„Why, one wonders, does lightning strike in one place rather than another?“

P 86
The Search Warrant (2000)

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—  George Eliot, livro Middlemarch

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—  Tom Wolfe, livro The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

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Contexto: He talks in a soft voice with a country accent, almost a pure country accent, only crackling and rasping and cheese-grated over the two-foot hookup, talking about —
"—there's been no creativity," he is saying, "and I think my value has been to help create the next step. I don't think there will be any movement off the drug scene until there is something else to move to —"
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„I'd rather be a lightning rod than a seismograph.“

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—  Hermann Hesse, livro O Lobo da Estepe

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—  Cato the Elder politician, writer and economist (0234-0149) -234 - -149 a.C.

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Contexto: The production of motion, molar or molecular, is governed by physical laws, which it is the business of the philosopher to find out and correlate. The law of the conservation of energy overrides all laws, and it is a preeminent canon of scientific belief that for every act done a corresponding expenditure of energy must be transformed.
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