„What can art accomplish? The purpose of art is to accumulate the human within the human being.“

—  Svetlana Alexievich, Speech at the Nobel Banquet https://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/2015/alexievich-speech_en.html (10 December 2015)
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