„O! what a prodigal have I been of that most valuable of all possessions — Time!“

—  George Villiers, 2nd Duke of Buckingham, Last recorded words, as quoted in The Encyclopædia Britannica (1910)
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„Throughout man's career intelligence and charity have been man's distinctive and most valuable assets.“

—  Olaf Stapledon British novelist and philosopher 1886 - 1950
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—  Daniel Webster Leading American senator and statesman. January 18, 1782 – October 24, 1852. Served as the Secretary of State for thr... 1782 - 1852
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