„Men may the wise atrenne, and naught atrede.“

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scrittore, poeta, cantante, burocrate e diplomatico inglese 1343 - 1400
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—  Adlai Stevenson mid-20th-century Governor of Illinois and Ambassador to the UN 1900 - 1965
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—  Thomas Fuller (writer) British physician, preacher, and intellectual 1654 - 1734
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„But the princes, putting the words of their wise men to naught, thought each to himself: If I but strike quickly enough, and in secret, I shall destroy these others in their sleep, and there will be none to fight back; the earth shall be mine.
Such was the folly of princes, and there followed the Flame Deluge.“

—  Walter M. Miller, Jr. American fiction writer 1923 - 1996
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„Action men are the unvoluntary slaves of wise men.“

—  Fernando Pessoa Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher 1888 - 1935
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„Wise men learn more from fools than fools from the wise.“

—  Cato the Elder politician, writer and economist (0234-0149) -234 - -149 a.C.
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—  John Adams 2nd President of the United States 1735 - 1826
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„Society speaks and all men listen, mountains speak and wise men listen.“

—  John Muir Scottish-born American naturalist and author 1838 - 1914
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