„Be thine own palace, or the world's thy jail.“

—  John Donne
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—  John D. Barrow British scientist 1952
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—  Zack de la Rocha American musician, poet rapper and activist best known as the vocalist and lyricist of rap metal band Rage Against th... 1970
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—  Dinah Craik English novelist and poet 1826 - 1887
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All things by a law divine
In one spirit meet and mingle —
Why not I with thine?“

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—  Herman Melville American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet 1819 - 1891
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