„Those who have never fought suppose that the deserter who flies the field is consumed by shame. He is not, or he would not desert; with only trifling exceptions, battles are fought by cowards afraid to run.“

—  Gene Wolfe, Chapter 16, "The Epitome" (p. 114)
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American science fiction and fantasy writer 1931

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„Poor is he who in traitor doth confide :
Never shall snow-clad land good grain provide.
Poor she who in deserter faith doth show :
Never shall flowers on withered branches grow.“

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