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„The duration of the life of men may be considerably increased. It would be true progress to go back to the simple dishes of our ancestors. … Progress would consist in simplifying many sides of the lives of civilised people.“

—  Élie Metchnikoff Russian-French immunologist, embriologist, biologist, Nobel laureat 1845 - 1916
Quoted in Strength and Diet https://books.google.it/books?id=uexsAAAAMAAJ by Francis Albert Rollo Russell (London: Longmans, Green, & Co, 1905), p. 2.

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„The more I think it over, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.“

—  Vincent Van Gogh Dutch post-Impressionist painter (1853-1890) 1853 - 1890
1880s, 1888, Quote in Vincent's letter, from Arles, Tuesday, 18 September 1888; as cited in Van Gogh : The Self-portraits (1969) by Fritz Erpel, p. 17 Variant translations: The more I think about it, the more I realize there is nothing more artistic than to love others. As quoted in Mary Engelbreit's Words To Live By (1999) by Mary Engelbreit I tell you the more I think, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people.

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„I don’t search for exactitude in portraying people. I try to give to imaginary people a kind of veracity.“

—  Françoise Sagan French writer 1935 - 2004
Paris Review interview (1956), Context: I don’t search for exactitude in portraying people. I try to give to imaginary people a kind of veracity. It would bore me to death to put into my novels the people I know. It seems to me that there are two kinds of trickery: the “fronts” people assume before one another’s eyes, and the “front” a writer puts on the face of reality.

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„I am forced to say that you have not made the right choice. I have been locked up in the socially oppressive iron casket of 'porda' for all my life. I have not been able to mix very well with people – as a matter of fact, I do not even know what is expected of a chairperson. I do not know if one is supposed to laugh, or to cry.“

—  Begum Rokeya Bengali feminist writer and social worker 1880 - 1932
Context: Although I am grateful to you for the respect that you have expressed towards me by inviting me to preside over the conference, I am forced to say that you have not made the right choice. I have been locked up in the socially oppressive iron casket of 'porda' for all my life. I have not been able to mix very well with people – as a matter of fact, I do not even know what is expected of a chairperson. I do not know if one is supposed to laugh, or to cry. When she was asked, in 1926, to chair the Bengal women's educational conference. https://www.theguardian.com/books/2011/may/28/rokeya-sakhawat-hossain-hero-tahmima-anam

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„My God is none other than the people. Only the popular masses are omniscient and omnipotent and almighty on earth. Therefore my lifetime motto is: "The people are my God."“

—  Kim Il-sung President of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea 1912 - 1994
Comment to Cheondoist independence activist Kim In Jin (1936), described in autobiography With the Century (1993)

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„Formalism is music that people don’t understand at first hearing.“

—  Sergei Prokofiev Ukrainian & Russian Soviet pianist and composer 1891 - 1953
Quoted in Boris Schwarz Music and Musical Life in Soviet Russia, 1917-1970 (1972) p. 115.

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„The secret to feeling great about yourself is not to be found in searching for people who are less than you and then show yourself superior to them, but in searching for people who are more than you and then show yourself worthy of their company.“

—  Erik Naggum Norwegian computer programmer 1965 - 2009
Usenet articles, Miscellaneous, Re: CLL statistics for 2002 (was: Looking for Lisp compiler) http://www.xach.com/naggum/articles/3250612397276876@naggum.no.html (Usenet article).

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