„Mrs Prentice: You put me in an impossible position.
Nick: No position is impossible when you're young and healthy.“

—  Joe Orton

What the Butler Saw (1969), Act I

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English playwright and author 1933 - 1967

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—  Irving Thalberg American film producer 1899 - 1936

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—  Gottlob Frege mathematician, logician, philosopher 1848 - 1925

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