„Each generation must discover its mission, fulfill it or betray it, in relative opacity.“

Variant: Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfill it, or betray it.
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„We did not ask for this mission, but we will fulfill it.“

—  George W. Bush 43rd President of the United States 1946

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„Hold every moment sacred. Give each clarity and meaning, each the weight of thine awareness, each its true and due fulfillment.“

—  Thomas Mann German novelist, and 1929 Nobel Prize laureate 1875 - 1955

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„Each work of art generate its own rules“

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„Whatever it takes to fulfill his mission
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„The life is worth living. It's not true, what the tired and reactionary say. We're not on this earth to suffer and die. We're here to fulfill a mission.“

—  Joseph Goebbels Nazi politician and Propaganda Minister 1897 - 1945

Denn das Leben ist wert, dass man es lebt. Das ist nicht wahr, was die Müden und Überlebten sagen. Wir sind nicht in diese Welt gesetzt, um zu leiden und zu sterben. Wir haben hier eine Mission zu erfüllen.
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„For one true measure of a nation is its success in fulfilling the promise of a better life for each of its members. Let this be the measure of our nation.“

—  John F. Kennedy 35th president of the United States of America 1917 - 1963

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—  Giuseppe Mazzini Italian patriot, politician and philosopher 1805 - 1872

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„We must convince each generation that they are but transient passengers on this planet earth. It does not belong to them. They are not free to doom generations yet unborn. They are not at liberty to erase humanity's past nor dim its future.“

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