„It is such an uncomfortable feeling to know one is a fool.“

Source: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

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Children's writer, editor, journalist, screenwriter 1856 - 1919
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3. Never try to discourage thinking for you are sure to succeed.
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5. Have no respect for the authority of others, for there are always contrary authorities to be found.
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