„But that's what I'm saying to you... That there are bad people in this world, and sometimes bad people stay bad. Sometimes you have to stand up to them.“

—  Khaled Hosseini, (319) Amir

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„Only the very meanest people refuse to give pennies and these are always visited by Extreme Bad Luck.“

—  P. L. Travers Australian-British novelist, actress and journalist 1899 - 1996
Context: The Fifth of November is Guy Fawkes' Day in England. In peacetime it is celebrated with bonfires on the greens, fireworks in the parks and the carrying of "guys" through the streets. "Guys" are stuffed, straw figures of unpopular persons; and after they have been shown to everybody they are burnt in the bonfires amid great acclamation. The children black their faces and put on comical clothes, and go about begging for a Penny for the Guy. Only the very meanest people refuse to give pennies and these are always visited by Extreme Bad Luck. The Original Guy Fawkes was one of the men who took part in the Gunpowder Plot. This was a conspiracy for blowing up King James I and the Houses of Parliament on November 5th, 1605. The plot was discovered, however, before any damage was done. The only result was that King James and his Parliament went on living but Guy Fawkes, poor man, did not. He was executed with the other conspirators. Nevertheless, it is Guy Fawkes who is remembered today and King James who is forgotten. For since that time, the Fifth of November in England, like the Fourth of July in America, has been devoted to Fireworks. From 1605 till 1939 every village green in the shires had a bonfire on Guy Fawkes' Day. NOTE (on Guy Fawkes' Day)

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„I was always lucky in my bad luck.“

—  Bohumil Hrabal Czech bookwriter and writer 1914 - 1997

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„Good music always defeats bad luck.“

—  Jack Vance American mystery and speculative fiction writer 1916 - 2013

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„Bad luck is usually transmitted by close proximity to habitual sufferers.“

—  Irvine Welsh Scottish novelist 1958
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„When you start having bad luck, there isn't an end to it.“

—  Mario Vargas Llosa Peruvian writer, politician, journalist, and essayist 1936

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„.. sometimes you have to be bad“

—  Paul DiLascia American software developer 1959 - 2008

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