„Shitty things are always simple. Same as great things. Patrick Standish, in conversation.“

—  Kingsley Amis, Difficulties with Girls (1988), Ch. 17, p. 248 The speaker is Patrick Standish, copyrighting his own witticism.
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„This may be a gross exaggeration of a very simple matter. But perhaps the same is true of many of the more prodigious things of life and death.“

—  Wallace Stevens American poet 1879 - 1955
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„In general admittedly the Wise of all times have always said the same thing, and the fools, that is to say the vast majority of all times, have always done the same thing, i. e. the opposite; and so it will remain in the future.“

—  Arthur Schopenhauer German philosopher 1788 - 1860
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