„By nature a philosopher is not in genius and disposition half so different from a street porter“

—  Adam Smith

Fuente: The Wealth of Nations (1776), Book I, Chapter II, p. 17.
Contexto: By nature a philosopher is not in genius and disposition half so different from a street porter, as a mastiff is from a greyhound

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—  John Herschel English mathematician, astronomer, chemist and photographer 1792 - 1871

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„Naturalness is the seal of genius.“

—  François-Joachim de Pierre de Bernis Catholic cardinal 1715 - 1794

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—  Pope John Paul II 264th Pope of the Catholic Church, saint 1920 - 2005

Encyclical Fides et Ratio, 14 September 1998
Fuente: www.vatican.va http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/encyclicals/documents/hf_jp-ii_enc_14091998_fides-et-ratio_en.html

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