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Friedrich Tholuck

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The grave is a very small hillock, but we can see farther from it, when standing on it, than from the highest mountain in all the world.
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Reported in Josiah Hotchkiss Gilbert, Dictionary of Burning Words of Brilliant Writers (1895), p. 291.

 
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