„I wish I were a girl again, half-savage and hardy, and free.“

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Escritora e poetisa britânica 1818 - 1848

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„I am free by compulsion, whether I wish to be or not.“

— José Ortega Y Gasset Spanish liberal philosopher and essayist 1883 - 1955
Context: Be it well understood, I am free by compulsion, whether I wish to be or not. Freedom is not an activity pursued by an entity that, apart from and previous to such pursuit, is already possessed of a fixed being. To be free means to be lacking in constitutive identity, not to have subscribed to a determined being, to be able to be other than what one was, to be unable to install oneself once and for all in any given being. The only attribute of the fixed, stable being in the free being is this constitutive instability. “Man has no nature”

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„I wish, I wish I were a poisonous bacterium.“

— Dorothy Parker American poet, short story writer, critic and satirist 1893 - 1967

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„I certainly wish that all men could be free“

— Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865
Context: But, to be plain, you are dissatisfied with me about the negro. Quite likely there is a difference of opinion between you and myself upon that subject. I certainly wish that all men could be free, while I suppose you do not. Yet I have neither adopted, nor proposed any measure, which is not consistent with even your view, provided you are for the Union. I suggested compensated emancipation; to which you replied you wished not to be taxed to buy negroes. But I had not asked you to be taxed to buy negroes, except in such way, as to save you from greater taxation to save the Union exclusively by other means.

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„Him that I love, I wish to be
Free — 
Even from me.“

— Anne Morrow Lindbergh American aviator and author 1906 - 2001
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„I wish I were big.“

— Gary Ross American film director 1956
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