„The world is full of happiness, and plenty to go round, if you are only willing to take the kind that comes your way.“

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—  St. Vincent (musician) American singer-songwriter 1982

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„The world is full of willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.“

—  Robert Frost American poet 1874 - 1963

As quoted in The New Speaker's Treasury of Wit and Wisdom (1958) edited by Herbert Victor Prochnow
As quoted at page 212 in The Pocket Book of Quips and Quotes http://books.google.de/books?id=jcIWpJdFBkEC&pg=PA212&dq=The+world+is+full+of+willing+people,+some+willing+to+work,+the+rest+willing+to+let+them.&hl=de&sa=X&ei=R9LOUe3UL8mctAbO0oDQCg&ved=0CGwQ6AEwCDgK#v=onepage&q=The%20world%20is%20full%20of%20willing%20people%2C%20some%20willing%20to%20work%2C%20the%20rest%20willing%20to%20let%20them.&f=false (1996) by Rajendra Pillai, Copyright 1996 The Saint Paul Society Bombay, 2nd Print 1999
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„Take the risk of thinking for yourself. Much more happiness, truth, beauty and wisdom will come to you that way.“

—  Christopher Hitchens British American author and journalist 1949 - 2011

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—  Prem Rawat controversial spiritual leader 1957

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„Now the heart is so full that a drop overfills it;
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—  Thom Yorke English musician, philanthropist and singer-songwriter 1968

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