„Two forces create eternity – a fairy tale and a dream from the fairy tale.“

—  Dejan Stojanovic, “A Fairy Tale and the End,” p. 40
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poet, writer, and businessman 1959
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—  Novalis German poet and writer 1772 - 1801
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To daylight, and the glad song of the lark
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Of Paradise, told in fair poesy.“

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—  Max Beckmann German painter, draftsman, printmaker, sculptor and writer 1884 - 1950
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