„In Russia, they say I'm a Pole, in Poland they call me Russian.“

—  Konstantin Rokossovsky, Quoted in "Rokossowski - How Much of a Pole? - by Wiesław Białkowski, 1994.
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—  Malcolm X American human rights activist 1925 - 1965
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