„There are times when you get hit upon, Try hard but you cannot give. Other times you'd gladly part, With what you need to live“

—  Robert Hunter, "Built to Last"
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„Get it straight. Your boy you lose. Love you lose. Honor has been gone for a long time. Duty you do.
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