„No doubt: I was in front of a madman. The awareness that the existence of our people was in the hands of an insane person, unable to dominate the situation […] weighed on me with all its strength.“

—  Dietrich von Choltitz, About Adolf Hitler.
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German general 1894 - 1966
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„But I really, since I exist, at all, I believe that it's possible for people…I've lived through impossible situations.“

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„Our society is run by insane people for insane objectives.“

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„I am a ridiculous person. Now they call me a madman. That would be a promotion if it were not that I remain as ridiculous in their eyes as before. But now I do not resent it, they are all dear to me now, even when they laugh at me — and, indeed, it is just then that they are particularly dear to me.“

—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky Russian author 1821 - 1881
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