„Human history is not the product of the wise direction of human reason, but is shaped by the forces of emotion—our dreams, our pride, our greed, our fears, and our desire for revenge.“

—  Lin Yutang

Confucius Saw Nancy and Essays about Nothing (1936), p. 95

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