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—  Wilhelm Bittrich German general 1894 - 1979
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„It is a trade like any other; quite useless, of course — but, then, many reputable trades are quite useless.“

—  George Orwell English author and journalist 1903 - 1950
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„Nothing great is done without great men, and they are great because they wanted it.“

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„Well, nothing was ever done so systematically as nothing is being done now.“

—  Woodrow Wilson American politician, 28th president of the United States (in office from 1913 to 1921) 1856 - 1924
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„Just because something doesn't do what you planned it to do doesn't mean it's useless.“

—  Thomas Edison American inventor and businessman 1847 - 1931
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