„When FORTRAN has been called an infantile disorder, full PL/1, with its growth characteristics of a dangerous tumor, could turn out to be a fatal disease.“

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—  Guy Fawkes English member of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 1570 - 1606
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—  Abraham Joshua Heschel Polish-American Conservative Judaism Rabbi 1907 - 1972
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—  William Kristol American writer 1952
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