"Books, records, films - these things matter. Call me shallow but it’s the fuckin’ truth…"
– High Fidelity by Nick Hornby
"In Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace – and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock."
The Third Man