„The history of France begins with the French language. Language is the primary sign of nationality.“

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„A culture is not only the language and the arts of a people. It is all their history, all their hopes for the future.“

—  Pierre Stephen Robert Payne British lecturer, novelist, historian, poet and biographer 1911 - 1983
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„The tree which rustles and the heather which grows are for me the grand history, that which will not change. If I speak well their language, I shall have spoken well the language of all times.“

—  Théodore Rousseau French painter (1812-1867) 1812 - 1867
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„The signing of the Union Treaty is not just sad. This is the crime of the century. This, of course, is the genocide of the Belarusian nation. This is the end of Belarusian history.“

—  Vasil Bykaŭ Belarusian writer 1924 - 2003
“Ён Прыехаў, Сам Памёр, Усё Спакойна…” Апошнія Тыдні Васіля Быкава https://www.svaboda.org/amp/24853764.html // svaboda.org (in Belarusian)

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