„The weapons an author has at her disposal are flawed. There are words that feel shapeless and overused. Love, for example. I could write the word love a thousand times and it would mean a thousand different things to different readers.“

Source: The Storyteller

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—  Lawrence Lessig American academic, political activist. 1961

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„Oh, come along, reader of the High Journal; if you do not love words, how will you love the communication?“

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