„A bore is a man who, when you ask how he is, tells you.“

—  Bert Leston Taylor, The So-Called Human Race (1922), Quote from: 1001 quotations to inspire you before you die; Quintessence Editions Ltd., 2016, ISBN 978-1-84403-895-4
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