„This was not a fearie tale. This was not the movies. This was life. It hurt more. It was excruciating. It was excruciatingly beautiful.“

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—  Kurt Vonnegut American writer 1922 - 2007
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„Life is beautiful, and this work is even more beautiful than life.“

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„Masters, I have to tell a tale of woe,
A tale of folly and of wasted life“

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