„Your works are wonderful, O Lord! In the multitude of Thy virtues you measure those who despise you.“

—  Linneo, Praise at the end of the introduction. In Systema Naturae (1758). Original in Latin: "Terribilia sunt opera Tua, o Domine! In multitude virtutis Tuae, Te metientur contemptores Tui."
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medico e naturalista svedese 1707 - 1778

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„Hail, queen wisdom! May the Lord save thee with thy sister holy pure simplicity!
O Lady, holy poverty, may the Lord save thee with thy sister holy humility!
O Lady, holy charity, may the Lord save thee with thy sister holy obedience!“

—  Francis of Assisi Catholic saint and founder of the Franciscan Order 1182 - 1226
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