you“

—  Johnny Mercer, Song I Remember You
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—  Thomas Anthony Dooley III American physician 1927 - 1961
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„When I have sacrificed my angel-soul,
I shall become what no mind e'er conceived.
Oh, let me not exist! for Non-existence
Proclaims in organ tones, To Him we shall return.“

—  Rumi Iranian poet 1207 - 1273
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„You ask me what's happened in my life, why and how I did this and that. And I think and tell, but it's never true story, because everything is so much more complicated, and also I can't even remember how things happened. Whole process is boring. Also false, but mostly boring.“

—  Mikhail Baryshnikov Soviet-American dancer, choreographer, and actor born in Letonia, Soviet Union 1948
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