„Abraham ibn Ezra, that restless, versatile Spaniard who wrote on almost every subject which could interest the medieval mind“

—  Cecil Roth, p. 126
Cecil Roth
1899 - 1970

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„I simply state that I'm a product of a versatile mind in a restless generation — with every reason to throw my mind and pen in with the radicals.“

—  F. Scott Fitzgerald American novelist and screenwriter 1896 - 1940
Context: I simply state that I'm a product of a versatile mind in a restless generation — with every reason to throw my mind and pen in with the radicals. Even if, deep in my heart, I thought we were all blind atoms in a world as limited as a stroke of a pendulum, I and my sort would struggle against tradition; try, at least, to displace old cants with new ones. I've thought I was right about life at various times, but faith is difficult. One thing I know. If living isn't seeking for the grail it may be a damned amusing game.

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„Abraham Lincoln is my nam[e]
And with my pen I wrote the same
I wrote in both hast and speed
and left it here for fools to read“

—  Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865
Manuscript poem, as a teenager (ca. 1824–1826), in "Lincoln as Poet" at Library of Congress : Presidents as Poets http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/prespoetry/al.html, as published in The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (1953) edited by Roy. P. Basler, Vol. 1

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„For love of bustle is not industry – it is only the restlessness of a hunted mind.“

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„Last year I wrote: 'the intensity with which a subject is grasped, that is what makes for beauty in art'. Isn't it also true for love?“

—  Paula Modersohn-Becker German artist 1876 - 1907
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„This mercy will be your ruin; you will be at the bridge across which the Spaniards will enter this land.“

—  William the Silent stadtholder of Holland, Zeeland and Utrecht, leader of the Dutch Revolt 1533 - 1584
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