„When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.“

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American author and poet 1928 - 2014

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Source: [When people show you who they are, believe them, http://www.oprah.com/oprahs-lifeclass/when-people-show-you-who-they-are-believe-them-video, 2016-01-19, Oprah's Lifeclass, Oprah, Winfrey, Oprah Winfrey Network, 2011-10-26, 1, 13, 90, en-us, Oprah Winfrey]
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