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—  Ted Chiang, Story of Your Life; first appeared in Starlight 2, 1998.
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„Whatever concept one may hold, from a metaphysical point of view, concerning the freedom of the will, certainly its appearances, which are human actions, like every other natural event are determined by universal laws.“

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„Setting the agenda and getting one's way, however, are two very different things.“

—  John W. Kingdon American political scientist 1940
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