„The greater the happiness that nature sets before me, the more I lament that he is not here to taste it: the greater the bliss we might enjoy together, the more I feel our present wretchedness apart.“

—  Anne Brontë, Ch. XXV : First Absence; Helen Graham
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—  Maharishi Mahesh Yogi Inventor of Transcendental Meditation, musician 1917 - 2008
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