„You can't drive a flock of sheep to market in a dead straight line, but there are ways of getting 'em there.“

—  John Wyndham, buch The Day of the Triffids

The Day of the Triffids (1951), ch 10 - p.179

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britischer Science-Fiction-Autor 1903 - 1969

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—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

Um ein tadelloses Mitglied einer Schafherde sein zu können, muß man vor allem ein Schaf sein.
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„We herd sheep, we drive cattle, we lead people. Lead me, follow me, or get out of my way.“

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—  Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965

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—  James Burke (science historian) British broadcaster, science historian, author, and television producer 1936

Connections (1979), 10 - Yesterday, Tomorrow and You
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—  Joe Hill Swedish-American labor activist, songwriter, and member of the Industrial Workers of the World 1879 - 1915

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