„Hard is trying to rebuild yourself, piece by piece, with no instruction book, and no clue as to where all the important bits are supposed to go.“

—  Nick Hornby, buch A Long Way Down
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„Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theater, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.“

—  Alan Rickman English film, television and stage actor 1946 - 2016
Interview: Alan Rickman on "Nobel Son" http://www.ifc.com/2008/12/alan-rickman-on-nobel-son by Aaron Hillis, IFC.com (4 December 2008)

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„Saturday is a dismayingly bad book. The numerous set pieces—brain operations, squash game, the encounters with Baxter, etc.“

—  John Banville Irish writer 1945
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„Now there is one outstandingly important fact regarding Spaceship Earth, and that is that no instruction book came with it.“

—  Buckminster Fuller American architect, systems theorist, author, designer, inventor and futurist 1895 - 1983
1960s, Operating Manual for Spaceship Earth (1963)

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„Books are patient where we are slow to understand, allow us to go over the hard parts as many times as we wish, and are never critical of our lapses. Books are key to understanding the world and participating in a democratic society.“

—  Carl Sagan American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science educator 1934 - 1996
The Demon-Haunted World : Science as a Candle in the Dark (1995), Context: Books, purchasable at low cost, permit us to interrogate the past with high accuracy; to tap the wisdom of our species; to understand the point of view of others, and not just those in power; to contemplate — with the best teachers — the insights, painfully extracted from Nature, of the greatest minds that ever were, drawn from the entire planet and from all of our history. They allow people long dead to talk inside our heads. Books can accompany us everywhere. Books are patient where we are slow to understand, allow us to go over the hard parts as many times as we wish, and are never critical of our lapses. Books are key to understanding the world and participating in a democratic society. Ch. 21 : The Path to Freedom, p. 357

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