„Poetry, it's one of the most pretty nicknames we give to life.“

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„There is much poetry for which most of us do not care, but with a little trouble when we are young we may find one or two poets whose poetry, if we get to know it well, will mean very much to us and become part of ourselves...“

— Edward Grey, 1st Viscount Grey of Fallodon British Liberal statesman 1862 - 1933
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„That was also my nickname in high school.“

— Pat Sajak American television host 1946
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