„Never do things others can do and will do, if there are things others cannot do or will not do.“

—  Amelia Earhart, Disputed, As quoted in Have Fun with American Heroes : Activities, Projects, and Fascinating Facts (2005) by David C. King, p. 82; this is also attributed to Dawson Trotman in Through Her Eyes : Life and Ministry of Women in the Muslim World (2005) by Marti Smith, p. 116
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