„So they march with sovereign tread…
Behind them limps the hungry dog,
and wrapped in wild snow at their head
carrying a blood-red flag
soft-footed where the blizzard swirls,
invulnerable where bullets crossed –
crowned with a crown of
snowflake pearls,
a flowery diadem of frost,
ahead of them goes Jesus Christ.“

—  Aleksandr Blok, The Twelve (1918); translation from Jon Stallworthy and Peter France (trans.) The Twelve, and Other Poems (New York: Oxford University Press, 1970) p. 160.
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„From the crown of our head to the sole of our foot.“

—  Thomas Middleton English playwright and poet 1580 - 1627
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„From the crown of our head to the sole of our foot.“

—  John Fletcher English Jacobean playwright 1579 - 1625
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„When fascism comes to America, it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.“

—  Sinclair Lewis American novelist, short-story writer, and playwright 1885 - 1951
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„Crowned heads, wealth and privilege may well tremble should ever again the Black and Red unite!“

—  Otto von Bismarck German statesman, Chancellor of Germany 1815 - 1898
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„Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown.“

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„No pain, no palm; no thorns, no throne; no gall, no glory; no cross, no crown.“

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