„God changes his appearance every second. Blessed is the man who can recognize him in all his disguises.“

Source: Zorba the Greek

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Greek writer 1883 - 1957

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„I looked up, and did not recognize the same man: before, I had seen death in his face; but now he was alive, and I recognized in him the presence of God.“

—  Leo Tolstoy, book What Men Live By

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„Anas reported that the Messenger of Allah, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, said, "No young man honours an old man on account of his age without Allah decreeing for him one who will honour him in his old age."“

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