„Only the forgotten are truly dead.“


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„Ninety percent of them [artists in general] are forgotten ten minutes after they’re dead.“

—  Edward Hopper prominent American realist painter and printmaker 1882 - 1967
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—  Henry Temple, 3rd Viscount Palmerston British politician 1784 - 1865
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„I only appear to be dead.“

—  Hans Christian Andersen Danish author, fairy tale writer, and poet 1805 - 1875