„Reign, and keep life in this our deep desire
Our only greatness is that we aspire.“

—  Jean Ingelow, "A Snow Mountain", reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
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Jean Ingelow
britische Schriftstellerin 1820 - 1897
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—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961
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