„Why me?“

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David Eddings
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„Why is it nobody understands me and everybody likes me?“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955
As quoted in New York Times article "The Einstein Theory of Living; At 65 he leads the simplest of lives — and grapples with the most complex thoughts." http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F00713FA3A58157A93C0A81788D85F408485F9 (12 March 1944) Variants: Why is it that nobody understands me, yet everybody likes me? As quoted in The Dark Side of Shakespeare : An Elizabethan Courtier, Diplomat, Spymaster, & Epic Hero, p. 126 https://books.google.com/books?id=-5SxGKrTRUEC&pg=PA126 (2003) by W. Ron Hess Everyone likes me, yet nobody understands me. As quoted in "The culture of Einstein" at MSNBC (18 March 2005) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7406337/

„In the coming world they will not ask me—Why were you not Moses? They will ask me—Why were you not Zusya?“

—  Zusha of Hanipol Ukrainian rabbi 1718 - 1800
Quoted by Martin Buber in Tales of the Hassidim: The Early Masters, Shocken Books 1968, p. 141.

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„Why couldn't someone have patience for me?
Why couldn't someone be wise to my fears?
Tell me why couldn't somebody cry for me
This time? And if I should die, who'll be the first to cry?“

—  Happy Rhodes American singer-songwriter 1965
"The First To Cry" - Live performance New Haven, CT (4 April 2003) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vjxKnOLRFiA

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„Fill all the glasses there, for why
Should every creature drink but I?
Why, man of morals, tell me why?“

—  Abraham Cowley British writer 1618 - 1667
From Anacreon, ii. Drinking; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).

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„I wonder why he shot me.“

—  Huey Long American politician, Governor of Louisiana, and United States Senator 1893 - 1935
Said on September 8, 1935 on his way to the hospital following being shot outside the State Capitol; quoted in Harry T. Williams, Huey Long (Vingtage Books/Random House, 1969), p. 866.

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„Why did you beat me so hard?“

—  Joseph Stalin General secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union 1878 - 1953
to his mother in her later years. Her response was "That's why you turned out so well". Source: Edvard Radzinsky, p. 32