„Culture is one of the two or three most complicated words in the English language.“

—  Raymond Williams, Keywords (1983)
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„The two most beautiful words in the English language are 'cheque enclosed.“

—  Dorothy Parker American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist 1893 - 1967

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„Summer afternoon — summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.“

—  Henry James American novelist, short story author, and literary critic 1843 - 1916
Quoted by Edith Wharton, A Backward Glance (1934), ch. 10.

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„The four most expensive words in the English language are "this time it’s different."“

—  John Marks Templeton stock investor, businessman and philanthropist 1912 - 2008
As quoted in The Four Pillars of Investing : Lessons for Building a Winning Portfolio (2002) by William Bernstein

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„Together — one of the most inspiring words in the English language. Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.“

—  Edward Everett Hale American author and Unitarian clergyman 1822 - 1909
Attributed to Edward Everett Hale in: United States. President (1922). Addresses of the President of the U.S. and the Director of the Bureau of the Budget. p. 80

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„The ten most dangerous words in the English language are "Hi, I'm from the government, and I'm here to help."“

—  Ronald Reagan American politician, 40th president of the United States (in office from 1981 to 1989) 1911 - 2004
Remarks to Future Farmers of America http://www.reagan.utexas.edu/archives/speeches/1988/072888c.htm (28 July 1988)

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„Harry: The most beautiful words in the English language aren't "I love you" but "it's benign."“

—  Woody Allen American screenwriter, director, actor, comedian, author, playwright, and musician 1935

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„The Latin osculum is neither very old nor frequent. It is one of three words that can be translated by the English, "kiss."“

—  Ivan Illich austrian philosopher and theologist 1926 - 2002
Context: The Latin osculum is neither very old nor frequent. It is one of three words that can be translated by the English, "kiss." In comparison with the affectionate basium and the lascivious suavium, osculum was a latecomer into classical Latin, and was used in only one circumstance as a ritual gesture: In the second century, it became the sign given by a departing soldier to a woman, thereby recognizing her expected child as his offspring. In the Christian liturgy of the first century, the osculum assumed a new function. It became one of two high points in the celebration of the Eucharist. Conspiratio, the mount-to-mouth kiss, became the solemn liturgical gesture by which participants in the cult-action shared their breath or spirit with one another. It came to signify their union in one Holy Spirit, the community that takes shape in God's breath. The ecclesia came to be through a public ritual action, the liturgy, and the soul of this liturgy was the conspiratio. Explicitly, corporeally, the central Christian celebration was understood as a co-breathing, a con-spiracy, the bringing about of a common atmosphere, a divine milieu.

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„A saint is one to be for two when three and you make five and two and cover.
A at most.
Saint saint a saint.“

—  Gertrude Stein American art collector and experimental writer of novels, poetry and plays 1874 - 1946
Four Saints in Three Acts (1927)

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„The relationship between a civilization's socio-economic structure and its culture is perhaps the most complicated of all problems for the sociologist.“

—  Daniel Bell American sociologist, writer, editor, and professor emeritus at Harvard University 1919 - 2011
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