„Her track, where'er the goddess roves,
Glory pursue, and gen'rous shame,
Th' unconquerable mind, 3 and freedom's holy flame.“

—  Thomas Gray, II. 2, Line 10
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—  Fernando Pessoa Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher 1888 - 1935
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—  Elie Wiesel writer, professor, political activist, Nobel Laureate, and Holocaust survivor 1928 - 2016
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—  Theodore Dalrymple English doctor and writer 1949
All Sex, All the Time http://www.city-journal.org/html/10_3_urbanities-all_sex.html (Summer 2000).

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