„Variants include "You can never cross the ocean unless you have the courage to lose sight of the shore".“

—  Christoph Kolumbus, Actually by André Gide.
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—  Marie Antoinette last Queen of France prior to the French Revolution 1755 - 1793
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„Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.“

—  John Steinbeck American writer 1902 - 1968
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