„Those who have suffered much become very bitter or very gentle.“

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American historian, philosopher and writer 1885 - 1981
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Context: In making these accusations I am aware that I am making myself liable to articles 30 and 31 of the law of 29/7/1881 regarding the press, which make libel a punishable offence. I expose myself to that risk voluntarily.
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