„The most thought-provoking thing in our thought-provoking time is that we are still not thinking.“

—  Martin Heidegger, What is Called Thinking? [Was heisst Denken?] (1951–1952), as translated by Fred D. Wieck and J. Glenn Gray (1968)
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