„Caution is the path to mediocrity. Gliding, passionless mediocrity is all that most people think they can achieve.“

—  Frank Patrick Herbert, kniha God Emperor of Dune

Zdroj: God Emperor of Dune

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americký spisovateľ 1920 - 1986

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