„A society that put more emphasis on birth than ability was likely to breed ability out of its ruling class.“

— Damon Knight, Chapter 19 (p. 190)
Damon Knight
1922 - 2002

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„There is something that is much more scarce, something finer far, something rarer than ability. It is the ability to recognize ability. The sternest comment that can be made against employers as a class lies in the fact that men of Ability usually succeed in showing their worth in spite of their employer, and not with his assistance and encouragement.“

— Elbert Hubbard American writer, publisher, artist, and philosopher fue el escritor del jarron azul 1856 - 1915
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