„I never stuck up a man in my life. Neither did any of my agents ever rob anybody or burglarize any homes while they worked for me. They might have pulled plenty of jobs before they came with me or after they left me, but not while they were in my outfit.“

—  Al Capone
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„I did not direct my life. I didn’t design it. I never made decisions. Things always came up and made them for me. That’s what life is.“

—  B.F. Skinner American behaviorist 1904 - 1990
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„I thank Thee first because I was never robbed before; second, because although they took my purse they did not take my life; third, because although they took my all, it was not much; and fourth because it was I who was robbed, and not I who robbed.“

—  Matthew Henry Theologician from Wales 1662 - 1714
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„Mother and father abandoned me at birth and the author of my life also did not write any worth or merit on the page of destiny.“

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„I have never regarded any man as my superior, either in my life outside or inside prison.“

—  Nelson Mandela President of South Africa, anti-apartheid activist 1918 - 2013
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—  L. S. Lowry British visual artist 1887 - 1976
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„But it is not time for me to die; I have not yet finished my life's work.“

—  Jan Burgers Dutch physicist 1895 - 1981
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