„They laid bets as to who, with one stroke of the sword, could split a man in two or could cut off his head or spill out his entrails with a single stroke of the pike.“

—  Bartolomé de las Casas, History of the Indies (1561)
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„A stroke of the sword that does not hit its target is the sword stroke of death; you reach over it to strike the winning blow.“

—  Yagyū Munenori samurai and daimyo of the early Edo period 1571 - 1646
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—  Günter Brus Austrian artist 1938
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„A conservationist is one who is humbly aware that with each stroke [of the axe] he is writing his signature on the face of the land.“

—  Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac
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„The strokes of the pen need deliberation as much as the sword needs swiftness.“

—  Julia Ward Howe American abolitionist, social activist, and poet 1819 - 1910
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„Ardiles strokes the ball like it was a part of his anatomy.“

—  Jimmy Magee Gaelic games commentatot 1935 - 2017
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„Made in Sheffield, and guaranteed never to fail! Good slicer this is, real good. You can cut a man in half with one of these if you get the stroke right.“

—  Bernard Cornwell British writer 1944
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„I can't listen to music too often. It affects your nerves, makes you want to say stupid nice things and stroke the heads of people who could create such beauty while living in this vile hell.“

—  Vladimir Lenin Russian politician, led the October Revolution 1870 - 1924
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—  Robert Hall British Baptist pastor 1764 - 1831
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—  W.B. Yeats Irish poet and playwright 1865 - 1939
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