„She made herself stronger by fighting with the wind.“

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romancière anglaise 1849 - 1924
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„Those who are weak don't fight.
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Those who are stronger still might fight
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They are the indispensable ones.“

—  Bertolt Brecht German poet, playwright, theatre director 1898 - 1956
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„The older you get the stronger the wind gets—and it’s always in your face.“

—  Jack Nicklaus American golfer 1940
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„She didn't have his gift for storytelling, but she made sure all the parts were in place, and by honoring him, she was true to herself, a woman for all times.“

—  Eleanor Clift American journalist 1940
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„Praxagora: Woman is adept at getting money for herself and will not easily let herself be deceived; she understands deceit too well herself.“

—  Aristophanés Athenian playwright of Old Comedy -446 - -385 avant J.-C.
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