„A great man quotes bravely, and will not draw on his invention when his memory serves him with a word just as good.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1870s, Society and Solitude (1870), Quotation and Originality
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—  William Hazlitt English writer 1778 - 1830
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„Many a man fails to become a thinker only because his memory is too good.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche, livro Humano, Demasiado Humano
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„But he has left us the legacy of heroes—the memory of his great name, and the inspiration of his great example.“

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„Let every man in mankind's frailty
Consider his last day; and let none
Presume on his good fortune until he find
Life, at his death, a memory without pain.“

—  Sophocles ancient Greek tragedian -496 - -406 a.C.
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