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- In literature, a hero is as much of a coward as the poorest beggar of the street.
- When we stop caring for our independence and are swept into some superpower’s ocean of nationhood, when the last old women who can recite an Icelandic verse is dead, then the world has become poorer. And the superpower who might have swallowed us would not be any the richer for it.
- As quoted in a speech by Mr. Valdas Adamkus, President of Lithuania