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Famous Dutch Quotations
"The tree of revenge does not carry fruit"
"An ounce of patience is worth a pound of brains."
"A handful of patience is worth more than a bushel of brains."
"A little pot boils easily."
"As long as Nazi violence was unleashed only, or mainly, against the Jews, the rest of the world looked on passively and even treaties and agreements were made with the patently criminal government of the Third Reich.... The doors of Palestine were closed to Jewish immigrants, and no country could be found that would admit those forsaken people. They were left to perish like their brothers and sisters in the occupied countries. We shall never forget the heroic efforts of the small countries, of the Scandinavian, the Dutch, the Swiss nations, and of individuals in the occupied part of Europe who did all in their power to protect Jewish lives."
"He who is outside his door already has a hard part of his journey behind him."
"He who undertakes too much seldom succeeds."
"I saw that all things I feared, and which feared me, had nothing good or bad in them save insofar as the mind was affected by them."
"The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word."
"What then is the American, this new man? He is either an European, or the descendant of an European, hence that strange misture of blood, which you will find in no other country. I could point out to you a family whose grandfather was an englishman, whose wife was Dutch, whose son married a french woman, and whose present four sons have now four wives of different nations. He is an American."
Michel-Guillaume Jean de Crevecoeur
"When two quarrel, both are to blame."
"How can we hope to remain economically competitive in a world in which... 90% of Dutch high-school students take advanced math courses and 100% of teachers in Germany have double majors, while the best we can say about our pocket of excellence is that 75% of American students have learned to critique tactfully?"
Barbara J. Alexander
"There are two kinds of people I can't stand. Those who are intolerant of other cultures, and the Dutch."
Nigel Powers (Austin's Father), Goldmember
"I believe in God. I just don't trust his ground personnel."
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