„The point of modernity is to live a life without illusions while not becoming disillusioned“

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italský politik, publicista a marxistický filosof 1891 - 1937
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—  J. G. Ballard British writer 1930 - 2009
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„I’m an idealist without illusions.“

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