„Sit in a room and read--and read and read. And read the right books by the right people. Your mind is brought onto that level, and you have a nice, mild, slow-burning rapture all the time.“

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— Bill Murray American actor and comedian 1950
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„You don't have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.“

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„Half the time I read Hayek's The Sensory Order with amazement at the extent of his reading and comprehension … he is right … most of the time.“

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