„Had the routine of our life at this place been known to the world, we should have been regarded as madmen —; although, perhaps, as madmen of a harmless nature.“

—  Edgar Allan Poe, libro I delitti della Rue Morgue

"The Murders in the Rue Morgue" (1841).

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—  Vincent Van Gogh Dutch post-Impressionist painter (1853-1890) 1853 - 1890

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—  Gustav Stresemann German politician, statesman, and Nobel Peace Prize laureate 1878 - 1929

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—  John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963

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