„This is a tragedy among human history, the result of large numbers of human errors. But the net of justice is omipresent, it never missed.“

—  Tan Zuoren

譚作人:四川大地震人禍更勝於天災 http://www.dajiyuan.com/b5/8/5/22/n2126567.htm
Original: (zh_Hant) 這個是人類歷史上的一個慘劇,而且是有大量的人為的因素造成的慘劇。天網恢恢,疏而不漏。

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Tan Zuoren
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