„Eve Moira had been a child of London, fascinated by the natural world, but drawn to the city. So, Kath Two looked to the bright lights of the big city.
Here, that meant gazing up into the sky.“

—  Neal Stephenson, "Five Thousand Years Later"
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—  Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
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