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Famous quotes containing the words wayside and/or fall:

    Quotations in my work are like wayside robbers who leap out armed and relieve the stroller of his conviction.
    Walter Benjamin (1892–1940)

    We have need of history in its entirety, not to fall back into it, but to see if we can escape from it.
    José Ortega Y Gasset (1883–1955)