„Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.“

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„Whatever causes night in our souls may leave stars. Cimourdain was full of virtues and truth, but they shine out of a dark background.“

—  Victor Hugo, Ninety-Three
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—  Alfred Russel Wallace British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist and biologist 1823 - 1913
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—  Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900
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