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Where there is no justice, there is no freedom, and where there is no freedom, there is no justice. And should freedom and justice be for all eternity nothing more than the fleeting glimmerings of a breaking dawn, then I would rather die with that dawn than allow the rays of a sky of blind despotism to burn my skull.
–Johann Gottfried Seume, Apokryphen (1811) in: Werke, vol. 2, p. 30 (Jörg Drews ed. 1993) (S.H. transl.)
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“Shelby is waiting for something. He himself does not know what it is. When it comes he will either go back into the world from which he came, or sink out of sight in the morass of alcoholism or despair that has engulfed other vagrants.”