„The greatest part of a writer's time is spent in reading, in order to write: a man will turn over half a library to make one book.“

—  Samuel Johnson, Vol II, April 6, 1775
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—  Kenneth Rexroth American poet, writer, anarchist, academic and conscientious objector 1905 - 1982
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„[The books of Euclid pass on to us] something admirable and very necessary to see and to read, namely the order in the method of writing on mathematics in that aforementioned time of the wise age.“

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