„Nobody wants to be associated with failing to qualify for the World Cup finals. I cannot imagine the shame of it.“

Rio Ferdinand's insight on how it would feel, not qualifying for World Cup finalshttp://www.thefa.com/England/SeniorTeam/NewsAndFeatures/Postings/2004/07/EnglandFerdinandPreAustria.htm

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„In recent times Italy have been in a World Cup final every 12 years and I hope to still be there in 2018.“

—  Gianluigi Buffon Italian association football player 1978

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„Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.“

—  Francis Pharcellus Church, Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

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Kontext: Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.
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—  Mitch McConnell US Senator from Kentucky, Senate Majority Leader 1942

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„In 20 years time, I want to say 'didn't I have a go when I was in my prime', and I went back to play rugby league, tried to make the Rugby World Cup, tried to make the Olympics or tried to win the World Cup with the Kiwis.“

—  Sonny Bill Williams New Zealand rugby player and heavyweight boxer 1985

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„I come here today to look across this world of threats to a world of peace. In that search we cannot expect any final triumph“

—  John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963

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—  Alf Ramsey English association football player and manager 1920 - 1999

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„All mankind waits upon our decision. A whole world looks to see what we will do. We cannot fail their trust, we cannot fail to try.“

—  John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963

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—  Karl Pilkington English television personality, social commentator, actor, author and former radio producer 1972

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—  Jonathan Swift Anglo-Irish satirist, essayist, and poet 1667 - 1745

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Imagination, gathers up
The undiscovered Universe,
Like jewels in a jasper cup.“

—  John Davidson Scottish poet 1857 - 1909

There is a Dish to hold the Sea, reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919)

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