„As we all know, too much of any divine thing is destruction“

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—  Dwight D. Eisenhower American general and politician, 34th president of the United States (in office from 1953 to 1961) 1890 - 1969
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„We find that in research a certain amount of intelligent ignorance is essential to progress; for, if you know too much, you won't try the thing.“

—  Charles Kettering American inventor, engineer, businessman, and the holder of 140 patents 1876 - 1958
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„We now know too much about matter to be materialists.“

—  Arthur James Balfour British Conservative politician and statesman 1848 - 1930
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„To explain all nature is too difficult a task for any one man or even for any one age. 'Tis much better to do a little with certainty, & leave the rest for others that come after you, than to explain all things by conjecture without making sure of any thing.“

—  Isaac Newton British physicist and mathematician and founder of modern classical physics 1643 - 1727
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