„Very busy people always find time for everything.
Conversely, people with immense leisure find time for nothing.“

—  Ernest Dimnet, p. 106
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écrivain français 1866 - 1954
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—  Isocrates ancient greek rhetorician -436 - -338 avant J.-C.
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