„My darling girl, Unfortunately, this earth is not a fairy-land, but a struggle for life, perfectly natural and therefore extremely harsh. All the same, or precisely for this reason, it is happiness and comfort for us men to have a precious sweetheart - and I have the most precious, the dearest and best of all!“

—  Martin Bormann, Quoted in "The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations" - Page 873 - by Robert Andrews - Reference - 1993.
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