„One of the first businesses of a sensible man is to know when he is beaten, and to leave off fighting at once.“

—  Samuel Butler (1835-1902), Samuel Butler's Notebooks http://books.google.com/books?id=cjk3AAAAIAAJ&q=%22One+of+the+first+businesses+of+a+sensible+man+is+to+know+when+he+is+beaten+and+to+leave+off+fighting+at+once%22&pg=PA186#v=onepage (1951)
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