„Remember that sore saying spoken once
By Him that was the Truth, 'How hard it is
For the rich man to enter into heaven!'
Let all rich men remember that hard word.“

—  Alfred Tennyson, Queen Mary: A Drama (published 1876), Act iv, scene 3
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„Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves.“

—  D.H. Lawrence English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter 1885 - 1930
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„It's enough for you to do it once for a few men to remember you.“

—  Ernest Hemingway American author and journalist 1899 - 1961
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—  Leo Tolstoy Russian writer 1828 - 1910
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