„More than thirty other islands in the vicinity of San Juan are for the most part and for the same reason depopulated, and the land laid waste.“

—  Bartolomé de las Casas, History of the Indies (1561)
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„To those devoid of imagination a blank place on the map is a useless waste; to others, the most valuable part.“

—  Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac
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„San Francisco is a mad city—inhabited for the most part by perfectly insane people, whose women are of a remarkable beauty.“

—  Rudyard Kipling English short-story writer, poet, and novelist 1865 - 1936
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„The landing approach was, by far, the most difficult and challenging part of the flight.“

—  Neil Armstrong American astronaut; first person to walk on the moon 1930 - 2012
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„The island of Utopia is in the middle two hundred miles broad, and holds almost at the same breadth over a great part of it, but it grows narrower towards both ends.“

—  Thomas More, Utopia
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„Most of the things we do, we do for no better reason than that our fathers have done them or our neighbors do them, and the same is true of a larger part than what we suspect of what we think.“

—  Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. United States Supreme Court justice 1841 - 1935
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