„Those who dance appear insane to those who cannot hear the music.“


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Friedrich Nietzsche635
German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and cl… 1844 - 1900

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—  Quintilian ancient Roman rhetor 35 - 96

Book X, Chapter VII, 21
See also: An X among Ys, a Y among Xs
De Institutione Oratoria (c. 95 AD)
Original: (la) Qui stultis videri eruditi volunt stulti eruditis videntur.

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