„At first people refuse to believe that a strange new thing can be done, then they begin to hope it can be done, then they see it can be done--then it is done and all the world wonders why it was not done centuries ago.“

Source: The Secret Garden

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English-American childrens' playwright and author 1849 - 1924

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„Things can be done under the incentive of terror and fear that can not be done when the fear disappears.“

—  Lester B. Pearson 14th Prime Minister of Canada 1897 - 1972

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„Everything that is done in this world is done by hope.“

—  Martin Luther seminal figure in Protestant Reformation 1483 - 1546

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—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968

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„Whatever can be done another day can be done today.“

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And a' is done in vain.“

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„What can be done when you’re eleven can often never be done again.“

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—  Marie Curie French-Polish physicist and chemist 1867 - 1934

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—  Frank Herbert American writer 1920 - 1986

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„It can be done!“

—  Cesar Chavez American farm worker, labor leader, and civil rights activist 1927 - 1993

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—  Fanny Kemble English actress and writer 1809 - 1893

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