„The world is so full of wonderful things we should all, if we were taught how to appreciate it, be far richer than kings.“

[Ashley, Montagu, Growing Young, Granby, Massachusetts, Bergin & Garvey, 1989, 120]

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British-American anthropologist 1905 - 1999

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