„Sorry I'm late guys, a black cat crossed my path so I had to go the long way.“

—  Hatake Kakashi, book Naruto

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„I'm not going out of my way looking for devils; but I wouldn't step out of my path to let one go by.“

—  Robert E. Howard American author 1906 - 1936

"Beyond the Black River" (1935)
Context: "There's nothing in the universe cold steel won't cut," answered Conan. "I threw my ax at the demon, and he took no hurt, but I might have missed in the dusk, or a branch deflected its flight. I'm not going out of my way looking for devils; but I wouldn't step out of my path to let one go by."

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„Oh, don't cry, I'm so sorry I cheated so much, but that's the way things are.“

—  Vladimir Nabokov, book Lolita

Variant: Don't cry, I'm sorry to have deceived you so much, but that's how life is.
Source: Lolita

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„A nation that in many ways was created—I'm sorry to have to say this, from way back—on racist principles, that's a fact, we have come a long way as a nation.“

—  Bernie Sanders American politician, senator for Vermont 1941

"Bernie Sanders to Liberty University: America Founded on 'Racist Principles, That's a Fact'" by Fred Lucas, in The Blaze (14 September 2015) http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2015/09/14/bernie-sanders-to-liberty-university-america-founded-on-racist-principles-thats-a-fact/
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„It doesn't matter whether the cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice.“

—  Deng Xiaoping Chinese politician, Paramount leader of China 1904 - 1997

Quoted in Hung Li China's Political Situation and the Power Struggle in Peking (1977), p. 107
According to Chambers Dictionary of Quotations (1993), p. 315, this quote is from a speech at the Communist Youth League conference in July 1962.

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„I'm an animal lover and my two cats are my world, so I don't wear any fur. I don't support the fur industry. And I'm not really into animal prints either, I just don't like the idea of me saying "I'm wearing a big cat today."“

—  Alyssa Campanella American model 1990

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„Way Down South in Dixie
(Break the heart of me)
They hung my black young lover
To a cross roads tree.“

—  Langston Hughes American writer and social activist 1902 - 1967

"Song for a Dark Girl" (l. 1-4), from Fine Clothes to the Jew (1927)

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„I don't like to stay long outside of Kraków. I was always happy to go back there, just like a cat. Well, that's my mental structure.“

—  Włodzimierz Ptak immunologist 1928 - 2019

Bętkowska, Teresa (August–September 2010). Mistrz niszowej dyscypliny http://www2.almamater.uj.edu.pl/126/17.pdf (PDF). Alma Mater (in Polish). Kraków: Jagiellonian University (126–127): pp. 41–46.

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