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„Motherhood is the strangest thing, it can be like being one’s own Trojan horse.“

—  Rebecca West British feminist and author 1892 - 1983
Letter (20 August 1959), as quoted in Victoria Glendinning, Rebecca West: A Life (1987), Part 5, Chapter 8, p. 206

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„One of the things I learned, one of the strangest things, is how to think. There was nothing else to do.“

—  Abraham Pais American Physicist 1918 - 2000
Context: One of the things I learned, one of the strangest things, is how to think. There was nothing else to do. I couldn't see people, or go for a walk in the forest. All I had was my head and my books, and I thought a lot. I learned, because there was no interruption. I had access to myself, to my thinking. I wouldn't say that I particularly matured. The thinking was physics thinking. I was just short of twenty-two then. I was in hiding for two years and two months, something like that. In all that time I went out very, very little, just once in a great while, after dark. Once I even took the train to Utrecht, forty miles from Amsterdam, with my yellow star, this star which I still have. Why did I go? I just wanted to visit some friends. I was a little bit crazy, a little bit insane. On life in hiding from Nazi authorities, p. 48

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„Ricky: You are the strangest man alive.“

—  Karl Pilkington English television personality, social commentator, actor, author and former radio producer 1972

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„This is the strangest life I’ve ever known.“

—  Jim Morrison lead singer of The Doors 1943 - 1971
"Waiting for the Sun" on the album Morrison Hotel (1970)

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„Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest.“

—  Anatole France French writer 1844 - 1924
De toutes les aberrations sexuelles, la plus singulière est peut-être encore la chasteté. Remy de Gourmont, La Physique de l'Amour: Essai sur l'Instinct Sexuel (1903), ch. 18: La question des aberrations http://books.google.com/books?id=32ZJAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA233&dq=%22De+toutes+les+aberrations+sexuelles%22&lr=&ei=6TXvR9yOM4zGyATqjfX4Bw. Variant: Of all sexual aberrations, perhaps the most curious is chastity. Remy de Gourmont, The Natural Philosophy of Love (1922), the Ezra Pound translation of La Physique de l'Amour: Essai sur l'Instinct Sexuel

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„When it comes to the world around us, is there any choice but to explore?“

—  Lisa Randall American theoretical physicist and an expert on particle physics and cosmology 1962

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