„I may be uninspiring, but I'll be damned if I'm alien.“

—  Jorge V do Reino Unido, Allegedly said in response to H. G. Wells's criticism of his "alien [i. e. German-descended] and uninspiring court"
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„I may sink, but I'll be damned if I strike!“

—  John Paul Jones American naval officer 1747 - 1792
His much less famous response, in the late phase of the Battle of Flamborough Head, 23 September 1779, to an inquiry by his opponent (Captain Richard Pearson of the Royal Navy ship HMS Serapis) as to whether he was surrendering his ship, the USS Bonhomme Richard, which was by this time very seriously damaged. :This was what some of his sailors, reported in British newspapers at the time, claimed he had said; Jones's official report merely stated that he had answered ""in the most determined negative"".

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„Does anyone come back from this? I don't know the answer to that, but I'll be damned if I'm going to let this destroy me.“

—  Paul Reubens American actor, writer, film producer, game show host, and comedian 1952
2004 interview with Entertainment Weekly

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„And I know that I'm damned if I never get out
And maybe I'm damned if I do
But with every other beat I got left in my heart
You know I'd rather be damned with you.“

—  Jim Steinman American musician 1947
Context: Nothing ever grows in this rotten old hole And everything is stunted and lost And nothing really rocks and nothing really rolls And nothing's ever worth the cost. And I know that I'm damned if I never get out And maybe I'm damned if I do But with every other beat I got left in my heart You know I'd rather be damned with you.

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„You damn morphodite, I'll kill you!“

—  Harper Lee American author 1926 - 2016
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„I'm intact, and I don't give a damn.“

—  Arthur Rimbaud French Decadent and Symbolist poet 1854 - 1891

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„Men, you may all do as you damn please, but I'm a-goin' home.“

—  Nathan Bedford Forrest Confederate Army general 1821 - 1877
Forrest to Charles Clark, Governor of Mississippi and Isham G. Harris, former Governor of Tennessee, in response to the request that he keep fighting. As quoted in May I Quote You, General Forrest? by Randall Bedwell.

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„I'll be damned if we don't find the time to get Linux builds done.“

—  Timothee Besset French software programmer
Quoted in Michael Larabel, "Good News, id Tech 5 Is Likely Coming To Linux" http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=NzUzNg Phoronix (2009-09-14).

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„I'll be damned if I am not getting tired of this. It seems to be the profession of a President simply to hear other people talk.“

—  William Howard Taft American politician, 27th President of the United States (in office from 1909 to 1913) 1857 - 1930
Quoted in Archibald W. Butt (1930), Taft and Roosevelt.

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