„[Moishe] explained to me, with great emphasis, that every question possessed a power that was lost in the answer….
And why do you pray, Moishe?' I asked him.
I pray to the God within me for the strength to ask Him the real questions.“

—  Elie Wiesel, buch Night

Quelle: Night

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„every question possessed a power that was lost in the answer…“

—  Elie Wiesel, buch Night

Variante: He explained to me with great insistence that every question posessed a power that did not lie in the answer.
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„I'm just afraid that I may not have the strength to do this job. After you leave me tonight, Jimmy, I am going to pray. I am going to pray that God will help me, that he will give me the strength and the guidance to do this job and to do it right. I hope that you will pray for me, too, Jimmy.“

—  Franklin D. Roosevelt 32nd President of the United States 1882 - 1945

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—  Yogi Berra American baseball player, manager, coach 1925 - 2015

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—  Ben Carson 17th and current United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development; American neurosurgeon 1951

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„The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: 'If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?' But… the good Samaritan reversed the question: 'If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?“

—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968

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