„The story you are about to read is a work of fiction. Nothing - and everything - about it is real.“

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American author of young-adult and middle grade novels 1950

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„Cimourdain knew everything and nothing. He knew everything about science, and nothing at all about life. Hence his inflexibility.“

—  Victor Hugo French poet, novelist, and dramatist 1802 - 1885

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„Someday I'd like to read a story about competent people on Mars.“

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„I sometimes think that the American story is the one about the reading of the will.“

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„The real reality is there, but everything you KNOW about “it” is in your mind and your
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—  Gregory Hill American writer and founder of Discordianism 1941 - 2000

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„Real understanding of a thing comes from taking it apart oneself, not reading about it in a book or hearing about it in a classroom.“

—  Robert B. Laughlin American physicist 1950

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Context: Real understanding of a thing comes from taking it apart oneself, not reading about it in a book or hearing about it in a classroom. To this day I always insist on working out a problem from the beginning without reading up on it first, a habit that sometimes gets me into trouble but just as often helps me see things my predecessors have missed.

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