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1. "Such applications were sometimes granted because the GDR, unlike any other eastern European country, could rid itself of malcontents by ditching them into West Germany, where they were automatically granted citizenship. The Stasi put all applicants under extreme scrutiny. People who applied to leave were, unsurprisingly, suspected of wanting to leave which was, other than by this long-winded and arbitrary process, a crime. An ‘application to leave' was legal, but the authorities might, if the fancy took them, choose to see it as a statement of why you didn't like the GDR. In that case it became a Hetzschrift (a smear) or a Schmäschrift (a libel) and therefore a criminal offence."
Author: Anna Funder
2. "For anyone to understand a regime like the GDR, the stories of ordinary people must be told. Not just the activists or the famous writers. You have to look at how normal people manage with such things in their pasts."
Author: Anna Funder
3. "In the GDR people were required to acknowledge an assortment of fictions as fact. Some of these fictions were fundamental, such as the idea that human nature is a work-in-progress which can be improved upon, and that Communism is the way to do it. Others were more specific: that East Germans were not the Germans responsible (even in part) for the Holocaust; that the GDR was a multi-party democracy; that socialism was peace-loving; that there were no former Nazis left in the country; and that, under socialism, prostitution did not exist."
Author: Anna Funder
4. "The penalties for being an accessory to the attempt to flee the [GDR] were greater than the crime of trying to flee itself."
Author: Anna Funder
5. "But in Potsdam people come up and say'—he puts on a small sorry voice—‘"You were right. Capitalism is even worse than you told us it would be. In the GDR you could go out alone at night as a woman! You could leave your apartment door open!"' You didn't need to, I think, they could see inside anyway."
Author: Anna Funder
6. "It was a condition of sanity both to accept ‘GDR-logic' and to ignore it. ‘If you took things as seriously as people in the west think we must have, we would have all killed ourselves!"
Author: Anna Funder
7. "Von Schnitzler's job was to show extracts from western television broadcast into the GDR—anything from news items to game shows to ‘Dallas'—and rip it to shreds. ‘That man radiated so much nastiness he simply wasn't credible. You'd come away feeling sullied, as if you'd spent half an hour atrociously badmouthing someone."
Author: Anna Funder
8. "He was still my romantic hero and I was still his livingdream"
Author: Elizabeth Gilbert
9. "Is it the Well of Wisdom because Yggdrasil drinks from it, or does Yggdrasil drink from it because it is the Well of Wisdom?"
Author: J. Aleksandr Wootton
10. "Does Yggdrasil drink from it because it is the Well of Wisdom, or is it the Well of Wisdom because Yggdrasil drinks from it?"
Author: J. Aleksandr Wootton
11. "Here's a story of a girlWho grew up lost and lonelyThinking love was fairy taleAnd trouble was made only for meEven in the darkness every color can be foundAnd every day of rain bringsWater flowingTo things growing in the groundGrief replaced with pityFor a city barely copingDreams are easy to achieveIf hope is all I'm hoping to beAny time you're hurtThere's one who has it worse aroundAnd every drop of rain will keep you growingSeeds you're sowing in the ground"
Author: Joss Whedon
12. "We are the poem's ancient band of twelve that proceeds through the ages. There were twelve of us, when we ruled the world on the cloud-covered top of Olympus, and twelve when we lived as birds in Ygdrasil's green crown. Wherever poetry went forth, there we followed. Did we not sit, twelve men strong, at King Arthur's round table, and did twelve paladins not go in Charles the Twelfth's great army? On of us has been Thor, another Jupiter, as any man should be able to see in us yet today. The divine splendor can be sensed under the rags, the lion's mane under the donkey hide. Time has treated us badly, but when we are there, the smithy becomes Mount Olympus and the cavalier's wing a Valhalla."
Author: Selma Lagerlöf

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