„Either the conscious intellect is impotent, or is not sufficiently strong, or is not the factor positively connected with altruistic phenomenon generally or their sublime form particularly.“

— Pitirim Sorokin, Pitirim Sorokin (1948) The Reconstruction of Humanity http://books.google.nl/books?id=NNq2AAAAIAAJ. Beacon Press p. 330

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„Stupidity is not my strong point.“

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