„The problem is the fake products today are of better quality and better price than the real names … They are exactly the same factories, exactly the same raw materials but they do not use the names.“

—  Jack Ma

Responding to the accusation that Alibaba sells fake merchandise. "Jack Ma Says Fakes 'Better Quality and Better Price Than the Real Names'” http://blogs.wsj.com/chinarealtime/2016/06/15/jack-ma-says-fakes-better-quality-and-better-price-than-the-real-names/, CHINA REAL TIME REPORT, The Wall Street Journal (June 15, 2016)

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„And at the same time, tied us for good, to the things that we invent so that tomorrow will be better than today.“

—  James Burke (science historian) British broadcaster, science historian, author, and television producer 1936

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„In the coming era, doing the exactly right next thing is far more fruitful than doing the same thing twice.“

—  Kevin Kelly American author and editor 1952

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„A good name is better than riches.“

—  Miguel de Cervantes Spanish novelist, poet, and playwright 1547 - 1616

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„If there is one person I do despise more than another, it is the man who does not think exactly the same on all topics as I do.“

—  Jerome K. Jerome, book Idle Thoughts of an Idle Fellow

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„The new disease of our age is being OK doing everything at exactly the same time.“

—  Nigel Cumberland British author and leadership coach 1967

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„The ethics of art are terrifying because real art by increasing our knowledge of ourselves increases in exactly the same proportion the ethical commitment.“

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