„I have seen what a laugh can do. It can transform almost unbearable tears into something bearable, even hopeful.“

—  Bob Hope
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„Jokes can be noble. Laughs are exactly as honorable as tears. Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion, to the futility of thinking and striving anymore.“

—  Kurt Vonnegut American writer 1922 - 2007
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„A thought, even a possibility, can shatter and transform us.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900

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„[Saddam Hussein's execution] was a disaster, an unmitigated disaster. I was just so upset, even on the verge of tears. It was the antithesis of everything I had been working for and hoping for.“

—  Kanan Makiya American orientalist 1949
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