„It is better to know something about everything then everything about something“

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„Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.“

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„We may learn everything about something, and we may learn something about everything, but we're never going to learn everything about everything.“

— Robert M. Sapolsky American endocrinologist 1957
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„Some believers are fundamentalists about everything, but every believer is a fundamentalist about something.“

— Jerry Coyne American biologist 1949
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