„The only knowledge that can truly orient action is knowledge that frees itself from mere human interests and is based in Ideas—in other words knowledge that has taken a theoretical attitude.“

—  Jürgen Habermas, p. 301
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Knowledge of words, and ignorance of The Word.“

—  T.S. Eliot 20th century English author 1888 - 1965
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