„France is herself Only in the winter, her naked self, without manners. In the fine weather, all the world can love her.“

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—  Mary Astell English feminist writer 1666 - 1731
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„At least I can know the truth about what happens to me, she assured herself silently, making a promise to herself, in her hopefulness, her ignorance.“

—  Katherine Anne Porter American journalist, essayist, short story writer, novelist, and political activist 1890 - 1980
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