„Whenever a government feels the need of promising peace and prosperity to its citizens by means of a proclamation, it is time to be on guard and expect the opposite.“

—  Ivo Andrič, Translation by Lovett F. Edwards, Dereta, Beograd, 2011, p. 332.
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