„There was one of two things I had a right to: liberty or death. If I could not have one, I would take the other, for no man should take me alive. I should fight for liberty as long as my strength lasted.“

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„I had reasoned this out in my mind; there was on of two things I had a right to, liberty or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other; for no man should take me alive.“

— Harriet Tubman African-American abolitionist and humanitarian 1820 - 1913
Context: I had reasoned dis out in my mind; there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty, or death; if I could not have one, I would have de oder; for no man should take me alive; I should fight for my liberty as long as my strength lasted, and when de time came for me to go, de Lord would let dem take me. Modernized rendition: I had reasoned this out in my mind; there was one of two things I had a right to, liberty, or death; if I could not have one, I would have the other; for no man should take me alive; I should fight for my liberty as long as my strength lasted, and when the time came for me to go, the Lord would let them take me. The phrase "" is a slogan made famous during the independence struggle of several countries.

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„I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!“

— Patrick Henry attorney, planter, politician and Founding Father of the United States 1736 - 1799
Context: It is vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, peace! But there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

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„She was my closest friend. She was the one person, other than my husband, I could turn to in a crisis. There was a lot of resentment when I first came to town. But Patsy was strong-willed and always taking up for me. If it hadn't been for her, I don't think I would have lasted.“

— Loretta Lynn American country-music singer-songwriter 1932
Country Weekly staff writer (2002). "Loretta Lynn" http://www.countryweekly.com/stories/stats/37299 CountryWeekly.com (accessded June 9, 2006) On Patsy Cline

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„I believe in only one thing: liberty; but I do not believe in liberty enough to want to force it upon anyone.“

— H.L. Mencken American journalist and writer 1880 - 1956
Context: I believe that liberty is the only genuinely valuable thing that men have invented, at least in the field of government, in a thousand years. I believe that it is better to be free than to be not free, even when the former is dangerous and the latter safe. I believe that the finest qualities of man can flourish only in free air – that progress made under the shadow of the policeman’s club is false progress, and of no permanent value. I believe that any man who takes the liberty of another into his keeping is bound to become a tyrant, and that any man who yields up his liberty, in however slight the measure, is bound to become a slave. "Why Liberty?”, in the Chicago Tribune (30 January 1927)

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„Fellow citizens, in the name of your rights and liberties, which I believe have been trampled upon, I refuse to take this oath.“

— Sam Houston nineteenth-century American statesman, politician, and soldier, namesake of Houston, Texas 1793 - 1863
Context: Fellow citizens, in the name of your rights and liberties, which I believe have been trampled upon, I refuse to take this oath. In the name of the nationality of Texas, which has been betrayed by the Convention, I refuse to take this oath. In the name of the Constitution of Texas, I refuse to take this oath. In the name of my own conscience and manhood, which this Convention would degrade by dragging me before it, to pander to the malice of my enemies, I refuse to take this oath. I deny the power of this Convention to speak for Texas.... I protest.... against all the acts and doings of this convention and I declare them null and void As quoted in Sam Houston (2004), by James Haley, University of Oklahoma Press, pp. 390–91

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