„There are two great days in a person's life - the day we are born and the day we discover why.“

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„The two most important days in your life are the day you were born and the day you find out why.“

—  Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910
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„Life is the lust of a lamp for the light that is dark till the dawn of the day that we die.“

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