„Just being a mediocre driver has never been my ambition. That's not my style.“

Schumacher (2006) cited in: " No pressure to quit insists Schumacher http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/othersports/article-405020/No-pressure-quit-insists-Schumacher.html" Daily Mail UK, 13 September 2006

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—  Fernando Pessoa Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher 1888 - 1935

Não tenho ambições nem desejos
Ser poeta não é uma ambição minha
É a minha maneira de estar sozinho.
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„All through my life, I have been tested. My will has been tested, my courage has been tested, my strength has been tested. Now my patience and endurance are being tested.“

—  Muhammad Ali, book The Soul of a Butterfly

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„I personally like being unique. I like being my own person with my own style and my own opinions and my own toothbrush.“

—  Ellen DeGeneres American stand-up comedian, television host, and actress 1958

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„This amazing, romantic character suits me precisely because to be alone has always been part of my style or, if you like, my technique.“

—  Henry Kissinger United States Secretary of State 1923

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„Never insult the style of Elliot Rodger. I’m the most stylish person in the world. Just look at my profile pic. That’s just one of my fabulous outfits. The sweater I’m wearing in the picture is $500 from Neiman Marcus.“

—  Elliot Rodger American spree killer 1991 - 2014

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„Driving in my car
I'm driving home for Christmas
With a thousand memories
I take look at the driver next to me
He's just the same
Just the same“

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„Now I feel a great regret. My style inadequate forces me to complete the work without being able ...“

—  Osamu Tezuka, MW

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„Longevity for a columnist is a simple proposition: once you start, you don't stop. You do it until you die, or can no longer put a sentence together. It has always been my intention to die at my desk, although my most cherished ambition is to outlive the estate tax.“

—  Charles Krauthammer American journalist 1950 - 2018

Column, 18 December 2009, An anniversary of sorts http://www.jewishworldreview.com/cols/krauthammer121809.php3#.WzW2c8KWyUk at jewishworldreview.com.
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