„You know that things aren't going well for you when you can't even tell people the simplest fact about your life, just because they'll presume you're asking them to feel sorry for you.“

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„If you're going to tell people the truth, you better make them laugh; otherwise they'll kill you.“

—  George Bernard Shaw Irish playwright 1856 - 1950
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„Whenever you interview fat people, you feel bad, because you know you're not going to hire them.“

—  James D. Watson American molecular biologist, geneticist, and zoologist. 1928
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„Is someone you know anorexic? A good joke would be to tell them that they're fat. They'll laugh because anorexic people aren't fat. HAHAH“

—  Maddox American internet writer 1978
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