„Purim is the birthday of the first Schutz-Jude, the first Jewish toady to foreign royalty.“

—  I. L. Peretz, Purim, 1896. Alle Verk, xii. 137. quoted in M. Samuel. Prince of the Ghetto. Alfred A. Knopf, 1948, p. 123.
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Escritor, poeta e teatrólogo em língua iídiche 1852 - 1915
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—  Giacomo Leopardi Italian poet, philosopher and writer 1798 - 1837
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—  Kurt Vonnegut American writer 1922 - 2007
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