„How marvelous books are, crossing worlds and centuries, defeating ignorance and, finally, cruel time itself.“

—  Gore Vidal, kniha Julian

Zdroj: 1960s, Julian (1964), Chapter 1, Libanius to Priscus, Antioch March 380

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