„I never said most of the things I said.“

—  Yogi Berra

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American baseball player, manager, coach 1925 - 2015

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„When I was in the Soviet Union recently I was being interviewed by a newspaperman and he said, "Which dancers influenced you the most?" and I said, "Oh, well, Fred Astaire." He looked very surprised and shocked and I said, "What's the matter?" He said, "Well, Mr. Balanchine just said the same thing."“

—  Fred Astaire American dancer, singer, actor, choreographer and television presenter 1899 - 1987

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„I never said, "I want to be alone." I only said, "I want to be let alone! There is all the difference.“

—  Greta Garbo Swedish-American actress 1905 - 1990

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„I said the thing which was not.“

—  Jonathan Swift, book Les Voyages de Gulliver

For they have no word in their language to express lying or falsehood.
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„Do you know the first thing I said as a child, before I said "Mama" or "Dada"? I said "Leave me alone!"“

—  Jerry Seinfeld American comedian and actor 1954

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„The Eye never said good-bye to anyone. I never said good-bye to anyone either.“

—  Roberto Bolaño, book Last Evenings on Earth

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„This sequel to The Female Eunuch is the book I said I would never write.“

—  Germaine Greer Australian feminist author 1939

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