„What happens when you let an unsatisfactory present go on long enough? It becomes your entire history.“

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—  Russell Brand British comedian, actor, and author 1975
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„I'm going to put people in my place, so when the history of this administration is written at least there's an authoritarian voice saying exactly what happened.“

—  George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946
Discussing his forthcoming book, as quoted in the Associated Press, March 17, 2009 http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/03/17/bush-abstains-from-critic_n_176032.html.

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