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Jean Delumeau
I'm not inclined to write pompous books about unanswerable questions. That strikes me as a tremendous waste of time.
- Stephen Jay Gould

An advertisement tells me that life is beautiful - a personal insult.
- Peter Handke, "The Weight of the World"

I don't want to acheive immortality through my work. I want to achieve it through not dying.
- Woody Allen

It's clear to me - and has been since the age of about 10 or so - that most people are bastards, theives, and yes - even pigfuckers.
- Hunter S. Thompson
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