„“Other political scientists work on capillaries. John goes for the jugular”“

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—  John Bradford English Protestant Reformer and martyr 1510 - 1555
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—  Scott L. Montgomery American geologist and writer
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„One has to try to strike the jugular and let the rest go.“

—  Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. United States Supreme Court justice 1841 - 1935
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„Jesus accepted John as the forerunner of his own work.“

—  Walter Rauschenbusch United States Baptist theologian 1861 - 1918
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„Politics may come and go, but Greed goes on forever.“

—  Vernor Vinge American mathematician, computer scientist, and science fiction writer 1944
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„The work of John Lennon was marked by its exquisite beauty and by its brutal honesty.“

—  Kevin Spacey American actor, director and producer 1959
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