„Truth and Virtue do not necessarily belong to wealth and Power and Distinctions of Big Mansions.“

Quoted from Goel, S. R. (2016). History of Hindu-Christian encounters, AD 304 to 1996. Chapter 8 ISBN 9788185990354

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—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

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