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But mark, madam, we live amongst riddles and mysteries — the most obvious things, which come in our way, have dark sides, which the quickest sight cannot penetrate into. And even the clearest and most exalted understandings amongst us find themselves puzzled and at a loss in almost every cranny of nature's works.

Laurence Sterne

Indeed, just as the light makes itself and the shadows clear, so truth is the norm of itself and of what is false.


It is better to be rich and healthy than poor and sick.

Not Spinoza

Come, Firm Resolve, take thou the van,
Thou strong core-heart in man!
And let us mind, faint heart ne'er won
A lady fair;
Who does the utmost that he can,
Will sometimes do more.

After Robert Burns

Du bist mein, ich bin dein,
Des sollst du gewiss sein.
Du bist verschlossen
In meinem Herzen,
Verloren ist das Schlüsselein:
Du musst immer drinnen sein.

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