„Somebody said
that Reason was dead.
Reason said: No,
I think not so.“

—  Piet Hein, Grooks, Dead Reasonable
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puzzle designer, matematik, autor, básník 1577 - 1629
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„Now this very contentedness in the possession of a dead liberty is characteristic of the so-called State, and, as I have said, it is not a good characteristic.“

—  Henrik Ibsen Norwegian playwright, theatre director, and poet 1828 - 1906
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